A freestone apricot with golden orange skin and red blush. Hardicot apricot trees tend to bloom later than most common apricots and thus may miss early frost damage to flowers. Hardicot fruit has firm sweet yellow flesh with classic apricot flavour.... great for eating fresh, drying and processing. Even the apricot kernel(seed) is edible and eating the kernel with its strong almond flavour is thought to be a good remedy for fighting cancer. This apricot is self - fertile but always produces more fruit with another variety close by for cross pollination. Our Hardicot trees are tough enough to withstand climates outside of the traditional apricot growing areas(Niagara region zone 8/9). This year our Hardicot trees are not grafted to make them even more winter hardy ... thus able to resist the colder Canadian climates.