The apricots are ripening quickly now! Their weight is dragging down the tree's branches and changing its character. What used to be a tight, dense canopy is now awkward and splayed out. I imagine the tree will give a huge sigh of relief once it's relieved of its burden!
As this apricot crop is a new experience, we've been speculating about the most efficient ways to harvest and preserve this fruit. My grandmother's old edition of "The Good Housekeeping Cookbook" (which also features a recipe for Squirrel Fricassee, by the way), seems to have the most complete information on multiple ways of preserving specific fruits and vegetables.
Right now I'm leaning towards a combination of gorging on fresh fruit, freezing some, and drying a bit, too.
Any favorite apricot recipes out there?