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When Are Apricots in Season?

By Connor Bonam

February 27, 2024

Apricots, with their sunny hue and sweet-tart flavor, are a versatile summertime treat. But when are they at their peak, offering the best taste and value? Look no further! This comprehensive guide, powered by Fetch, dives into the world of apricots, uncovering their seasonality, selection tips, and delicious recipe ideas.

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Sunshine All Year Round: Consistent Availability and Pricing

Apricots are in season from May through July, although sales and prices of apricots remain fairly consistent throughout the year, giving you the flexibility to enjoy them whenever your taste buds crave a touch of sunshine. Plus, with Fetch granting you points for every grocery purchase, you can indulge guilt-free while earning rewards.

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Beyond the Basics: Unraveling Apricot Delights

Ready to unlock the secrets of apricots? Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Mastering the Pronunciation: How you say, “apricot,” is mostly dictated by where in the world you live. “APP-ruh-kaht” is considered the correct way to pronounce the name of this delicious fruit here in the United States. The British pronunciation features a long “A” sound and is pronounced “AY-pruh-kaht.” Both are technically correct.
  2. Growing on Sunshine:Apricots grow on trees, typically reaching maturity in warm climates with ample sunlight. California reigns supreme in the US, producing most of the apricots we enjoy.
  3. Shelf Life: Fresh apricots are delicate, with a shelf life of 3-5 days in the refrigerator. However, proper storage techniques can extend their lifespan (more on that later!).
  4. Selecting Sweet Perfection: Look for firm, unblemished apricots with a vibrant orange color. Avoid any with soft spots, wrinkles, or excessive green patches. Gently press the stem end; it should give slightly, indicating ripeness.
  5. Enjoying Apricot Goodness: Wash them gently under cool running water before eating. To cut, halve them and remove the pit with a knife. You can enjoy them whole, slice them for salads, or use them in various recipes.
  6. Storage Smarts: Store unwashed apricots in the refrigerator drawer. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel-lined container to absorb moisture. This will help them stay fresh for up to 5 days.

Tips for identifying ripe apricots

Recipe Remix: Easy Ways to Use Apricots in Your Kitchen 

Now, for the fun part – recipes! Here are three ways to savor apricots:

  • Homemade Apricot Jam: Capture the summer essence with this easy jam recipe. Perfect for spreading on toast, topping yogurt, or using in baking.
  • Dehydrated Apricot SnacksDehydrate sliced apricots for a healthy and portable snack. Enjoy them plain or dip them in melted dark chocolate for an extra indulgence.
  • Apricot Glaze for Savory Dishes: Create a sweet and tangy glaze for chicken, pork, or tofu by simmering apricot puree with soy sauce, ginger, and honey.

Tips on how best to store apricots

Earn Rewards on Your Grocery Purchases With the Fetch App

So, remember, apricots offer year-round enjoyment with consistent availability and pricing. Choose them wisely, store them smartly, and use the Fetch grocery app when making your shopping list to earn free gift cards while you unlock a world of apricot-infused culinary creations!

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Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists