Three new varieties of apricot are set to be picked in New Zealand this year.
The new varieties have been created after around 20 years of research and development.
The new varieties have been developed by Plant and Food Research. The varieties are called NzSummer2, Nzsummer3, and Nzsummer4.
More than 50,000 trees of the new varieties were planted in Central Otago and parts of the North Island, spanning 60 hectares.
Small offerings of the new fruit would be available for New Zealanders this year, with full production expected from 2025 – 2027.
The new apricots are sweet with a crisper texture and juicy with a high-colour profile.