In season | Apricots

By
The Editor
Added
28 January, 2014

A rose by any other name would probably smell as sweet as an apricot – the small flowering tree is actually a member of the rose family. Despite the apricot's sunset-coloured blush, velvety skin and sweet, juicy flesh, they can often be passed over in favour of their larger, more glamorous cousins – peaches and nectarines. However, not only can apricots be substituted for peaches and nectarines in most recipes, they are also stellar in their own right when added to a multitude of sweet and savoury dishes. And, when at the peak of their ripeness, can verge on transcendental when eaten fresh.  

So, how does one pick the perfect apricot? Plump, unblemished apricots that are slightly soft to the touch are best for eating on their own. Colour should range from a golden yellow with an orange-reddish tinge to a deep, rich orange. Avoid pale yellow fruit with wrinkles or blemishes. If only underripe apricots are available, place them in a brown paper bag for 2–3 days to ripen.  

Of course, imperfections are fine on fruit being used for cooking. Jams and purées are among the most simple and delicious ways to cook apricots – just add water and sugar, and stew until jammy. Or add spices, ginger and garlic for a flavour-packed apricot chutney to spoon over grilled chicken or pork.   

For other sweet-and-savoury combinations try diced apricot with chilli and lime juice as an accompaniment to white fish, or halve and stone your apricots, top with a piece of blue cheese and roast at a low temperature. And when cooking your next tagine, why not throw in a few fresh apricots instead of dried – coriander, cumin and lamb are ideal matches for the unique, slightly musky flavour of the fruit.  

For those who love to bake, apricots are a star ingredient for tarts, crumbles, pies and clafoutis. Apricots pair perfectly with almonds, walnuts, summer berries, coconut, cream cheese and mascarpone – try experimenting with different combinations. The intense orange of the apricots will ensure your dessert will be both attractive and delicious.

APRICOT RECIPES

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