High in vitamin A and C, apricots have been sun-dried in the Middle East for thousands of years. Today most of America’s crop comes from California.
How to Choose Apricots
Select plump, fragrant fruits that are uniform in color. A bruise will not affect the flavor unless the skin is broken.
How to Store Apricots
To ripen, keep apricots at room temperature in a paper bag until soft and fragrant. If you’re not eating them immediately, they’ll keep refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 5 days. Dried apricots can be kept in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
How to Prepare Apricots
To pit an apricot, cut around the seam, then twist the 2 halves. The pit should pop out easily.
How to Use Apricots
Apricots are delicious in sweet tarts and other desserts, add a fruity touch to savory stuffings, and complement lamb, poultry, and pork especially well.
Real Simple Apricot Recipes:
- Ice Cream With Honey-Poached Apricots
- Banana-Apricot Bread
- Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars
- Couscous With Apricot Vinaigrette
- Couscous Salad With Chicken and Apricots
Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.
Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.