Apricots are early-ripening summer fruits, that native to China but grown worldwide. They are available fresh, canned, or dried. Buy fairly firm, blemish-free fresh apricots, avoiding any tinged with green. Complete ripening at room temperature.
To pit fresh apricots:
Using a small knife, cut the apricot in half down to the pit. Grasp the halves and twist to separate them. Pull out the pit or pry it out with the knife.