The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) lists apricots as a healthy source of Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A promotes eye and skin health, while Vitamin C helps boost the immune system. Apricots are also rich in beta-carotene and don't contain any cholesterol or sodium.
Choose an apricot that's plump and that responds to the slight pressure of your thumb. It should be slightly soft. Look for apricots that are orange-gold in color. If the apricots are pale yellow or tinged with green, they're not ripe. Avoid any that are wrinkled or severely bruised.
Califapricot.com suggests storing fresh apricots in the refrigerator to keep the fruit from over-ripening. Fresh apricots can also be frozen. If you buy a non-ripe apricot, one that's still hard, place it in a paper bag for two to three days. You can stick several apricots in one bag. Be sure to check the fruit each day so it doesn't become over-ripe.
*Source of info: spryliving.com