The sweet ,tasty ,delicious ,small and golden orange apricots are originally from china but arrived in Europe via Armenia .It consists of a single seed surrounded by crunchy ,aromatic ,edible flesh .The seed is enclosed a hard stony shells .Fresh rip apricots have a sweet flavour similar to plums .It can be used as a fresh ,dried ,cooked into pastry , jam ,distilled brandy and liqueur . Scientific name of this apricots are Pruns Armenia .The leading producers of the apricots are Turkey ,USA ,Russia ,France ,Italy ,Spain ,Greece and China .The largest producer of apricot is Turkey .
They are rich in health promoting phytochemicals and nutrients . – – They are excellent source of vitamin A , 100 grams of apricots will provide 1926 IU of vitamin A .It is very good for vision .
– They are good source of minerals like potassium ,iron ,calcium ,zinc ,manganese ,amino acids ,fatty acids and dietary fiber .
– Lutein ,zeaxanthin and beta cryptoxanthin present in it will help the eyes to protect from age related macular degeneration in elderly people .
– It protects your heart from atherosclerosis ,heart attacks and strokes because of its potassium content and antioxidant property .
– The powerful antioxidant lycopene is one of the carotenoids found in apricot . Carotenoids compounds that gives red ,orange yellow colors of the fruits and vegetables .
– It helps to reduce the LDL cholesterol and increase the HDL cholesterol levels in the body .
– It helps to maintain the normal fluid levels in the body .
– It helps to prevent osteoporosis.
– It is very effective to reduce the risk of cancers because of its antioxidant and flavonoids like quercetin ,panthocyanidins ,gallic acid ,catechins and ferulic acid .
– It protect against inflammation because of its catechins flavonoids phytonutrients .
– It is rich in dietary fiber and therefore it is good for smooth bowel movement and it helps to stimulate the digestive juices that help to absorb the nutrients .
– It is very good for weight management because it is low in calories
– It contains vitamin C natural antioxidants it helps the body to develop resistance against infectious disease .
– It helps to absorb the iron and formation of red blood cells .
– Apricot oil is extracted from seeds of apricot it is having as moisturizing ,anti inflammatory ,anti aging ,antiseptic and anti oxidant properties and it is good for skin care also .