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Apricot (Rosaceae)

ORIGIN & VARIETIES The apricot tree originates in eastern north-east China and has been brought to the West since 3000 B.C. It’s origins are disputed as it has been largely cultivated in Armenia where seeds of over 6000 years were found.
Apricots are golden orange and plump drupes. There are over 35 varieties of apricot trees including Autumn royal, Blenheim, Floragold, Harcot, Harglow, the Manchurian, amongst others.
Main producing countries are Turkey, Iran, Armenia, California, Utah - amongst other.

IN SEASON Apricots are harvested in the spring, from April onwards mainly, and are easy to spot: a ripe apricot will impregnate a room beautifully with its sweet smell.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

SMOOTH MOVE Fresh or dried, apricots are very rich in fiber and great to relieve from constipation and promote good bowel movement.

STRONG BONES Apricots contain a good cocktail of calcium, phosphorous, manganese, iron, and copper to ensure healthy growth and strong bones.

HEART HEALTH A high amount of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber that contribute to good cardiovascular health. Apricots help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes in particular.

FEVER SLUMP Apricots contain the right balance of water, vitamins and minerals to detox your organs and reduce the overall temperature of your body. Apricots are soothing, anti-inflammatory treasures that will make your fever drop.

SKIN CARE Rich in antioxidants and vitamin A, apricot oil helps relieve skin disorders like eczema, itching, scabies and irritations.

ANEMIA BOOST Apricots contain enough iron and copper to promote the formation of hemoglobin, a good support to boost your metabolism and anemia.

CANCER PREVENTION Thanks to their high concentration in carotenoids and antioxidants, apricots fight free radicals to prevent cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and aging skin. I say super power.

PULMONARY HEALTH Essential oils found in apricots have expectorant qualities and promotes a good flow of the respiratory system preventing asthma attacks.

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