Going Ape for Apricots

Like sunshine trapped in a soft, fuzzy fruit, apricots are the ultimate harbinger of summer. Here's a bushelful of ways to make the most of them.

Canned Apricots
Canned Apricots
Can up those fruits in syrup either light or heavy to have on hand for desserts to come. (Image via Wildcraft Vita)
Apricot Jam
Apricot Jam
Apricot is arguably the easiest jam, as the fruit melts down and creates a set without any added pectin. (Image via Food Fanatic)
Apricot Preserves
Apricot Preserves
Stewed down and chunky, apricot preserves are delicious on desserts, or just eaten by the spoonful. (Image via Girl's Guide to Butter and Guns)
Apricot Jelly
Apricot Jelly
Think beyond the peanut butter on this stuff -- apricot jelly makes an amazing glaze on pies and tarts, as well as savory roast meats like pork or turkey.  (Image via Nest)

Apricot Butter
Apricot Butter
Cook them down to make a thick apricot fruit butter. It's easy as can be, especially if you use the slow cooker. (Image via Food in Jars)
Apricot Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
Here's a vibrant Asian-style dipping sauces that puts all others to shame. Fruity, sweet and tangy, this homemade version puts commercial offerings of "duck sauce" and dubious packets of yellow goo accompanying egg rolls and such shame. (Image via Spectacularly Delicious)
Pickled Apricots
Sugar Free Sweet And Sour Apricots
Sweet and sour pickled apricots are the natural accompaniment to barbecue or roasted pork. Also, they make intriguing cocktail garnishes. (Image via Larder Love)
Glacé Apricots
This recipe takes nine days, but in the end you're rewarded with rich, sweet, chewy apricots. (Image via Tea with Hazel)
Apricot Salsa
Apricot Salsa
Apricots' ripe acidity lend themselves well to this cooked fruit salsa, simultaneously tangy and sweet. (Image via Karen Solomon)
Rhubarb-Apricot Cordial
Rhubarb-Apricot Cordial
This sweet-tart syrup is like sunshine in a jar! (Image via Red Cedar)
Port Wine and Apricot Mustard
Apricot Infusion
Steep that fruit in gin or brandy to impart it with gentle apricot flavor. (Image via With a Glass)

 

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