While I’m sure we have all seen dried apricots or apricot jam in the supermarket, few have actually tried raw apricots. They have the same texture as a peach with the slight tartness like that found in a plum. They come into season at the end of April and continue through August.
Apricots are high in vitamins C and A. In addition they are packed with beta-carotene, even more so than carrots. So eating a serving of apricots daily will help prevent the loss of sight. Apricots are also full of dietary fiber so while they may be small, they will help keep you full longer!
Tips On Selecting & Preparing Apricots:
– Look for ones that are bright orange in color, avoid selecting pale or yellow apricots.
– Apricots should be a little soft, selecting ones that are too firm mean that they were picked before they were fully tree ripened.
– The apricot skins are edible, however they can be peeled off if desired.
– Since the skins can be hard to get off, place them in boiling water for 15-20 seconds then take out and put into an ice bath, repeat until the skins become easy to remove.
Easy Ways To Add Apricots To Your Diet:
– Add slices to cereal or oatmeal for breakfast.
– Add chopped apricots to fruit salad in the place of peaches.
– Add sliced apricots to salads.
– Add an apricot to your favorite smoothie.