Today is National Apricot Day. Apricots are in season in North America from May to August, but are available canned all year round. Apricots are small orange fruits that are smooth and sweet. The fruit is ready for eating if it is slightly soft to the touch. A hard apricot has not been ripened on the tree and will not have that perfect flavor. Choose an apricot that has a rich orange color. Add sliced apricots to your breakfast cereal, or slice on top of pancakes. Add them to a green leafy salad for a lovely burst of sweetness.
Here are five fun facts:
- Apricots originated in China and were brought over to the US by Spanish explorers.
- The apricot is called "praecoquus" in Latin - which translates as "early ripening" as the apricot ripens earlier than most other summer fruit.
- Apricots are low in fat, high in vitamins A and C, and are a good source of potassium.
- One apricot has 17 calories.
- Dried apricots are higher in sugar than fresh.
Some delicious apricot recipes for you to try:
- Apricot and Raisin Compote
- Apple Apricot Bread Pudding
- Apricot Chicken Tajine
- Veal Stew with Apricots and Prunes
- Apricot Canapes
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