Apricots are a beautifully sweet and flavourful fruit. Golden orange in colour Fresh Apricots are sweet and aromatic and are packed with loads of nutritional goodness — beta-carotene to protect against free radicals, fiber digestive health; and plentiful supply of vitamin C.
Part of the stone fruit family, apricots are velvety to the touch with smooth succulent pulp. Its flavour is unique with undertones of peaches though sweeter, and a plum-like aroma.
STONE FRUITS are characterised by their hard seed in the centre and refer to apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, plumcots, nectarines and their varieties. They are somewhat different from other fruit in that they are often harvested unripe to maintain their quality during transportation.
The main punch stone fruits pack is their vitamin content. They provide a variety of vitamins: A, C, E, K and six of the B complex vitamins. Stone fruits also contain high amounts of potassium and provide some magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, and calcium.
Buying and storage tips:
Choose fresh golden-orange colour Apricots that are uniform in size and with a pleasant aroma. Avoid those with pale yellow skin as they may have been picked too early from the tree.
Ripen apricots in a paper bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Unripe apricots can be stored openly at room temperature up to 5 days. Refrigerate ripe apricots in a sealed container up to one week. (Be sure that they are ripened first, as they will not ripen in the refrigerator.)