With its orange, velvety skin and sweet taste, the apricot is one of the first fruits to signal the beginning of summer.1 A member of the rose family, the wild apricot was discovered on the mountain slopes of China and, in the 18th century, Spanish explorers planted the golden fruit in the gardens of Spanish missions in California. Even today, the state is responsible for more than 95% of the United State’s apricot harvest.2
In the kitchen
Apricots can be enjoyed in a variety of ways—fresh, canned, frozen and dried—and are often included in a range of dishes, from appetizers and garnishes to entrées, sauces and desserts. Rich in beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins A and C, apricots help strengthen the immune system and nurture healthy skin.1, 3
At Samadhi Spa & Wellness Retreat in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia, the Samadhi Breakfast includes toasted muesli with chewy apricots and cranberries. To satisfy a sweeter tooth, the Honey Vanilla Cheesecake from Green Valley Spa in St. George, Utah, is garnished with a tasty apricot orange topping, and the Oak Café restaurant at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California, serves Grilled Apricots and Cinnamon Meringues with Apricot Honey for a tasty dessert. And check out the recipe for delicious Apricot Couscous from Spa Chef Amie Reavis at the Château Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia.