Monday, May 7, 2012

Seasonal Spotlight: Apricots are Here!

With May underway, a bunch of new fruits and veggies are coming into season. We're especially excited for ripe & juicy apricots.

People have enjoyed apricots for thousands of years. They were introduced to Greece by Alexander the Great after traveling through Armenia and Persia. Besides their flavor, apricots are good for you - they're high in Vitamins A and C plus Iron. 

Apricots are great in nearly every type of dish - use them as a topping for breakfast dishes like pancakes, waffles and french toast, in fresh salads, with meats, and for dessert. Here are 4 tasty apricot dishes to get you going:

Cinnamon Pancakes with Apricots (Cookstr)
Start your day in style with a great breakfast.
Ingredients: Flour, Baking Powder, Eggs, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Butter, Apricots, Buttermilk, Honey, Cinnamon

Arugula Salad with Chicken & Apricots (MyRecipes)
This entree salad hits all the right notes.
Ingredients: Parsley, Red Onion, Chicken Breast, Tarragon, Apricots, Olive Oil, Baby Arugula, Salad Green, White Wine Vinegar

Roast Pork with Apricot & Shallot Stuffing (Cookstr)
This stuffed, roast pork dish will be the star of any dinner party.
Ingredients: Pork Loin Roast, Shallots, Apricots, Parsley, Butter, Vegetable Oil, White Bread

Grilled Stone Fruit with Balsamic Glaze & Manchego (MyRecipes)
Any time you fire up the grill, don't forget about dessert.
Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar, Manchego Cheese, Brown Sugar, EVOO, Apricots, Peaches, Plums, Salt

Now all you have to do is grab some fresh apricots and start cooking!

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