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Great Flavors – and how to use them! APRICOT

Embrace the sun-kissed sweetness of apricots, a fruit that carries the spirit of summer in every bite! Natural apricot flavor adds an enticing zest to both sweet and savory applications, making it a versatile tool for creating innovative food and beverage products. Join us as we delve into the origin of the apricot and how its unique flavor profiles can be creatively used in food and beverage products. Get ready to embark on a flavor adventure that celebrates the sweetheart of summer, the amazing apricot!

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Plucked straight from the tree and still warm from the summer sun, a fresh-picked apricot is one of life’s most amazing taste experiences.

Apricots hail from a historical lineage deeply rooted in the terrains of Armenia, although China and India also lay claim to its early cultivation.  This golden fruit comes in an array of varieties, each carrying its own unique flavor profile.  The traditional apricot, often referred to as the “Armenian apricot,” offers a balanced taste profile, with a sweet, honey-like flavor underscored by a gentle tartness.  The Moorpark apricot, originating from England, tantalizes the taste buds with its rich, intense taste and a hint of nuttiness.  The Chinese apricot, on the other hand, is recognized for its sweeter taste and juicy, bright acidity.  Whether you’re enjoying natural apricot flavor in its raw state or as an organic flavor in food and beverages, you’ll experience a taste sensation that’s both complex and satisfying.

California is a leader in apricot cultivation, accounting for nearly 95% of the apricots grown in the United States.  The Golden State’s Mediterranean-like climate – warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters – provides an ideal growing environment for these sun-loving fruits.  The San Joaquin Valley and central coast regions are famed for their apricot orchards, each producing varietals with uniquely Californian characteristics.  The “Blenheim” or “Royal” apricot, grown in these regions, is celebrated for its intense aroma and sublime balance of sweet and tart flavors.  Despite being slightly smaller and less aesthetically pleasing than some other varietals, the Blenheim apricot’s robust natural flavor has made it highly sought-after in the culinary world.  As a natural and organic flavor, Blenheim apricots add a touch of California sunshine to a myriad of dishes and drinks.

Apricots With Honey
California almonds, apricots, and honey: when served together, it’s a golden state delicacy!

Natural apricot flavor finds its way into a vast range of applications, infusing food and beverages with its unique, sun-kissed sweetness. Apricot’s honey taste and tart yet juicy profile makes it an ideal confectionary flavor, where its natural acidity balances the sweetness of sauces, jams, jellies, and candies.  Ice creams, cakes, and pastries also benefit from the fresh, fruity notes of apricot, offering a refreshing counterpoint to heavy cream, butter, and eggs. On the savory side, apricot flavor provides a tangy, sweet complexity that enhances shellfish and meats such as poultry and pork. Apricot pairs wonderfully with cheeses, especially creamy and ripened styles like Brie and Roquefort. As you can see…when it comes to food flavor, apricot has versatility to spare!

What about beverages? Apricot flavor contributes a delicate, fruity nuance to cocktails, liqueurs, and even specialty craft beers. Its mild sweetness and subtle tartness make it a great mixing partner for spirits like gin, whiskey, and rum. Brandy and cognac, which naturally have their own dried fruit notes, gets a fresh and fruity boost from natural apricot flavor. Tea is another perfect match for apricot, lending its flavor to both hot and cold brews. And of course, apricot flavored syrups are essential ingredients in everything from mocktails to milkshakes!

When it comes to flavor pairing, apricot provides a versatile canvas. Citrus fruits such as lemon and orange complement the apricot’s sweetness while enhancing its tanginess, leading to a vibrant, refreshing flavor combination. On the other hand, berries, particularly strawberries and raspberries, bring out apricot’s natural sweetness, creating a flavor profile that’s sweet and slightly wild.  For a touch of exotic flair, pair apricot with tropical fruits like mango or passionfruit. The natural sweetness of these fruits, coupled with their unique flavor profiles, can elevate the apricot’s taste, adding depth and sophistication.  And let’s not forget peach flavor – a classic pairing with apricot, this duo creates a wonderfully fragrant and seamless flavor experience that’s simply irresistible.

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Apricot flavor is great in gummies!

Apricot is an excellent choice for crafting complex, decadent, and innovative flavor profiles.  Read on for some of our favorite apricot flavor combinations:

  • Apricot and Salted Caramel Swirl: The sweetness of apricot melds perfectly with the saltiness of caramel in this innovative flavor.
  • Apricot Coconut Macadamia: Apricot flavor pairs with creamy coconut and buttery macadamia nut, taking the juicy tree fruit for a tropical spin.
  • Apricot & Pecan Praline:  The brown sugar and buttery nuttiness of pecan praline is the perfect balance for apricot’s tangy fruit notes.
  • Apricot, Blackberry, and Thyme: An unexpected trio that delivers a refreshing burst of fruit flavor, underscored by the subtle savory hint of thyme.
  • Spiced Apricot and Honey: A unique twist that combines the natural sweetness of apricot and honey with a touch of cinnamon and ginger.
  • Apricot Peach Melba: A classic apricot and peach duo, inspired by the traditional Peach Melba dessert.
  • Apricot and Mascarpone: Apricot flavor combined with the rich and creamy taste of mascarpone cheese is equal parts indulgent and refreshing.
  • Earl Grey Apricot Crème: The ripe tanginess of apricot marries with the bold flavors of Earl Grey tea and the sweet creaminess of vanilla in this exciting flavor blend.
  • Apricot Buttered Popcorn: A irresistable salty snack paired up with a honey-sweet summer fruit; what’s not to love?
Young Man Spreading Jam On A Toast
Apricot jam on buttered toast is what weekend mornings are made for.

We hope these ideas help launch your next iconic flavor!  Blue Pacific Flavors has been a leader in flavor trends and food and beverage innovation for 30 years.  As we celebrate our anniversary, we’ll be sharing our favorite flavor tips with you.  Sign up for our email list to see more.

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