Apricots are a popular stone fruit, a relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry. Some apricots are round, some are more of an oval shape, and some have a groove running from top to bottom. The skin of apricots is slightly velvety and can range in colour from a pale yellow to orange or a pinky red. Thriving in warm climates, apricots are generally available from October to March, with the peak periods being November to January, perfect for the festive season.
Apricot trees are usually planted in winter and can take up to six years to produce quality fruit. These fruits contain plenty of fibre, vitamin C and three different sugars: sucrose, glucose and fructose. They can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, such as with meats, in salads or in pastries, in pies or served with ice cream. Different cooking methods can also be used, as apricots can be eaten fresh, stewed, baked, poached or grilled.
You can find apricots at the Showground Farmers’ Market at The Food Forest, Eko Fresh Fruits, McLaren Vale Orchards & Miss Merbein, Ashbourne Valley Orchards, Cooinda Proprietors and B&A Andonopoulos market stalls.