Albicocca di Galàtone
Place of Origin
The Albicocca di Galàtone (apricot) is a variety of apricot of small size with a colour ranging from yellow to pale pink, with a sweet taste and particularly juicy.
The apricot trees can bear fruit up to 50 years. It is believed that this has been obtained by grafting the apricots on almond trees rather than plum trees.
It is a type of apricot difficult to find on the market, but thanks to the Slow Food Foundation more and more farmer are starting again its production.
In addition to being cultivated in the territory of the city of Galàtone, it is also cultivated in the territories of the towns of Nardò, Seclì and Sannicola, in province of Lecce.
The ripening period of the fruit is in June, in particular the first two weeks of the month.
It is a very tender fruit that makes it impossible to produce on an industrial scale and, for this reason, available only locally.
The apricot of Galàtone is a fruit to eat fresh, newly harvested. It is also good for creating jams.