Around 100,000 tonnes of summer stonefruit are produced from October to April each year by more than 1200 growers. Early season’s produce comes from sub-tropical Queensland and northern areas of Western Australia and New South Wales and are followed by crops from areas such as mid to southern New South Wales, parts of Victoria like Swan Hill and the Riverland of South Australia. Fruit from cooler climates are last to market.
Renmark, Swan Hill and the Goulburn Valley (Shepparton and Cobram) represent more than 50% of Australia’s summer stonefruit production, while Tasmania produces all the Australian-grown apricots harvested in mid January to February.
Summer stonefruit should be handled carefully and stored at room temperature. Don’t store fruit in the fridge as it will lose flavour and texture.