Season: June to July
Description: Apricots are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Apricots are also an excellent source vitamin A, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A also helps maintain eye health. Apricots also provide potassium and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.
Selection: Choose apricots that are plump, firm, and uniform and rich orange color.
Storing: Store apricots at room temperature until they become ripe. You can tell the apricot is ripe if it is slightly soft when you squeeze it. Once it is ripe, store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for 3 to 5 days.