Apricots For Your Baby

Apricots are closely related to plums. Fresh apricots are difficult to find out of season - and they taste much better when they are in season. There are plenty of jars of baby food apricots. If you want to make your own baby food, you do have the option of buying and using dried apricots.

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When is baby ready?

6 months old

How to buy

In season (May to October) buy fresh organic apricots. Do not buy cans of apricots because there is added sugar. You may have to buy jars of baby food until the right season. You can also buy dried apricots but look for ones without sulfur dioxide (they will look browner than other dried apricots).

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Homemade Baby Food Recipe


Cut in half and peel the skin off. Cut or mash up apricot for baby.


Cover dried apricots in water just to cover - simmer for 10-15 minutes and then puree or mash for baby.

How to store

Place on counter to ripen.

Are there baby food jars?


Should I buy organic?

Yes. They are like peaches in design (thin skin) so we would try to buy organic.

Adult Recipe

A really easy way to enjoy an apricot is to just eat it for dessert. If you have time for something special try making a compote. This recipe is adapted from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything".

Fruit Compote

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (optional)
1 1/2 pounds mixed ripe fruit: berries, pitted apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, peeled bananas, pears, etc.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a few tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix the sugar, water, and mint in a small saucepan and boil. Stir to dissolve sugar, if using mint then strain. Puree 1/2 of the fruit. Cut the rest into slices or pieces. Mix the puree with the fruit and add vanilla, sugar syrup, and lemon juice to taste.

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