Apricots are ripe when they are soft, so purchase hard ones if you want to keep them a while before eating. If the apricots are already ripe then try avoid ones with discolorations, though it is not essential as the apricot will still taste good.
Climate and origin
Apricots are thought to come from China or Siberia and possibly Japan. Apricot trees need cold winters to rest and hot summers to ripen.
Apricots are not particularly high in sugars and are not particular sweet unless you get them dried. They have a fragrant taste and a mushy texture.
Apricots were greatly loved by the ancient Romans, but they never succeeded in wide spread cultivation until much later in history.
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