New Zealand apricots are available from November to March.
Storage and Handling
For best eating store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Apricots originally came from China. Cuttings of apricot trees made their way across the Persian Empire to the Mediterranean where they flourished. The Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World.
- Apricots - like peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries - belong to a group called stone fruit, because they have a tough, inedible seed (stone) in the centre
- Apricot seeds are poisonous
- Apricot trees need cooler winter temperatures to produce fruit
- They tend to flower early and can be damaged by spring frosts
- The ideal place in New Zealand to grow apricots is Central Otago
Apricots are a source of dietary fibre, potassium, vitamins A and C.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.