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 and Peaches 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. Apricots 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:
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: 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, Mercola, 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 and Pixabay.
How do you enjoy your Apricots? Let me know!