A yellow-orange fruit harvested from small trees native to China, but are grown in many other regions of the world. The fruit resembles a smaller version of a peach and has many uses. It can be eaten whole with the pit removed, processed into juice or preserves, or can be an ingredient in many recipes. Apricots can be preserved through drying which allows them to be used whenever they are needed. When cooked in liquid, the apricots will absorb some of the liquid and become softer and less chewy.