A apricot sliced in half with the pit visible

How to select

Choose plump, firm apricots that are uniform in color.

How to prepare

  • Using a knife, cut to the pit and then around the whole apricot. 
  • Twist each half in opposite directions to remove the pit. 
  • Some recipes ask that you peel the apricot.

How to store

Ripen apricots in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, place apricots in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 3-5 days.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Sear apricots in butter and cinnamon for a delicious treat. 
  • Puree apricots with fruit juice and freeze to make homemade popsicles. 
  • Toss apricots into any fruit or vegetable salad. 
  • Enjoy apricots plain as a quick, healthy snack.

Fun facts

  • Apricots are native to China. 
  • Though apricots look similar to peaches, they are part of a different species. 
  • A popular kind of apricot is known as Royal Blenheim, which is a pink and orange color.

Nutrition info and facts

Apricots are high in the antioxidants beta carotene and vitamins A, C, and E. Apricots contain nutrients that support eye health. The fiber content of apricots aids in digestion and blood sugar control.

2 fresh apricots = 34 calories, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 1.5 g fiber

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Have a Plant. Apricots.

Healthline. 9 Health and nutrition benefits of apricots. July 12, 2023.

Simply Recipes. All about apricots. March 15, 2022.