The Great Apricot Debate – Moor Park or not to Moor Park

Here in Tasmania many of us seem to have a preference for the Moor Park variety of apricots – they make excellent preserves and are good “eaters” as well.  However, it is rumoured that the Moor Park will be increasingly difficult to find and may no longer be commercially viable to grow.

This summer in consultation with Rob Clisdelle, a fifth generation stone fruit grower, I’ve experimented with different varieties.  With Rob’s help I’ve put together the following table which give an indication of how other varieties perform.  Rob hastens to add that this is a guide only based on his 30 years of growing experience.  Apricots are very micro climate sensitive, so there may well be some variations. 

This table includes the most commonly grown varieties – others are grown in smaller quantities.  Further helpful information can be found at www.flemings.com.au

** denotes apricots grown in Tasmania.

I hope that the table will prove to be useful should the day arrive when we home preservers can no longer find easy access to the wonderful Moor Park.

 

APRICOT VARIETY

 

 

Bottling

 

Jam

 

Chutney

 

Dehydrating

 

Stewing

 

Eating

 

Glazing

 

**Moor Park

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Solarmate

 

 

Yes

 

No (jam too dark)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Goldrich

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Rival

 

 

No

 

No (jam too dark)

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes (end of season picked)

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Orange Red

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Avarine

 

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Hunter

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No (bit woody)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

**Golden Sweet

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Qew

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

**Tilston

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

**Palstyn

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

**Sundrop

 

Yes

 

No (but ok for conserve or jelly)

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

**Bergeron

  

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Earlicot

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Poppicot

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Castlebright

 

 

Yes

 

Yes, or use Trevatt

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Katy

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Robarta

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Lorna

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Trevatt

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Story

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Mystery

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

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