Apricots are summer favorites, as are peaches, but their dried counterparts are just as flavorful and you don’t have wait till they’re in season or buy expensive imports when it’s cooler outside. These stone fruits are full of fiber and rich in beta-carotene
, the same nutrient in carrots that’s good for your eyes. Canned apricots may not have the same nutritional value and they’re likely soaked in sugar. Plus some canned goods have been found to contain harmful chemicals
from can linings. Plus, the dried ones are an especially good add-on to a cheese plate as a contrast to the more pungent cheeses.
Dried vs. Fresh: Dried apricots are widely available year-round while fresh are really only availably domestically in the summer months ones aren’t in season. While dried apricots retail on Melissa's mail order site at about $1.55 a piece and fresh ones retail for $1.45, you can store the dried ones for months as opposed to only a few days. And cheaper dried ones are probably available at your local grocery store.
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