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  • 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.

    —Jenny Rosenstrach

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  • How To: Remove Apricot Pits

    See how to remove the pit in three easy steps.

     

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