How do you know when apricots are bad?
Moreover, do apricots go bad?
Properly stored, dried apricots will maintain best quality for about 12 to 18 months, but will remain safe beyond that time. The best way is to smell and look at the dried apricots: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the dried apricots.
Also to know is, how do you know when to pick apricots?
Apricots are best when picked ripe from the tree. While it's easy to tell if an apricot is ripe, it can be tough to tell whether it's good. Look for fruits that have a deep orange-gold color rather than those that are pale orange or yellow. They should be plump and firm, with just a little softness to them.
Some common traits of dried fruit going bad are discoloration (usually to a darker tone), hardness (they can become extremely chewy as they age, but can still be eaten as some actually prefer them this way) and loss of flavor (a stale or flavorless taste).