Apricots: Top five ways to spend or save summer’s gold

People in Niagara love and appreciate our tender fruit, which includes summer’s golden apricots.

One of only a few regions in Canada where apricots can be grown, they are the gold coins in the treasure chest of our regional diet. Now that they are fresh, we have gathered together our favourite ways of spending and saving the bounty of local apricots.

How to prepare and eat apricots

Fresh off the tree

There are few pleasures greater than biting into a piece of sun-warmed fruit fresh from the farm. Beyond the sensory delights are the nutritional benefits. Apricots are rich in vitamins A and C as well as copper, potassium and dietary fiber.

Tarte aux apricots

Classic, simple to make and French in origin, nothing says summer like an apricot tart. There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe for a traditional favourite.

Apricot jam

Making jam is easier than you might think, especially if you think of the value of having sunshine in a jar on the table on winter long.

Dried or dehydrated

Apricots can be preserved through drying in an oven or with a food dehydrator. Dried apricots are an easy way to get enough fiber and vitamins through the winter months while reducing reliance on imported fruit and the increased carbon footprint of its transportation from the South.

Spicy chutney

Summer sweet combined with spice is unmistakably delicious. South Asian cuisine has brought new flavours to local ingredients and our love of apricot chutney embraces the blend of newcomer fresh with pioneer traditional.