by Amanda Natividad, NatureBox Editor
Apricots are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Rich in vitamins A, C, E, potassium, iron and beta-carotene, these sweet fruits are nutrient powerhouse. In fact, about three fresh apricots will give you half your daily value of vitamin A.
They’re fat-free. Aside from naturally containing no fat, apricots are also low in carbohydrates and are a good source of fiber. They’re even rich in antioxidants that strengthen your immune system.
They’re delicious fresh and dried. While dried apricots technically have a higher concentration in vitamins and nutrients, they’re a bit higher in carbs. If you’re looking for the dried fruit, try our Sun-Dried California Apricots!
You can eat them any time of the day. Add sliced fresh apricots or the dried variety to cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. For a naturally sweet brunch treat, try adding chopped apricots to pancake batter! You can even add dried apricots to savory stews for a Middle Eastern twist. The moisture will re-hydrate and soften the apricots!
They make for juicy, tasty fruit hybrids. When crossed with plums, the resulting fruits are even juicier! Plumcots or apriplums are equal parts plum and apricot; they’re red on the outside with gold flesh. Pluots are mostly plum-like, with a red-violet skin and red flesh. Finally, apriums are more apricot-like and are almost entirely gold. If you’re torn between apricots and plums, you can choose the fruit you want based on what you’re in the mood for!
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