We have an apricot tree in our front yard. Last year it didn't produce any fruit, but this year it did. I guess it helped that we watered and pruned the tree. I don't think the previous owners did that.
My kids and I had fun the other morning picking apricots. There's something rewarding about picking beatific fruit off of a tree in your yard.
I made 24 jars of apricot jam and then we gave a lot of the rest of the apricots away to friends. I'd never made apricot jam before, but I borrowed my friend's water bath canner (I need to get one of my own) and made some. It was fun and turned out really pretty and delicious. I didn't know how much sugar and how little apricots go into apricot jam. That's why it's good, I guess! Maybe next year I'll try a reduced sugar version.