This last week our apricots have been ripening real fast, so we’ve been eating dozens of them every day. They are really, really, really good. One thing most people don’t know though, is that the flesh is not the only edible part of the apricot. Apricots, along with almonds, peaches, nectarines, and plums (and a few more) are part of the Stone Fruit family. Each of these fruits have a single seed surrounded by a hard shell (hence the name “stone”). Just like you can eat the seed of the almond fruit (an almond), you can also eat the seed of any other stone fruit. Here’s how you get to it:
Step 1: Eat yourself some apricots (or peaches, plums, nectarines). That’s the easy part.
Step 2: Place each pit into a mortar and pestle. Two big stones would work as well.
Step 3: Using the pestle, smash each pit mildy hard a few times. After about 4 or 5 hits, you should hear a crack. Don’t hit too hard or you’ll smash the seed inside.
Step 4: Remove the seed from what remains of the shell and give it a try. It will taste like a lightly bitter almond. Some varieties of fruit are more bitter than others.
Hope that was informative!