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Apricots!

Apricots are like a great blend of both plum and peach. You get the sweetness and the tartness with this amazing fruit that is only 17 calories.  The apricot is full of beta-carotene and fiber packs a punch of antioxidants in each bite.

Ways to Eat Apricots

Fresh – Grab and go!
Choose apricots that are both firm and plump. They are a pretty yellow/orange/red color. Allow them to ripen at room temperature, and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in a closed container. To hurry ripening, place them in a brown paper bag and keep it closed and away from light.

Cleaning Apricots
Rinse under running water and pat them dry.

Dried – Dried Apricots by Martha Stewart

  1. 10 to 11 apricots, pits removed, halved or quartered and 2 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste
  2. Heat oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (or a Silpat baking mat, if you’re drying figs). Arrange fruit, cut sides up, spaced 1/2 to 1 inch apart, on the pan. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over fruit; depending on fruit’s tartness, add more sugar.
  3. Transfer pan to oven; dry until the fruit has shriveled, edges have dried, and centers are still juicy; timing will vary according to a variety of fruit, ripeness, and size, 1 1/2 to 4 hours. If juices start to run, baste with juices every hour. Transfer pan to a cooling rack; remove from pan while still warm.

Poached – Poaching Apricots

  1. Clean your apricots and cut them into halves.
  2. Remove the pits but be sure not to peel the apricots.
  3. Place the apricots into a medium saucepan and cover them with water.
  4. Poach the apricots for about 8 min. or until very tender.
  5. Remove the apricots from the poaching liquid and serve them warm.

Apricots can be used in cakes, crumbles, pancakes, donuts, glazes, and salads.

What are you going to do with your apricots?

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