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Shopping Tip - How to Pick Sweet and succulent apricots that offer taste of summer
(NC) - Savor the first taste of summer with fresh ripe California apricots. Flavorful and irresistible, apricots, fresh from California orchards, are only available in markets from early May through the 4th of July. Full of healthy nutrients and vitamin C, tasty apricots makes it easy to enjoy 2 or more servings of fresh fruit each day.
Don't let the short peak growing season, about 8 weeks, pass you by. For more information and recipes, www.califapricot.com.
Availability: May through July
Flavor: Sweet and slightly tangy
Color: Blushing golden orange
Ripe When: Gives slightly to the touch
Varieties: Over 10 varieties of fresh California apricots. Common varieties include:
Storage: Ripe apricots, if not used immediately, should be refrigerated.
To ripen overly firm apricots, hold at room temperature in a closed paper bag.
Yield: 8 to 12, or 3 cups sliced, fresh apricots to a pound.
Handling: Ripe apricots are fairly fragile, and should be handled with care.
Enjoy freshly picked. Firm, ripe apricots can be baked, poached, grilled or sautéed. Soft, ripe apricots can be made into jams, sorbets and sauces.
To peel an apricot, submerge in boiling water for 20 seconds; cool quickly in cold water and remove skin.
For more information and delicious recipes, visit www.califapricot.com.
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