Another popular stone fruit of Summer is the Apricot
. My Nannie used to make the best Apricot
fried pies, and those were my absolute favorite treats growing up.
It's not surprising that Apricot
are so popular since the USA alone produces about 64,900 tons of Apricots a year
, which is considerably less than the Cherries
we produce. Still, 31,821 cars worth of Apricots
is nothing to scoff at!
The origins of the Apricot
are somewhat unknown, but, from what I understand, they are native to China and Armenia. They spread across Europe when Lucullus, a Roman General, exported the trees from Armenia around 100 BC.
are great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folate, Choline, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, and Potassium. They also have decent amounts of Protein, Sugar, and Carbohydrates, making them the perfect addition to any diet.
That's because Apricots help with:
- Eye health (Vitamins A, C, carotenoids, and beta-carotenes reduce the risk of eye issues)
- Bone health (Calcium and Potassium are essential for bone growth)
- Cardiovascular health (the fiber and potassium lower bad cholesterol and balance electrolytes)
- Anemia and other blood issues (Apricots are high in Iron and vitamin C, which helps red blood cells stay healthy)
- Aging (Apricots are high in antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and can reduce wrinkles)
- Dieting and weight loss (Apricots are low in calories and high in fiber and water, which makes them a perfect addition to any diet)
- Balancing fluid levels (the potassium balances the fluids in our bodies and makes sure that energy is distributed evenly among the organs)
- Pregnancy (if Apricots are this beneficial for adults, imagine how good they'd be for a developing fetus?) (Talk to your doctor before adding Apricots to any pregnancy plan)
Adding Apricots to your diet is as simple as heading to the store. Fresh is always the preferred option, but you can also use them in:
- Tea (take some fresh or dried apricot and steep in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Strain, add honey, and enjoy!)
- Pies (can you say Yummy?)
- Ice Cream (mix them in or sprinkle them on top!)
- Fruit salad (they pair well with practically any other fruit)
- Smoothies (Add some flavor to that boring protein shake!)
- Cereal or Oatmeal (fresh Apricot bits are great in cold or hot cereals)
- Trail Mix (Dried apricots are a staple in trail mixes, and making your own wouldn't be hard at all!)
As with most stone fruits, the pit does contain small amounts of Cyanide. Please be careful not to ingest the pits or use them to any great degree. Also, I'm not a doctor of any kind, so if you're unsure how Apricots will affect you, consult a medical professional.
To learn more, visit World's Healthies Foods
, Health Beckon
, Nutritious Fruit
, Nutritional Data
, Smart Cooky
, and Organic Facts
. I didn't have any Apricots
on hand to photograph, so the photos came from Public Domain Pictures
How do you enjoy your Apricots? Let me know!