Apricots are a fine summer treat. They are stone fruit (drupes) that are smaller than peaches but softer than plums and they have a distinctly delicious flavour when ripe. Originally from China where they still grow wild to this day, apricots are a member of the rose family and are related to peaches
Ripen immature apricots in a paper bag. If you cannot buy apricots that are ripe enough, use a paper bag to help ripen them. Fold the bag over and keep this bag at room temperature until the apricots have softened a little. Keep out of direct light and the apricots should ripen within 2 - 3 days. Unripened apricots can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.