Awesome Apricots


Apricots are in season from May to early July. So now is it time to indulge your apricot cravings. While their season may be short, it is worth the wait all year. And it is also the perfect time to try dried or canned apricots to have their sweet-tart, luscious flavor available to you all year long.

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These fine summer fruits have a dense, juicy flesh and delicate, velvety skins. While most apricots are destined to be preserved for a later date, they are available now. So, get the fresh ones fast. They are good enough to eat on their own as a snack, in a Greek yogurt or in a multitude of recipes.

Find out more about this fabulous early season fruits.

Apricot health benefits:
Apricots are low in calories and high in nutrients like vitamin A and C. About three fresh apricots will give you about half the vitamin A needed for the day.  Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin and mucus membranes. It is also beneficial for good vision. A lack of vitamin A may cause night blindness, increase susceptibility to cold and other illnesses.

They also contain a fair amount of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. They also contain beta carotene which is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.

Choosing apricots:
There are many varieties of apricots. Including the colorfully named Lorna, Ambercot, Blenhein and Goldbar. Some are large and plush while some have a uniform orange color while others are smaller and can have a rosy cast. There is also a red velvet hybrid with a nearly black skin that is a apricot and a plum put together.

When selecting an apricot look for one that is ripe and ready to eat. Look for fairly firm apricots with a deep orange color. Try smelling the apricot, a ripe one should have a floral fragrance. Apricots that are hard have not ripened yet and soft, squishy apricots have gone too far.

After you choose your apricot, eat or save them as soon as possible. As if you can wait that long.

Storing Apricot:
With their short season it is common for apricots to be saved for later. And that is a fine thing, dried and canned apricots are equally delicious. Try your favorite canning or dying method to preserve these sunshine-colored summer fruits.

Try freezing apricots by halving the fruit and removing the pit. Place the halves fruits on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once the apricots are frozen place them in a plastic re-sealable bag and save for later.

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