Updated May 2, 2018

A bright orange apricot is one of the first signs of summer and these delicious fruits with the velvety skin and flesh are in season in the U.S. from May through August. According to Whole Foods, fresh apricot fruit are a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, and potent antioxidants. And whether you prefer your apricots served fresh or dried, or are like the editors at Martha Stewart.com who can’t decide which apricot region they prefer, “we love the tangy-sweet flavor of California apricots, but Turkish apricots are delicious, too,” there is no going wrong either way.

Some describe the flavor of apricots as a faint tartness that lies somewhere between a peach and a plum, while others describe this rock fruit as downright sweet. We happen to love them because they go with just about anything. The generally sweet flavor of a ripe or dried apricot goes perfectly with any meal, from your bowl of oatmeal or plate of pancakes in the morning to more exotic meat and vegetable dishes from Northern Africa or the Middle East in the evening. Here are ten ways to get creative with apricot fruit that will be sure to sweeten up your life.

1. Broiled Apricots with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios
Want an easy and unique dessert idea that’s pretty on the eyes? First dip your apricots in sugar and place them into the broiler until the apricots are caramelized and juicy. Then, in less than five minutes, remove the apricots and top with ricotta and pistachios. Add mint leaves for extra pop.

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