The scientific name of apricots is derived from Armenia, which is where most scientists believe apricots originated.
- Nutritional Profile- Contain vitamins A, C, K, E, and niacin in significant amounts, as well as a number of other essential vitamins in trace amounts (less than 5% of daily requirement). Apricots also have good mineral content, which includes potassium, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. They are a very good source of dietary fiber. One cup serving of sliced apricots (approximately four-and-a-half fruits) provides about 79 calories and 3.3 grams of fiber.
- Health Benefits– Fiber stimulates the gastric and digestive juices that help absorb the nutrients and break down the food for easier processing. Therefore apricots treat indigestion and constipation. Being rich in minerals, eating apricots ensure the healthy growth and development of your bones, as well as preventing various age-related conditions, including osteoporosis. Fluid levels throughout the body are dependent mainly on two minerals, potassium, and sodium. The high amounts of potassium in apricots has been linked to maintaining fluid balance in the body. Iron and copper present in apricots help in the formation of hemoglobin when you consume them, treating anemia. Research has shown that dried apricots are able to improve blood clotting in the body.
- Usage- Satisfy your sweet and salty cravings with favorite crackers, cheese, and dried apricots. At the same time, make a great dip for celery, crackers, for a sandwich and bagel spread, by mixing apricots with cream cheese, yogurt, dates, and pecans. Mash ripe bananas spread over a bagel and add chopped apricots. Also, they can be added to hot or cold cereals, oatmeal, fruit salad, and yogurt.