Apricots are available in the late spring through summer.
Apricots are botanically known as Prunus armeniaca and are members of the rose family, Rosaceae. They are related to peaches, plums, cherries, and almonds. Each apricot tree can produce more than two hundred fruits per season. Apricots are a good source of vitamin A; 1 cup provides 25% of the daily recommended allowance.
Apricots contain various amounts of vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Additionally, they provide dietary fiber and small amounts of B complex vitamins such as niacin (vitamin B3), riboflavin (B2) and thiamine (B1). They are an excellent source of carotene, which provides a good supply of vitamin A and is beneficial for eye health.
Apricots are high in antioxidants which help protect the body from oxidative damage. Eating apricots can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. Apricots also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation in the body. Additionally, they may aid in digestion by promoting healthy bacteria growth in the intestines. Lastly, apricots may help with weight loss due to their low calorie content and fiber content.
Apricots can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked into jams and jellies. They can be added to salads, oatmeal and smoothies for a delicious crunch and flavor boost. Apricots can also be used in baked goods, like muffins, cakes or pies. Lastly, apricots are a great source of vitamin A which is important for eye health. Eating an apricot every day can help keep your eyes healthy and strong.
Apricots are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you enjoy them fresh, dried or cooked into jams and jellies, apricots provide numerous benefits for your health. Enjoy this nutritious fruit to reap the rewards of its fiber content, vitamin A and antioxidant properties. You may be surprised by all the amazing things apricots have to offer!