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California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley
     

California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley

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by Robin Chapman
 

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Picked warm from a tree, a California apricot opens into halves as easily as if it came with a dotted line down its center. The seed infuses the core with a hint of almond; the fruit carries the scent of citrus and jasmine; and it tastes, some say, like manna from heaven. In these pages, Robin Chapman recalls the season when the Santa Clara Valley was the largest

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Picked warm from a tree, a California apricot opens into halves as easily as if it came with a dotted line down its center. The seed infuses the core with a hint of almond; the fruit carries the scent of citrus and jasmine; and it tastes, some say, like manna from heaven. In these pages, Robin Chapman recalls the season when the Santa Clara Valley was the largest apricot producer in the world and recounts the stories of Silicon Valley's now lost orchards. From the Spaniards in the eighteenth century who first planted apricots in the Mission Santa Clara gardens to the post-World War II families who built their homes among subdivided orchards, relive the long summer days ripe with bumper crops of this much-anticipated delicacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609497958
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,317,298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


A native and current resident of Los Altos in Santa Clara County, California, Robin Chapman's career as a television reporter and news anchor spanned affiliates in San Francisco, as well as Oregon, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Chapman is a member of the Los Altos History Museum and Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society.

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California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who enjoys the ambrosia of apricots will enjoy this book. Robin Chapman provides an informative, interesting and easy MUST read. As well as telling an engaging personal story, she interweaves the history of Santa Clara/Silicon Valley’s past as the “Valley of Hearts Delight” and apricot center of the world. I look forward to trying some of the recipes included.