Ah, the apricot. Each juicy, sweet and tart golden ball of fruit contains only 17 calories, making them a guilt-free, go-to snack. Not only are these orange beauties tasty, they are also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, dietary fiber and potassium. We’ve pulled 6 of our amazing apricot recipes so you can enjoy both the great taste and the benefits of these vitamins.
Apricots originated in Asia more than 4,000 years ago, migrating to Persia and the Mediterranean before making their way to the United States.
While the growing season is short (from May through August in North America), dried, frozen and canned apricots can be enjoyed throughout the year both alone and as a part of many baked good apricot recipes.
Looking for a spicy kick to get your morning jumpstarted? Try this Apricot Jalapeno Jelly. Spread it on toast, English muffin or bagel for breakfast, serve it poured over a brick of cream cheese with crackers on the side, or make it your secret weapon in a grilled ham and cheese. You can vary the heat of your jalapeños to make this jelly as spicy as you want.
Prefer sweet over spicy? Then we suggest these soft and thick Apricot White Chocolate Cookies.
This Apricot Bars recipe with chopped pecans has been popular with our fans for decades.
Check out this vintage, 1969 TV commercial for our similar Apricot Squares.
Why should pineapples have all the fun? We took the traditional upside down cake recipe and turned it right side up (or would that still be upside down?) by replacing the pineapple with apricots.
The versatile apricot isn’t just for dessert or snack. It can pack a punch as a main dish marinade as well. This Sriracha Apricot Glazed Pork dish will be the centerpiece of any family meal. The glaze works equally well on chicken and fish too.
Here’s a healthy Apple Apricot Walnut Muffin recipe that’s tasty any time of day. Try it warm for breakfast or pop it into your lunch for an energy boosting snack. Packed full of antioxidant crime fighters including apples, apricots and walnuts.
6 Apricot Quick Facts:
- Apricots are a member of the rose family – a close relative to the peach and plum.
- An apricot tree can grow 12 – 15 feet tall and produce fruit for 20 – 25 years.
- Each apricot contains 4-5 grams of catechins, which are known to combat inflammation.
- The apricot tree originated in China and is thought to have arrived in to Spanish missions of California around 1792.
- Ninety-five percent of the apricots in the US are grown in California.
- Astronauts ate apricots on the Apollo moon mission.
Which of these apricot recipes is your favorite?