Apricots

The Prince of the Valais orchard

The emblematic fruit of the canton, the Valais apricot is produced by sun-drenched orchards. With an attractive reddish-orange colour, a velvety skin and a sweet, acidic flavour, it is one of summer’s indulgent pleasures and is equally at home in both sweet and savoury recipes: tarts, jams, juices, sorbets, stir-fried dishes, tartares and even carpaccios. Which will you choose? Buy the Prince of the Valais orchard from one of the many points of sale and put a ray of sunshine on your plate.

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    97% of Swiss apricot production

    is harvested in Valais orchards.

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    704 hectares of orchards

    are dedicated to apricot production in Valais, including 136 hectares of Luizet

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    Rich in vitamins, refreshing and sweet

    with only 47 calories per 100gr.

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    The cultivation area

    extends from Sierre to Vernayaz: 2/3 on the slopes of the left bank and 1/3 in the Rhône plain.

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    Composition

    The apricot is rich in vitamins especially beta-carotene, an antioxidant which protects the skin from the effects of the atmosphere and the sun. It increases the body’s natural defences.

One thousand flavours

If the Luizet du Valais reigned for a long time as a master, since 1990 it has been alongside no less than thirty new varieties which allow the spreading out of the harvest. From the earliest to the latest, the different varieties of Valais apricots can be enjoyed throughout the summer.

Early
from mid-June

High season
July-August

Late
August-September

Robada
Orangered
Vick Royal
Flopria
Chrisgold                 

Goldrich/Jumbo Cot
Luizet
Bergeval
Kioto

Harogem
Bergeron
Tardif de Tain
Tardif de Valence

Recipes with apricots