Apricot Fruit Facts and Health Benefits 101
Facts about Apricots
Also recognized as Armenian plum or Prunus armeniaca botanically, the apricot is indigenous to the Asian areas of Himalaya, Armenia and China. The fruit is presently grown in a number of locations with climates that range from Mediterranean, temperate and sub-tropical.
Apricot trees are incredibly prolific: they may achieve 12-15 feet tall and produce fruit for as many as 20-25 years. The leaves are oval in shape, around 5-10 cm in both diameter and length, and having a pointy tip. The size of apricot flowers are usually measured at 3-4 cm, with light pink petals. Apricot trees yield a fruit much like a peach, having a pale yellow color that turns into deep orange upon matured, and it usually turns red in the area with the most sunlight. Apricots also have a single seed, in the middle of a tough, woody shell known as "stone".
The internal seed may be consumed and it has a flavor nearly the same as almonds, but it has little amounts of cyanide. Therefore, it should be eaten with caution as it may cause cyanide poisoning.
Health Benefits of Apricots
The fruit, kernel (interior portion of the seed), flowers and oil of the apricot are normally applied to medicine and treatment since old days.
Dried Apricot Health Benefits
You may consume apricots raw, cooked, canned or dried. However, dried apricots contains more benefits. To make dried apricots, water in fresh apricots is removed without affecting the nutrients. And are you aware that 5 lbs of fresh apricots make only 1 lb of dried apricots? Because of this, dried apricots have a higher level of nutrients compared to other forms.
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