Before peaches, plums and berries appear in markets, apricots arrive. Ancient Romans were so impressed by this fruit’s early ripening that they took to calling it praecocium, Latin for “precocious.” Most apricots are destined to be canned or dried, and their season is fleeting, so get fresh ones fast. Enjoy the fruits alone for a snack, or highlight their inherent sweetness in one of our delicious recipes (below).
Even if you miss apricot season, there are many ways to take advantage of this delicious fruit. Dried apricots are useful in a multitude of recipes, from stews to salads and desserts. Toss some dried apricots with baby spinach, almonds and vinaigrette for a delicious salad, or poach apricots with spices for a quick snack or dessert topping. And apricot nectar adds a sweet note to sauces, desserts and beverages.