This juicy summertime fruit is always a great snack addition! Apricots are a stone fruit, meaning they have that hard pit in the center. Even though they have a heart of stone, apricots still come with many healthy benefits.
The Benefits of Apricots
Even with that cold heart, apricots clearly still have love to give.
- Rich source of antioxidants – helpful to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress
- Lower blood pressure – as they are rich in potassium
- Supports eye health – they’re a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C
Choosing fresh apricots
We’re also in the prime of apricot season, lasting from July through September. So get out there and hit your local farmer’s market. Pick up some farm fresh apricots and enjoy them while they’re in season!
Opt for in season – if you see apricots in December, they’re very likely not local and are more likely to have less flavor and fewer nutrients.
You want to look for apricots that are plump, and golden in color. Avoid the bruised and shriveled ones. The sniff test is also a good indicator. Choose apricots that have a sweet and apricot-y fragrance.
It’s also nearly football season, which obviously goes hand in hand with football food. Don’t settle for the standard snacks. They’re boring and typically less healthy. Make yourself some healthy options instead, and start with our sweet treat below!
Caramelized apricot bruschetta on bakery fresh bread, piled with apricots, lemon ricotta, mint, and thyme. So good!
“The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.” – Deepika PadukonePrint
Don’t settle for the standard snacks. Make your own fresh apricot bruschetta instead! Caramelized apricot bruschetta on bakery fresh bread, piled with apricots, lemon ricotta, mint, and thyme. So good!
- 1 loaf whole wheat french bread or baguette
- 5-6 apricots, sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey, or maple syrup
- garnish with mint, thyme and chopped pistachios (optional)
- 1 cup ricotta
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- 2-3 teaspoons honey, depending on desired level of sweetness
- Pinch of salt
- Caramelize apricots: Pour honey/maple syrup into a cast iron (or non stick pan), add apricots and saute for about 10 minutes, or until apricots are caramelized
- Slice bread: While the apricots cook, slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices, set aside
- Lemon ricotta: Mix ricotta, lemon juice and zest, honey and salt in a small bowl
- Assemble: Spread ricotta mixture over each slice of bread, add caramelized apricots, garnish with mint, thyme and chopped pistachios
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