Apricots are a small light orange colored fruit, with a velvety skin. High in beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. These fruits are in the same family as peaches. Apricots are not very juicy in nature yet they are sweet with a hint of tartness.
Apricots often are eaten fresh, dried, canned, made into jams, or fillings for baked goods.
Choose a fruit with a vibrant orange color, a little soft to touch. Avoid yellowish, hard fruits. Tree ripened fruits are the most delicious.
Apricots have a pit in the middle. Cut down to the pit then around, separate the two halves and remove the pit.
Apricots keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days and if frozen for 8-12 months, in airtight containers.
The origin of apricot trees is difficult to say because it has been cultivated in many countries since prehistoric times.
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