A handy way to eat apricots year-round

Apricots have long been one of my favorite fruits, but they tend to be delicate and only available for a short span of time in our northern climate. So I was excited to see these dried apricots recently while visiting a Shop & Save supermarket in a nearby suburb.

The Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit Bus. I'm on board with it.
The Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit Bus. I’m on board with it.

The product would seem aimed at children since the apricots come in individual trays inside a box that looks like a small school bus. It’s branded the Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit Bus.

Still, reading the nutrition label, this seemed like a no-brainer to try — no fat, almost no sodium and 11 grams of sugar per tray, considerably less than other dried fruits, such as figs, that I’ve bought in the past.

Even having two trays, or servings, as I did, the sugar total was only 22 grams, about half a daily recommendation, so certainly not outrageous. Each tray has four dried apricots, but they’re not super-dried-out and leathery as are some dried fruits.

Awesome apricots nutrition information.
Awesome apricots nutrition information.

I recommend them as a healthy snack for children, or adults. You can read about the product in this food magazine story from 2015. And you can review the health benefits of apricots here. They have vitamin A and carotenes plus antioxidants, if you’re a believer in those.

Me, I just love apricots and was happy to find these, I hope other supermarkets closer to me start carrying them as well.

John

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