Amorous Apricots

The Apricot, Prunus armeniaca, is one of the drupe fruits that have been savoured for its tart and sweet taste. There are a lot of varieties of this fruit that differs from region to region; so we have Armenian apricot, Himalayan apricot as well as the Caucasian, Chinese and Japanese forms of apricots.

Apricot fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C but because of their natural habitat being cold windy regions, apricots are not available everywhere. However, apricot kernels are a wide spread form of dry fruit that may be available at various locations across the globe where apricots could not reach.

Nutritional information

Fresh apricots are low in calories and fats. A 100 gm serving of fresh apricot may give your around 50 kilocalories. However, dried apricot is a heavy dose of energy with 241kcal, 63 gm of carbohydrates and 3.4 gm of protein. It is a rich source of vitamin A and E. The dried kernels also contain potassium and iron, two most important minerals for strength and endurance.

Apricots have been associated with many beliefs and sayings as per the region it grew in. Some health benefits of the seeds have also been realized and practiced since a long time. Let us have a look at some major benefits:

  • Healthy for the eyesight due to high amount of beta-carotene form of Vitamin A.
  • Strengthens the immune system with the help of anti-oxidants such as Lycopene.
  • Healthy digestion is encouraged by these fruits due to high dietary fiber. Having as few as 3 apricots may show you the effect of their healthiness on your digestive system.
  • Prevents macular degeneration.
  • High Potassium helps in increasing blood count.
  • Apricots are rich in Iron and are beneficial for production of blood in the body and promote healthy skin and hair growth.

There are a lot of ways to have apricots such as adding them in pies, cakes, yogurt, ice creams etc. They are also used in the form of jams and jellies and used as toppings in salads, cereals and other foods.