JUST as well, perhaps, that we are spared having to visit our favourite fruit shop to ask: “A pound of Robustikosen Promessa di Giugno, please.”
It’s enough to make you choke on that stone in the middle of the flesh!
This is a fascinating newcomer where ordering online will most certainly prove far more appetising. And, right now, it’s the only way to pave the way to growing a tree in your own garden.
Those Swiss fruity rascals from fruit breeders Lubera have been beavering and breeding away to produce not one, but three gorgeous sweet varieties of Robustikosen. But what, you may ask, is that?
It’s a brand new stone fruit that’s an exceptional alternative to apricots. The Lubera team were struggling to find apricot varieties which were guaranteed to last in our climate – and that’s where robustikosen come in.
They are much smaller than apricots, weighing just under an ounce and resembling a giant cherry, yet their aroma, sometimes the leaves and shoots and especially the fine, hairy skin, are reminiscent of the peach’s smaller cousin.
Because two of the varieties are in extremely short supply, I am telling you about Promessa di Giugno only to avoid disappointment.
◙ Quite a mouthful: Top – An attractively laden branch of Robustikosen Promessa di Giugno; above – fruits all ready to be savoured.
On close inspection, the fruit skin is not smooth and glossy but has very fine hairs giving a velvety impression – just like apricots, actually – only that the fruit colour is much darker.
For such an early fruit, this newcomer boasts an aroma both excellent and intense and a taste principally like that of an apricot but with hints of plum.
The variety was bred from seedlings of Eastern European black apricots that had freely faded. Among the selections from these seedling populations, Promessa di Giugno is the one with the brightest, reddest colour, as well as delivering that fascinating plummy-apricotty tang.
Harvest from the end of June, growth is attractively branched and very healthy and you’ll find the stone, or pit, is quite small.
So spit the pit and you’ll vote it a hit!
A strong tree in a 10L pot costs £37.40.