When fresh apricots are in season, freeze them so you can make these herby preserves year-round. Infused with fresh rosemary and the caramel-like notes of maple syrup, this tangy-sweet spread tastes great on baked sweet potatoes, corn bread, English muffins, whole wheat toast, whole grain crackers, or pumpkin pancakes. Homemade preserves also make for a great housewarming or holiday gift, so make a big batch to have on hand when you want to give a little treat to a loved one!

For more homemade vegan spreads, check out these tasty ideas:

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,


  • 1½ lb. ripe apricots
  • 1 3-inch sprig fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup


  • Stem, pit, and coarsely chop apricots. Measure 5 cups. In a large saucepan combine apricots, 1 cup water, and rosemary. Bring mixture to simmering. Cook, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until apricots are soft, stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard rosemary.
  • Ladle hot preserves into clean half-pint jars or airtight containers (leave ½-inch headspace if freezing). If desired, add an additional small sprig of rosemary. Seal. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 6 months.

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Elizabeth Raab

Can this be canned? Water bathed and sealed in jars for winter use?


Recipe seems to be good as l read its unfortunately Apricots not available in kerala lndia


How many half pints does this recipe make?

Pamela Byerley

Did you make the crackers? They look so good...


The crackers look like they are Mary's Gone Crackers brand. They are forks over knives approved (I found them in an article on the website about pre-made kitchen staples that they use.)

Diane Keane

How many grams of sugar per serving? How much is a serving, 1 TBSP?

Gloria Burd

I have the cookbook Flavor I need serving sizes and calories because I tend to eat too much and don’t lose weight. can you help?

Shelley Seely

That was also my question. do you peel the apricots?


Sounds worth trying. But do you peel the apricots or not?


I never peel apricots.

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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