Apricots do not keep well. Most apricots are picked while very unripe, and never develop much apricot flavor. When ripe, an apricot is very soft but not mushy. Apricots are easy to bruise. Do not refrigerate apricots.
Apricots are commonly used in jam.
To cut an apricot, slice around its seam, twist it in half, and lift out the pit. Be gentle.
When fresh apricots aren't in season, dried apricots are often available. Choose brown ones (without sulfur dioxide) if you can find them. Choose tough chewy ones over soft ones. Soft ones have a less intense flavor, more water, and often added glycerin.
Freeze-dried apricots are crunchy and extremely sweet.
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In North America, Apricots are available throughout the year from different regions:
- Mid-February through mid-March from Chile
- Mid-June through mid-July from California
- Mid-July through mid-August from Washington