April Fruit of the Month: Apricots

Live Well Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Food Council is proud to present the Eat Well, Live Well campaign! Each month this campaign will highlight a new fruit and vegetable.

The April Fruit of the Month is Apricots!

Did you know…

Apricots are originally from China. Their skin color can range from cream to bright orange and they are often crossed with plums to provide pluots (mostly plum), plumcots (equal plum and apricot) and apriums (mostly apricot). Apricots are low fat, cholesterol free, and are an excellent source of vitamin A and C, and a good source of potassium and fiber.

Choose apricots that are plump, firm and uniformly colored.

Store apricots at room temperature until ripe then in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for 3-5 days.

Here are 10 ways to enjoy Apricots:

  1. Seared Sweetness! Sear sliced apricots in pan with a small amount of butter and cinnamon until warmed. Top with chopped walnuts for a little something extra!
  2. The Fabulous Frozen Treat. Blend sliced apricots and orange juice, freeze in ice trays and enjoy! A cool treat on a hot day … or any day! Your kids will love it!
  3. Breakfast Parfait. Brighten up your morning with a parfait filled with apricots and all of your favorite fruits.  Recipe: Apricot Yogurt Parfait
  4. Sweet & Sassy Salad. Mix fresh or dried apricots with any of your favorite fruit or vegetables for a quick an easy salad with a hint of sweetness. Try this Winter Fruit Salad—it’s great as a side dish or after-school snack!
  5. Tantalizing Trail Mix. Make your own trail mix by combining dried apricots and other dried fruits with your favorite nuts such as almonds, peanuts, pecans and walnuts.
  6. PB & … A? Try your hand at making your own apricot preserves! Great on your usual peanut butter creation or as a spread for breakfast breads.
  7. Plain Jane. Just rinse and enjoy!
  8. Bake, Broil or Sauté. For a delicious snack or side dish, warm apricot slices using one of these three cooking methods, then add a little cinnamon and enjoy!
  9. Sweeten a Side. Add dried or fresh apricots to brown rice, garlic, onions, dried cranberries and more. Make your own combination, or try this Fruited Rice Pilaf recipe.
  10. Dazzle with a New Drizzle! Blend apricots with a small amount of milk until smooth. Top whole wheat waffles, oatmeal, or French toast and enjoy. This purée goes great over low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt!

The featured Sioux Falls culinary contributor this month is Priscilla Thornton, the Nutrition Director for Active Generations. Learn more about salad greens and get Priscilla’s Apricot Energy Bars recipe with this Pick It! Try It! Like It! fact sheet.

Don’t stop there! Find ways to promote apricots at your work, school, childcare, and in your community!

Sources: Eat Well Live Well Campaign, Pick It! Try It! Like It!, Harvest of the Month, Fruits & Veggies More Matters

Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Be sure to check out Harvest of the Month, a downloadable educational program designed to make learning about fruits and veggies easy, tasty, and fun!

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