When can babies eat apricots?
Fresh apricots (not canned or dried apricots) may be introduced as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age.
Golden harbingers of warm weather to come, apricots are one of the first stone fruits to show up in farmers markets and grocery stores in the early summer. Apricots vary in tartness and sweetness depending on the variety and its time in the sun. The longer an apricot has soaked up the sun, the sweeter it will be!
Are apricots healthy for babies?
Yes. Like all orange-colored fruits and vegetables, apricots contain carotenoids, which the body converts to vitamin A, which supports healthy eyes, immunity, and skin. The stone fruit also offers lots of essential nutrients (copper, iron, potassium, and vitamin C) along with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and soluble fiber, which helps diversify your baby’s microbiome, support the colon, and keep cholesterol low.
Are apricots a choking hazard for babies?
Fresh apricots, if soft and ripe, should not present any increased risk of choking. Dried apricots, however, are absolutely a choking hazard (as is all dried fruit). Check out our age-appropriate serving suggestions below, and, as always, stay near your baby during meals.
Are apricots a common allergen?
No. Allergies to apricots are rare, though there are people who are sensitive to stone fruit. Individuals with Oral Allergy Syndrome, also known as pollen-food allergy, may be sensitive to apricots.1 Cooking the fruit may help reduce reactions for those who are sensitive.
How do you prepare apricots for babies with baby-led weaning?
6 to 9 months old: Cut in half and leave the skin on, which helps with grip. If the skin becomes bothersome while your baby is eating it, you can always tug that away gently. Once your baby’s pincer grasp develops, try cutting the fruit into slices and serving in a bowl that suctions to the table so your baby can easily pick them up. Smashed apricot can be mixed into creamy foods like ricotta or yogurt.
9 to 18 months old: Offer slices or bite-size pieces of fresh, ripe apricot.
18 to 24 months old: Slice, dice, or offer entire halves of ripe, pitted apricots.
For more information on how to cut food for your baby’s age, hop over to our section on Food Sizes & Shapes.
★Tip: Apricots are quite slippery, which makes them challenging for babies to pick up. Dusting apricot slices with ground nuts, shredded coconut, or breadcrumbs will give them a little grip.
Recipe: Apricots Dusted with Pistachio*
- 2 apricots
- ¼ teaspoon ground pistachio
- Wash the apricots and cut them in half. Remove and discard the pit.
- Cut the apricots based on your baby’s age. See suggestions above.
- Use a mortar and pestle to crush a couple of pistachio nuts until they resemble a fine flour.
- Roll the cut apricots in the ground pistachio flour. Serve.
*Note: Pistachio is a tree nut, and therefore a common allergen. Watch your baby closely for signs of an allergic reaction. If you have a family history of tree nut allergies, consider working with an allergist before introducing tree nuts on your own.
Apricots and other tart stone fruits pair well with fatty meats like brisket, duck, lamb, and pork; hearty nuts like almond and pistachio; and spices like cardamom and ginger. Don’t forget cheese—apricots and cheese are a classic pairing!
- Sussman, G., Sussman, A., and Sussman, D. (2010). Oral allergy syndrome. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 182(11), 1210–1211. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.090314 Retrieved May 25, 2020