Apricots are ripe when they are yellow-orange, soft to the touch, and smell sweet. Buy them ready to eat or ripen whilst storing.
Storing in a paper bag for one or two days will speed up the ripening process. Ripe, apricots last for up to 3 days at room temperature or 5 days in the fridge. However, storing in the fridge can change their texture and flavour.
Cut apricots in half, remove the stone and freeze in a sealed, labelled bag.
up to 6 months
Apricots are great in porridge, smoothies and in cakes. Apricots can also be blended into a sweet or savoury soup.
Good to know!
Bananas, apples and pears produce ethylene gas which causes other fruits to ripen. You may want to store your apricots near these fruits to ripen them faster but store separately once ripe so that they last longer.