Apricot is the fruit from an apricot tree. They are used as medicine. They are closely related to peaches, almonds, plums, and cherries. Apricots are a good source of vitamin A and are high in natural sugar content. Dried apricots are an excellent source of iron. They are used for asthma, constipation, infertility, vaginal infections, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Apricot oil is used in cosmetics.
In a 100-gram amount, raw apricots supply 48 Calories and are composed of 11% carbohydrates, 1% protein, less than 1% fat, and 86% water. Raw apricots are a moderate source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
Health Benefits of Apricot
- Promote eye health.
- They boost skin health.
- May promote gut health.
- Protect your liver.
- Improves metabolism.
- Helps in weight loss.
Apricots have a chilling requirement of 300 to 900 chilling units. A dry climate is good for fruit maturation. The tree is slightly more cold-hardy than the peach, tolerating winter temperatures as cold as −30 °C (−22 °F) or lower if healthy. Furthermore, the trees are sensitive to temperature changes during the winter season. In China, winters can be very cold, but temperatures tend to be more stable than in Europe and especially North America, where large temperature swings can occur in winter. They prefer well-drained soils with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.
Dried apricots are a type of traditional dried fruit. Turkey is the world’s largest producer of dried apricots. When treated with sulfur dioxide (E220), the color is vivid orange. Organic fruit not treated with sulfur dioxide is darker in color and has a coarser texture. When apricots are dried, the relative concentration of nutrients is increased, with vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, and iron having Daily Values above 25%.