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Apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh that's smooth and sweet. Their taste is almost musky, with a faint tartness that is more pronounced when the fruit is dried.
These beautiful orange coloured fruits have a flavor that is somewhere between a peach and a plum, fruits to which they're closely related. You can add sliced apricots to hot or cold cereal. The next time you make pancakes add some chopped apricots to the batter. Or give a Middle Eastern flavour to chicken or vegetable stews with the addition of dried, diced apricots.
Apricots are an excellent source of vitamin A, a very good source of vitamin C, and a good source of dietary fibre and potassium. Nutrients in apricots can help protect the heart and eyes, as well as provide the disease-fighting effects of fibre. The high beta-carotene content of apricots makes them important heart health foods. Beta-carotene helps protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, which may help prevent heart disease.
Apricots contain nutrients such as vitamin A that promote good vision. Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, quenches free radical damage to cells and tissues. Free radical damage can injure the eyes’ lenses. A healthy, whole foods diet should include apricots as a delicious way to add to your fibre intake.