Apricots

Apricots

Apricots

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Full of fragrance and sweet, golden-orange apricots are another summer season delicacies of Asian origin. These much-prized fruits were first brought to the Europe by Greeks, who named them as “golden eggs of the sun.”

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Full of fragrance and sweet, golden-orange apricots are another summer season delicacies of Asian origin. These much-prized fruits were first brought to the Europe by Greeks, who named them as “golden eggs of the sun.”

Botanically, the fruit is closely related to peaches and nectarine; sharing with them in the broader Rosaceae family of fruit-trees in the genus; Prunus. Scientific name: Prunus armenia. Today, some of the main producing regions of this fruit are Turkey, Iran, Italy, France, Spain, Syria, Greece, and China.

Apricot is a medium-sized deciduous tree that grows best in well-drained mountain slope soils. During the spring, it bears plenty of beautiful pinkish-white flowers that attract bees. The fruits have almost uniform size, 4-5 cm in diameter, and weigh about 35 g. In structure; the fruit is a drupe, consisting of a centrally located single pit surrounded by crunchy, aromatic edible flesh. The seed enclosed in a hard stony shell often called as “stone.”

Fresh, ripe apricots have a sweet flavor similar to plums. Sundried organic apricots are nutritiously denser than fresh ones, although they have less in vitamin-C content. Its seed-kernel is also edible and taste like that of almond nut. Oil extracted from these kernels employed in cooking.

Health benefits of apricots

Fresh fruits are low in calories, composing just 50 calories per 100 g weight. Nonetheless, they are an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The fruits enriched with numerous health promoting phytochemicals that help prevent heart disease, reduce LDL, (“bad cholesterol”) levels and offer protection against cancers.

Apricots are excellent sources of vitamin-A and carotenes. 100 grams of fresh fruits carry 1926 IU or 64% of daily required levels of vitamin-A. These compounds known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin-A also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes helps protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Fresh fruits contain vitamin-C, another natural antioxidant. Vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

They are an also good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and manganese. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

The total antioxidant or ORAC value of fresh apricots is 1115 μmol TE/100 g. Most of this value attributed to some important health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin. Altogether, these compounds act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging, cancers and various disease process.

Further, zeaxanthin, a carotenoid selectively concentrated in the retinal “macula lutea” in the human eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light-filtering functions. Thus, consumption of fruits rich in zeaxanthin helps eyes protect from age-related macular disease (AMRD), especially in the older adults.

Selection and storage

Apricot season lasts from May until September. Buy fresh, well ripe, golden-orange color fruits that feature uniform in size, and pleasant aroma.

Avoid those with pale yellow skin as they picked too early from the tree. Take care while handling ripe delicate fruits.

Store them in the refrigerator in an egg tray set at high relative humidity. Use apricots as early as possible.

Sundried apricots are equally famous as fresh fruits and can be readily available in the markets worldwide.

Preparation and Serving method

Wash fresh fruits gently in cold water and pat dry with soft cloth. Eat ripe fruit with its skin to get the maximum benefits.

Sliced sections of the fruit can be a great addition to salads.

They also emplyed in jam, marmalade, syrup, and jelly preparation.

Sundried organic fruits can be used like raisins and currants in the sweet/confectionary industry.

Safety profile

Dried apricots often bleached with sulfite gas which prevents them from oxidation to extend their shelf life. Bleaching is also done with other dried fruits like raisins, figs, etc. However, consumption of sulfite-treated bright orange apricots may cause acute bronchospasm in sensitized people who are suffering from asthma episodes. Therefore, sulfite sensitive individuals can instead safely use un-sulfured dry fruits that have a brown color.

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