Apricot lovers from all over the world observe International Apricot Day every year on January 9th.
Originating from Armenia, now grown the world-over, apricot has been considered an exotic treat since ancient times. It has been associated with Alexander the Great, and later, Lucullus the Roman General who imported these trees to Greece.
Apricots are fibrous, with a unique musky flavour that makes them stand apart from their counterparts – plums and peaches. The skin has a beautiful velvety texture to it, while the flavour inside is a sweet and fleshy. With its unique ability to blend well with meats, desserts and bakes, apricot recipes are popular with kids and adults.
The apricot in Latin means, praecocquu,“Precious”, a label it earned since it ripens much earlier than other summer fruits.
Apart from being one of the most important fruits in the world, apricots offer incredible health benefits.
1.) Better Digestion
Apricots have pectin and cellulose that act as mild laxatives and treat constipation. Its juice flushes out unwanted waste in your digestive tract and aids the body’s digestive juices to create an alkaline environment. You can also consume half a cup of apricot juice before a meal, since it can stimulate digestion and neutralize acids that cause hunger-pangs.
2.) Bone and Muscle Health
Apricots contain a considerable amount of calcium that help improve bone health and prevents age-related osteoporosis. Women especially should consume apricot juice regularly as they are more prone to bone degradation. Dried apricots contain potassium which is necessary for bodily functions such as metabolism; thus, it is important for muscle-building and body growth.
3.) Superior Eyesight
Dried apricots contain Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that helps combat free radicals which can damage eye lenses, leading to cataracts or loss of vision. Eye disorders like macular degeneration and glaucoma can be prevented by regular consumption of apricot juice.
4.) Good skin and hair
Apricot contains lots of vitamin C that is useful to maintain skin elasticity. It’s also beneficial for hair health. The content of nutrients in the juice of apricot work optimally in lengthen your hair.
5.) Prevents morning sickness
Pregnant women often experience morning sickness. One way to eliminate this problem is by drinking apricot juice. Apricot juice also provides nutritional supplements for pregnant women, namely vitamins, calcium, iron, and antioxidants.