The apricot is a sweet, orange-colored fruit. Apart from tasting great, apricots are high in Vitamin C and A, copper, potassium and fiber and they are low in calories. In fact, one medium apricot contains just 17 calories.
How to pick the best apricots
Apricot season in the United States runs May to August. Look for apricots with a bright orange color that are a bit soft.
How to store apricots
Store apricots in the refrigerator for up to one week.
How to ripen apricots
If you can’t buy ripe apricots, place them in a paper bag to help ripen them. Keep the top of the paper bag closed and at room temperature until apricots reach desired ripeness.
Ways to add apricots to your diet
Apricot and Lemon energy bars
½ cup dried apricot
½ cup large medjool dates
1 cup raw almonds
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In food processor, grind the almonds until coarsely ground. Remove pits from dates and process along with dried apricots in food processor until creamy. Combine the date/apricot paste with the ground almonds and lemon juice until well combined. Press into an 8” x 8” square baking dish or loaf pan lined with parchment paper, then cut into rectangles. Wrap each bar separately with aluminum foil.