Now is the time to seek out these delicate sweet-tart fruits, which are so much more than peach wannabes. Beneath the velvety
skin of the perfect apricot is flesh that somehow manages to be dense and fragile at the same time. Baking or simmering melts
the fruit, intensifying the flavor. Grilling produces a lovely caramelized result, while the skin holds the fruit's shape.
The gold standard apricot is the small, puckery-sweet, perfumed Blenheim. Or look for the new kid on the block, the Candy Cot, which is almost sugary by comparison. Stewed, this fruit is gorgeous over ice cream or a light cake. Fresh slices can be served alongside beef, poultry, pork, or shellfish. And pureed peeled apricots make for one delicious Bellini.
Did you know: Apricots and their stone fruit cousins are members of the rose family? Put them to good use in this delicious
View Recipe: Apricot-Fig Chutney
Perch on salad or even pizzas, or serve as a side dish for a delicious seasonal accompaniment.
View Recipe: Grilled Apricot Halves
Cool off with this divinely refreshing treat. Sparkling wine is the secret ingredient that everyone will be asking about.
View Recipe: Sparkling Apricot Sorbet
Let Valley Produce Company apricot and pistachio paste perk up a cheese plate ($10, murrayscheese.com).