The Travelling Tropical Fruit: Apricot

by Jerem on June 22, 2013

Natural HealthApricots are a beautiful symbol of summer. Apricots have been around for a very long time. Their origin is somewhat uncertain since there is evidence that they have been anciently cultivated in Armenia, India, and China as early as 3,000 B.C. The fruit was first introduced to North America in the 17th century by Spanish explorers. The first major production of apricots began in the 1670s in San Francisco, California. The climate of the area is perfect for apricots and California remains the largest apricot producer in the U.S.

Canned and dried fruits are available year-round, but fresh apricots are plentiful during May through August in North America. South America and other tropical areas supply fresh fruit during the winter months in North America.

Apricots are a small golden orange colored fruit with velvety skin. When choosing apricots select those that appear plump and juicy and have a little give when you sqeeze them gently. This indicates the fruit is ripe and ready to eat. Apricots ripen and build flavor while on the tree, so picking them too early means they will not taste as good.

Apricot contain high levels of beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the human body. The fruit is also rich in easily digested sugars, Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B17, riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), and fiber. Apricots are also rich in minerals like iron, copper, potassium and magnesium. The apricot seeds contain proteins and vegetable oils and are often used as an alternative to almonds in food and cosmetics. The vitamin B17 contained in the fruit is a natural medicine for cancer.

Due to their iron content, apricots help people suffering from anemia. The small copper and iron that it contain is essential in re-building the hemoglobin in the blood. The fiber of the fruit is a fantastic aid for smoothing bowel movements and is recommended for individuals with constipation. The alkaline reaction of the fruit in the digestive system helps clear acid and digestion problems.The vitamin A of this fruit helps in improving eyesight.

Apricot is often used to treat fever and as well. To treat fever it is best to steam apricot and blend it with honey or mineral water. The abundant vitamins, minerals, and water content of apricots all help the body bring down a fever.

Apricot is also used for certain skin conditions like eczema and scabies. Because apricots are known to help remove blemishes and maintain healthy skin, apricot oil is a common ingredient in many lotions and scrubs. Some prepare their own lotion with buttermilk, almond oil, and Calendula mixed together.

So eat up and enjoy this delicious and healthy fruit!

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