Talk of an excellent apricot crop this year led me to the Union Square Greenmarket. Indeed, a number of stands had bins and baskets brimming with bright, intensely golden fruit, some of it lightly rouged, some still hinting of green. The farmers and staff that I consulted all confirmed that it was a good season, just starting, though they could not guarantee that there would be fruit beyond the first week of August. The apricots that I selected, yielding without being soft, were rich and lush, with a whisper of tartness. They demand to be eaten, or arranged on pastry and baked without delay.
Fresh apricots, around $5 a pound, various Greenmarkets, grownyc.org.