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How To Tell If Apricots Are Ripe

Updated on November 22, 2013
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Apricots are small, sweet fruits that are golden orange in color. Apricots are stone fruits (like peaches or plums) but are smaller than a peach and softer than a plum.

Apricots are most commonly eaten dried and are frequently used in Moroccan cooking.

Like many other fruits, apricots are a great source of vitamins. Specifically, apricots are an excellent source of Vitamins A (beta-carotene) and C while also being a good source of iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.

Apricots have a delicate aroma and a distinctly delicious flavor when ripe. You can read below to learn more about how to determine whether or not apricots are ripe.

How to Identify a Ripe Apricot

The Feel of a Ripe Apricot

A ripe apricot will be firm to touch but also yield to gentle pressure.

The Look of a Ripe Apricot

Ripe apricots are plump in appearance, have a deep orange or yellow/orange color, and velvety skin.

The Smell of a Ripe Apricot

Ripe apricots have a sweet aroma.

Tip for Buying Apricots: Look for apricots that are unblemished--apricots bruise easily!

How to Store Ripe Apricots

Ripe apricots should be stored in the refrigerator and if you store them in a sealed container they will stay good for up to one week.

Tip: Remember that the apricots must ripe before being stored in the refrigerator. Apricots will not ripen in the fridge!

How to Ripen Immature or Unripe Apricots

Immature or unripe apricots can be ripened by being stored at room temperature.

You can speed up the ripening process by placing the apricots in a paper bag with an apple or a banana. Then fold the bag over and keep it at room temperature until the apricots have softened slightly. Keep the bag out of direct light. The apricots should ripen within 2 - 3 days.

Tip: Unripened apricots can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.

How to Identify Overripe Apricots

Soft apricots with a deep orange hue are typically overripe. They should be eaten immediately or used in cooking. Overripe apricots are at risk of becoming moldy or mushy so keep an eye on them. If they become moldy, throw them out!

What to Avoid When Buying Apricots

Avoid apricots that are very soft, shriveled, or have a green shade.

More Tips on How to Know an Apricot is Ripe

© 2013 Maya Frances

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