All About Apricots

All About Apricots

Did you know that you can enjoy apricots year-round? It’s true! Fresh, frozen, canned, or dried: all forms count. 

Fresh apricots are typically in season in the spring and summer. [1] However, frozen and dried apricots are especially popular in fall and winter dishes. From jams to pies to fruit cakes and more, apricots are essential for holiday cooking.  

Apricots are an underrated fruit if you ask us. One apricot is only about 17 calories. [2] They are also great sources of vitamins A and C, both of which have been shown to support immune health. [3]  

Note: When purchasing dried apricots, check the packaging to make sure that there are no added sugars. This fruit doesn’t need any help satisfying your sweet tooth! 

hands holding dried apricots

Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy apricots:

  • Make your own trail mix by combining dried apricots, whole-grain cereals, and nuts. 
  • Increase your veggie intake by whipping up this Apricot and Blue Cheese Spread recipe and dipping in celery, carrots, or cherry tomatoes. You could also pair this spread with whole-grain crackers for a well-balanced mid-day snack.
  • Purchase frozen apricots at the grocery store, and you’ll be prepared the next time you crave a cool treat. Just add a splash of orange juice and water and blend until smooth. 
  • Dice up a fresh apricot or slice a dried one and toss it in a salad. 
  • Simply slice a fresh apricot and enjoy! 
  • Fresh or dried, apricots are a great topping option for overnight oats. 
  • Did someone say sweet and savory? Apricots pair well with many different flavors. If you have to taste it to believe it, we recommend starting with these recipes:  

apricot overnight oats

Written by Darci Bell, RDN, LD | Edited by Nutrition Team 

References:  

[1] SNAP-Ed Connection  

[2] USDA  

[3] Fruits and Veggies for Better Health 

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