Monday, July 1, 2013

Apricots; Food of the Gods?

Apricots are  food that has been nourishing people for years. It is a wonderful fruit that is good for the body and skin. They are high in the B vitamins as well as magnesium. The oil from the apricot pits is used in beauty products around the world. It is a wonderful thing to add to your diet.

Apricots are a wonderful fruit that are so easy to prepare, just wash and eat leaving the pit behind. The pit is easily removed, even my littlest could do it.  Last week we had some and our children ate so many of them I felt lucky to get any of them. They just flew right out of our fruit bowl. It seemed like I brought them in the house and they disappeared into little bellies.  I love that my children are loving and eating vegetables and fruits.

Fresh is the way I prefer to eat apricots. I do not care for canned or dried, yet they are wonderful. Apricots add a wonderful sweetness to many dishes. We have discovered that canned apricots make a wonderful smoothie base.  I am finding ways to eat the apricots I canned. An apricot puree made from canned apricots is a nice topping for pancakes or waffles. I just do not enjoy them straight from the can or jar. Canned apricots have got a bad rap in the military. There is a bit of superstition surrounding those who eat them. I have included the link to that story below.
Apricots causing superstition in the military.

One of the most popular ways people enjoy apricots is dried. I avoid many dried fruits because they use sulfites to aid in the drying process. I tend to have allergic reactions to these products. But for those who do not have such reactions dried apricots offer a powerhouse of nutrition that can be enjoyed on the go.  Dried apricots can go into salads, sandwiches breads and other things. It can be a great way to get good fiber and nutrition into your diet.

I really enjoy apricot nectar. It is wonderfully thick and rich in flavor and texture no wonder is called the nectar of the Gods.  I do have to watch what I buy, as so many of the popular brands are using less apricot and more corn syrup or other things. Watch what you buy, but  make sure you enjoy this wonderful  food. We tend to eat the same two or three fruits, apples, bananas, and oranges being the most popular here in the United States, but there are so many more choices out there. Expand your horizons get out and enjoy more fruits and vegetables including apricots.

apricot recipes
health benefits of apricots

shared as part of real food wednesdays


  1. Apricots are one of my favorites! Last year was a great apricot year locally and we put up many 1/2 pint jars of honeyed apricots...Divine!!! Sadly, they are almost gone now and this year was horrible for fruit.

  2. I can't say I've ever tried an apricot, but I think I'd like them. :) Thanks for linking-up at A Humble Bumble :)

  3. Thanks for sharing info about apricots on Tuesday Greens!

  4. I love apricots but I don't see many fresh ones where I live! Thanks so much for sharing on The Home Acre Hop! Nancy On The Home Front