Sunday, June 5, 2011

Produce 101 - Apricot

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Produce 101 - Apricot

Picking the best
The apricot is a stone fruit, which also includes plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries and almonds. When selecting apricots, look for golden yellow color, plumpness and firmness. When ripe, apricots should yield to small amounts of gentle pressure and have a sweet fragrance. Shriveled skin, bruises and or soft spots are to be avoided when selecting apricots; the skin should be smooth and velvety.

Apricots ripen at room temperature; you can ripen them faster by putting them in a paper bag with an apple, banana or pear. Once ripen they will last a couple of days under refrigeration. Only wash apricots when ready to eat.


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