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Scientific Binomial Name: Prunus armeniaca

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Eating fresh, baking, glazes, canning, dried, preserves and jams, desserts.

Excellent juiced.

Selection

An Apricot should be well-formed and fairly firm. Pick apricots that are dark yellow or yellow-orange in color.

Avoid

Apricots are very fragile and are prone to bruising – so look for indications of poor handling.

Avoid apricots that are dull looking, soft, mushy or extremely firm. Bruised areas will be obviously brown.

Storage

Soft fruit should be ripened at room temperature and then refrigerated until you're ready to eat them.

Unripend soft fruit can be stored for up to a week in the coldest part of your regrigerator, and will still ripen correctly.

Ripening

To ripen apricots, place them in a sealed plastic or paper bag and keep them at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Apricots are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Potassium, and a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

    Amount per serving

    Calories :48Calories from Fat :
    Total Fat0.39
    Cholesterol0%
    Sodium 1%
    Total Carbohydrate11.12%
    Dietary Fiber2%
    Sugars 9.24%
    Protein 1.4%
    Vitamin A1926%
    Vitamin C10%
    Calcium 13 %
    Iron 0.39%

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Apricots are known as, "Moons of the Faithful" in China where they originated. Their cultivation spread westward from China to Persia and the Mediterranean, eventually coming to the New World with Spanish settlers.

    The apricot brought to North America by Spanish explorers who planted them in the gardens of their missions.

    The first major North American apricot harvest was recorded in 1792 south of San Francisco.

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