Apricots are round stone fruits with a diameter of four to eight centimeters. When ripe, they have an orange color and a sweet to bitter taste. In South Tyrol as well as in Southern Germany they also bear the name apricots. They grow on small shrubs or trees.
The sweet fruit was already known in ancient times
About the exact origin of apricots there are different views. Some researchers locate them in Armenia, others in China, and still others in India. Scientists agree that the sweet fruit has been consumed for several thousand years. Today, the apricot trees are grown mainly in Turkey, Italy and Spain, but also in Austria and Switzerland.
Supplier of minerals and vitamins
The apricot contains a variety of healthy minerals and trace elements. These include above all iron and potassium, furthermore B vitamins, folic acid, beta-carotene, lycopene, niacin and pantothenic acid. Due to this composition, apricots have a positive effect on the skin and mucous membranes, they support blood formation and stimulate digestion. They are also a suitable means of draining the body, they help against thick legs and relieve the cardiovascular system. The contained folic acid is especially valuable for women during pregnancy.
Best enjoyed very ripe or dried
Apricots contain the most vitamins when eaten when very ripe. At the same time, they should be sweet in taste and not watery. Up to a week, the ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator. Another option is to buy the fruit dried. Even then, it still provides the body with a variety of healthy ingredients.
Apricots help healthy weight loss
Fruit is very important for a healthy and varied diet. Apricots are a suitable variant and can be eaten without problems in between. They provide the body with important vitamins and can stimulate the weight loss process, as they support digestion. About one apricot a day is recommended, and it can be eaten alternately with other fruits. Of course, it is no problem to eat several apricots in one day.