Putting Fruit Club apricots to the taste test

This piece is presented by The Fruit Club.

They’re flavorful, snack-able and trucked directly from a Washington grower.

But the first thing most people notice about The Fruit Club apricots is their size.

Take a look at The Fruit Club apricot, on the left in this photo, next to a store-bought one.

We thought it was time to see what would happen when we brought four fruit fans together and had them taste a Fruit Club apricot and a store-bought one.

We weren’t sure what to expect, but we felt pretty good about our chances of being the top pick. Here’s what our taste-testers had to say:

Name: Jeanie

Occupation: Mom, consultant

Before the taste test: “I love apricots, and you don’t get them much around here,” Jeanie told us. “But I hate fruit that tastes like cardboard.”

Visual reaction: “Fruit Club apricots are definitely a deeper color. You see several shades of orange. The store-bought looks almost yellow.”

Taste test: “It’s OK, not a lot of flavor,” Jeanie said eating the store-bought apricot. Then, when she bit into The Fruit Club one, she exclaimed, “Oh my gosh. There’s a huge difference. There’s a lot more texture and a lot more flavor.”

Name: Imalay

Occupation: College student

Before the taste test: “I think I’ve maybe had an apricot. My mom likes the dried ones.”

Visual reaction: “The store-bought ones are definitely smaller.”

Taste test: “I’m not a big fan,” she said about the store one. “This one is definitely sweeter,” she said, tasting The Fruit Club one. “It’s not as hard. Yeah, I like this one.”

Name: Jessie

Occupation: Mom, nonprofit manager

Before the taste test: “I’ve had cherries, peaches and apples from The Fruit Club but never the apricots. I’ve picked up lots and ordered online and through Facebook.”

Visual reaction: “You can tell these are picked and shipped,” she said, pointing to The Fruit Club apricots. “They have variety in their size and shape.”

Taste test: “This doesn’t taste like much. There’s not a lot of flavor, but the color is good,” she said about the store-bought apricot. “This is really good,” she said, biting into The Fruit Club one. “It just has really good flavor. It’s delicious.”

Name: Aiden

Occupation: Soon-to-be seventh grader

Before the taste test: “I’m pretty sure I’ve had an apricot before.”

Visual reaction: Noticed the size difference right away.

Taste test: “It’s savory. It’s good,” he said, trying the store-bought one. “Yeah, this one’s really good,” he said, trying The Fruit Club one. “Not too sweet.”

Thanks to our taste-testers!

Want to try them for yourself? You can still pick up apricots at The Fruit Club Market at 41st Street and Western Avenue or order them here.

Putting Fruit Club apricots to the taste test

We thought it was time to see what would happen when we brought four fruit fans together and had them taste a Fruit Club apricot alongside a store-bought one.

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