Apricots are here and ready to be enjoyed. Throw them on the grill, chop them into salsas, or eat them raw, it doesn’t matter, just eat them.
By Maya Dangerfield
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What about it?
It’s hard to imagine a fruit sexier than the apricot. Okay, the strawberry in its cabal with the chocolate industry is undeniably sexy. Cherries? Granted cherries did receive an early nineties bump from the innuendo laden cherry-stem trick of Twin Peaks fame, but can you think of a fruit more historically aphrodisiac than the apricot? I think not. From references in Midsummer’s Night Dream, being dubbed ‘apricocks’ in English courts, to serving as a massage oil for Aboriginal Australians, the impact of the small golden fruit with a slight peach blush covers the globe. Originating in China where they were referred to as ‘moons of the faithful’, the fruit and its 20 varieties spread quickly across Asia and the Middle East. Consuming a raw apricot provides a hearty dose of vitamin A (674 IU)—nearly two-thirds of the recommended daily intake for adult men and women. Part of the stone fruit family and closely related to almond, the apricot ripens between May and August. The fruit is a multipurpose powerhouse—its kernel (the seeds found within the hard inner shell) is used to flavor the liqueur Amaretto.
How to Use It
Apricots are best when consumed raw and in season. Apricots are easy to prep and its skin can be eaten uncooked. Selecting an apricot that tastes as delicious as it looks is a notoriously difficult task. A fully ripe apricot is slightly soft but be wary—super soft does not signal ripeness as apricots are relatively juice free. When searching for apricots select unbruised fruit with a floral scent. Look for golden yellow fruits as pale yellow and green apricots signal immaturity.
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