The popular stonefruit comes in a variety of sizes, from round to oval, and is known for its velvety skin which can range in colour from a pale yellow to orange and pinky red.
Patience is a virtue with apricots, as the trees are usually planted in winter and can take up to six years to produce quality fruit.
Apricots are best eaten fresh, but are also used as an ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes as they are equally delicious stewed, baked, poached or grilled.
Willunga Farmers’ Market assistant manager Billy Doecke shares her recipe for grilled apricots served with goat curd, a simple way to enjoy new-season fruit with locally produced fresh goat cheese.
Charred Apricots with Orange Blossom Honey and Goats Curd
200g goat curd
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2 sprigs thyme
½ cup of fresh orange blossom honey
Quarter the apricots, discard stones and toss the fruit pieces in the caster sugar.
Bring the goat curd and orange blossom honey to room temperature and combine in a bowl, adding the leaves from the thyme sprigs.
Mix well and place in fridge until ready to serve.
Heat a char-grill pan over high heat and grill apricot pieces on each side until slightly charred.
Serve the apricots hot with a dollop of the honey and thyme-infused goat curd.
Goat curd is available from Woodside Cheese Wrights at the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market and from Kangarilla Creamery at the Willunga Farmers’ Market.
Fresh orange blossom honey is available from Do Bee Honey and thyme is sold by Salad Greens and Kitchen Herbs at both markets.
You can now pick up new-season apricots grown in the Riverland from a number of stallholders, including Eko Fresh Fruits, Pavlos Fruits, Cooinda Proprietors and B&A Andonopoulos market stalls at the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market. Eko Fresh Fruits also trades at the Prospect Farmers’ Market and B&A Andonopoulos at Willunga.
Apricots grown in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula will be available over the coming weeks.
Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market runs on Sundays, 9am – 1pm at the Adelaide Showground, Leader Street, Wayville. Prospect Farmers’ Market is located next to Prospect Town Hall on the corner of Vine Street Plaza and Prospect Road and runs Thursdays from 3pm – 7pm. Willunga Farmers’ Market is held on Saturday mornings from 8am – 12,30pm.
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