U-pick Apricots at D & L Acres and an Apricot Smoothie

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Apricot Smoothie

I must be on a roll… I can’t believe that I just enjoyed two consecutive days off.  On my first day off, I did pretty much nothing.  Two afternoon naps, dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants and then I went to bed early and slept for another twelve hours.  I never sleep that much.  8 hours max.  There was no doubt, I really needed the sleep.

Today I woke up cheery and refreshed.  I felt like my normal self again.  What was even better is that today was U-Pick apricot day at D & L Acres.   D & L Acres is one of the only U-Pick apricot orchards here in Southern Oregon.  D & L is open for business from mid July to early August and I have to tell you, their apricots are absolutely fantastic!  I was so excited as I grabbed my camera, my bucket, and headed out to the orchard.  I knew that I was in for a real treat!

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A view of the front orchard.  This orchard has been picked through…  In the back orchard, that was another story.

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In the back orchard, the trees were totally loaded with apricots.  So loaded, that some of the branches were broken on the trees because of the heavy fruit.  This year was a good year.  Tons of bright orange apricots, sweet and juicy!

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These apricots were so ripe that if you just touched them, they would fall off the tree.  I knew that once I got these apricots home, they would not last long.  I had to process them immediately.

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A bucketful of fresh picked apricots.

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And a handful of apricots!  Orange color with a pink blush.  These are called Tilton apricots.  They are perfect for canning, freezing or drying.  They also have a heart like shape similar to a peach.  They’re also great blended up in a smoothie.

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As soon as I got home, I whipped out my new blender.  I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.  Sweet creamy smoothies for Bruce and I.  Oh, and I have to tell you that they sure were delicious!

Thank you Janie and Brian for the apricots!  If you are looking for apricots in the Southern Oregon area, be sure to look up D & L Acres.  D & L Acres is located at 5225 Fern Valley Road in Medford, Oregon.  Call for apricot availability before heading out.  The apricot season is short, and in my opinion, the apricots at D & L acres are awesome.  Their phone number is (541) 535 – 2901.  Be sure to tell them that I sent you!  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 large pitted apricots
  • 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp honey or sugar
  • 1 or 2 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Makes one serving.

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20 thoughts on “U-pick Apricots at D & L Acres and an Apricot Smoothie

  1. mjskit

    What absolutely gorgeous apricots! I’m very envious. A late freeze got the apricot here this year, so no fresh apricots. Wish D&L acres were closer. I’d be out there in the morning. I did make an apricot smoothie this morning with some I had frozen from last year. Enough for 2 more smoothies. I’ll be trying your recipe next. Like the addition of the apple juice.

    1. Tessa

      Hey MJ! The apple juice was an experiment and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Adds a bit of sweetness and in my opinion, does not over power the apricot flavor.

  2. Sissi

    I love apricots and I appreciate so much their versatility. They are perfect in jams, hot or savoury preserves, cakes…. but I have never thought about drinking them! What an excellent idea!

  3. skoraq cooks

    These are the most beautiful, the ripest and the most fresh apricots that I have ever seen so I am more than sure that the smoothie must have been amazing :-)

    1. Tessa

      No kidding huh? The apricots that we find in the stores are not even close to the ones that we can pick ourselves. So fresh and delicious!

      1. skoraq cooks

        Yeah I can imagine Tessa. Unfortunately I only have access to those store bought apricots:-( But I do know that, as you write, they only resemble the real thing that comes straight from the tree into your bucket or stomach ;-)

  4. sippitysup

    I’ve picked apples and strawberries and plums. I’ve picked green beans and avocados too. But never have I had the pleasure of shimmeeing up an apricot tree. GREG

  5. Raymund

    Wow I missed coming here, after a long vacation here I am back again drooling over my keyboard imagining when can I make some of those :)

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Karen. Apricot orchards are fairly rare in my area because they like warmer weather. I was lucky to stop by and get some considering the short season.

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