Apricots

Ripe fresh apricots taste like lemony peaches. Wonderful in smoothies, salads, quick breads and pies, they are available from early June clear into August.

WHEN TO BUY
Early June through late August

NUTRITION FACTS
Amount in 1 Serving: 3
Calories: 60
Fiber: 5.4 grams
Fat: 0.1 gram
Protein: 0.8 grams
A good source of: vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene

HOW TO CHOOSE
Because fresh apricots ripen poorly once they're picked, look for apricots that are just ripe. They should be:

  • Deep orange-yellow with a peachy blush
  • Soft, but not mushy
  • Sweet smelling. No aroma means no flavor.

HOW TO STORE
It's important to eat ripe, fresh apricots soon after you buy them. Refrigerate them for no more than two days.

HOW TO PREPARE

To prepare them for use in smoothies, muffins, pies and dessert topping, bring water to a boil and plunge the apricots in. Allow to boil for 30 seconds, drain, and peel as soon as they are cool enough to handle. (The skin should slip right off.)

Dice, skin on, for use in fruit salads. Toss with lime juice for added flavor.

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