Apricots: 5 facts & health benefits of Apricots
Things you should know about the health benefits of apricots
Apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh: not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. Their flavor is almost musky, with a faint tartness that is more pronounced when the fruit is dried. Some people consider the flavor as being somewhere between a peach and a plum, fruits to which they are closely related.
Apricots are enjoyed as a fresh fruit but also dried, cooked into pastry, and eaten as jam. The fruits are also distilled into brandy and liqueur. There is a best secret within the fruit world which is apricot nutrition. Vitamins, antioxidants and fiber combine to form apricots one great fruit, from a nutritional consideration.
Eating apricots as a part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may be a good way to stop cancer, lower cholesterol and heart condition risk, promote vision, improve digestion, aid in weight loss and improve skin health.
Benefits of Apricots are, it is great sources of vitamins A and C, and also contain vitamin E and iron. Vitamin A is well-known to assist with acne and other skin problems, while the iron in apricots is sweet news for those with anemia. Apricots are an excellent healthy snack to enjoy during the summer months.
Scientifically called Prunus armeniaca, apricot is replete with nutrients. While the vitamin A within the fruit boosts eye health and immunity, the fiber takes care of the digestive health. The fiber does well to your heart by regulating the quantity of important sign and cholesterol. Not just the fruit, but the seeds have also been found to be effective in relieving inflammation.
In fact, one animal study states how apricot seed oil extract protected against colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease.
Overall, consider the benefits of apricot to be an excellent food that gives you with the protective effects of antioxidants while adding only a few calories to your daily total.
Nutrition & health
The healthy ingredients of the apricot not only strengthen the hair and nails, but also the immune system and also help to stimulate the circulation. Apricots have an antibacterial effect due to the salicylic acid. The active ingredient dimethylglycine, which is at the core of apricot, is also said to help with migraines and headaches.
Preparation & use
Apricots are good for jams and cakes. But they are also a culinary accompaniment to hearty dishes such as chicken and lamb. Simply wash it, pat it dry, cut it in half and remove the stone, and you can enjoy the apricot.
Most apricot varieties are self-fertile, but there are also some that need a second type of pollinator nearby, for example ‘Orangered’, ‘Aurora’ or ‘Goldrich’. Since you cannot rely on pollen donors in the neighboring gardens because of the rarity of the fruit trees, it is best to plant two suitable varieties of the apricot tree close together. Since apricots already bloom in March, pollination is usually done by bumblebees and – at mild temperatures – also by honeybees.
Diseases and pests
In damp spring, apricots, like many varieties of sour cherry, are often affected by the top drought (Monilia). Shotgun disease and incurable viral Scharka disease also occur occasionally. Experience shows that the trees are easily infected, especially when the site conditions are not optimal. Pests, however, hardly play a role. The roots of the apricot tree are occasionally eaten by voles and the cherry vinegar fly brought in from Japan has unfortunately discovered the sweet fruits for itself.
Apricots are usually propagated through grafting. In Germany, specially processed plum documents such as’ St. Julien A ’and‘ GF 655/2 ’are used. Compared to conventional apricot seedlings such as ‘Hinduka’, both show a significantly lower growth rate and a better winter hardiness. The ‘Pumi Select’ document is particularly weak-growing, but still not very widespread.
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