Apricots provide high nutritional value, this small fruit it
bursting with health benefits including vitamins A, B2, B3, B5
and C, as well as important minerals such as beta-carotene,
lycopene, iron, calcium, zinc, fibre and potassium.
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant and it assists the body in
converting it into vitamin A, hence why this particular fruit
has high vitamin A content. Lycopene is also an antioxidant
which is believed to prevent the build up of fatty deposits
which can cause blockages to the arteries.
The natural apricot oil which this
fruit contains is very good for the skin as it nourishes it. The
oil of apricots extracted from the kernel can be used for
The vitamins in this fruit can strengthen the
immune system which helps our bodies to ward away illness.
Apricots can also have a positive effect on the nervous system
and assist in reducing mild anxiety and improving sleep
Cancer Benefits of Apricot Seeds
A subject which
is being closely looked at is whether or not apricot seeds can
help prevent or cure cancer. Laetile, or vitamin B17, can be
extracted from apricots to provide a purported alternative
It is possible that the seed kernels
could provide a cure for cancer in the future, although further
research is necessary. The apricot seeds have been used to treat
tumors throughout history and the apricot oil has also been used
to assist with swelling, ulcers and tumors. It is notable that
apricots have been successfully used to treat prostate cancer.
Apricots are low in calories and a little higher in carbs,
and a very good, healthy fruit whether its eaten raw, fresh,
cooked, canned or dried. The amount of calories in apricots
depends on the method the fruit is served or cooked, for example
if the fruit is served in syrup, obviously it will contain more
calories. This fruit is extremely low in fat.
following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of
apricot calories and carbohydrates:
Calories in Apricots
per 100 grams:
Fresh, raw apricots - 31 calories / 7.2 carbs
Canned apricots in juice- 34 calories / 8.4 carbs
apricots in syrup - 63 calories / 16.1 carbs
Dried Apricots -
Apricots are a delicious, healthy fruit which are small in size,
round in shape, with soft velvety skin which is yellow to orange
shades of color sometimes with a tinge of pink. This fruit is
small so usually more than one can be easily eaten in one
The flesh is very tasty, it is quite firm but
its texture and small amount of juice that it contains makes
this fruit very appealing - it's quite sweet hence making an
excellent choice for desert recipes - and it is for this reason,
plus the health benefits of apricots, which makes them an
excellent fruit for kids.
This is a stone fruit, the
kernel of the stone is edible and is often used for flavoring
biscuits and jams. The well known amaretto liquor comes from the
apricot kernel. Many kernels are very sweet so often apricot
seeds can be used as substitute for almonds.
Apricots date back thousands of years where they are believed to
have first appeared, growing wild, in China. The history of this
fruit was certainly prominent throughout Asia and the near East.
They were introduced to Persia and Armenia, and this is where
the fruit received its Latin name Prunus armeniaca.
Southern Europe was introduced to apricots by the famous
explorer, Alexander the Great. This healthy fruit was first
grown in Northern Europe during the 16th Century. The Romans and
the Greeks nicknamed the fruit 'golden eggs of the sun.' This is
a delicious fruit which can be eaten either fresh or dried,
cooked or raw.
Due to the delicacy of the apricot,
drying the fruit preserves its overall health and the vast
benefits it provides. Apricots are grown on trees, Turkey takes
the lead when it comes to growing this fruit as they produce the
richest and best apricots.
Picking and Storing Apricots
Apricots should be kept at room temperature or in a polythene
bag in the refrigerator. They do not keep for as long as some
other fruits so they should be eaten within 3-5 days after
purchase. This particular fruit doesn't continue to ripen after
its being picked as many others do.
apricots, ensure that the skin looks healthy, it should be
smooth and appear unblemished. This type of fruit is very
delicate so it can become damaged easily during transportation,
therefore, it's important to pick out the best ones.
Dried apricots are also a great option as this
fruit is sensitive to bruising and damage. Drying the apricots
will ensure that it keeps its benefits and at the same time,
provide a few more additional ones! The benefits of dried
apricots nutrition include their iron content which they supply
and also produce haemoglobin.
This fruit is excellent
for anybody with anaemia. This fresh or dry fruit can also
positively assist problems relating to the respiratory tract or
infections in general, as its vitamins and minerals can speed up
the healing process. Dried apricots have a wonderful sweet
taste, they make a filling snack which is full of goodness,
another variety that is ideal for children.
particular type can be used to substitute fresh apricots, it's
great for many apricot recipes including jams, casseroles and
stews. If you are using dried apricot in desert recipes, allow
them to soak for a few hours first in warm water.
Canned apricots are very similar to the dried
variety because their natural benefits are retained. Of course
they taste very differently but they are equally as sweet and
healthy, crammed with nutritional value and ready to eat without
having to remove the stone. This type makes a very nice addition
to a fruit salad.
Preparing Apricots for Cooking
can be eaten raw or cooked, either way is delicious. This fruit
survives the cooking process well as the skin is dry so the
flesh doesn't disintegrate as quickly or easily as with many
other foods. Ideal apricot recipes may include jams, amaretto,
biscuits, fruit salads, tarts, Danish pastries, flans, yogurt,
crumble and conserves.
This fruit can be baked,
caramelized or even poached in syrup or sweet white wine. North
American and Middle Eastern recipes often use apricots, both
dried and fresh varieties of apricots which they use not only in
desert recipes but various rice, poultry and lamb dishes.