The History Of Our Bulk Apricots
Apricots are sweet, slightly tart stone fruits, or ‘drupes’ that are yellow-orange in color and chewy in texture. Belonging to the genus Prunus and the species armeniaca, apricots got their name from the etymologically derived Latin word ‘apricum’ which means ‘sunny place’. Botanically, apricots are relatives to peaches, plums, cherries, and almonds. It is both uncertain and highly debated where apricots originated due to their extensive prehistoric cultivation.
The world’s leading producer of apricots is Turkey. Second, is the country of Iran. The third largest producer is Uzbekistan. In the United States, specifically California, is responsible for the largest output of this delicious fruit. A fun fact about apricots is that their stones, or ‘pits’, are used to flavor Amaretto, a sweet Italian liqueur that was originally flavored using bitter almonds.
Dried Apricots Nutrition
Apricots boast an impressive nutritional profile, containing generous amounts of Vitamin A and beta-carotene which are great for the eyes, iron for the blood, and potassium which serves the heart and muscles. Subsequently, our bulk apricots are low in calories and high in fiber.
Apricots For Strong Eyes
Vitamin A and beta-carotene play a vital role in eye function, protecting both the surface of the eye, or cornea, and the image-producing retina in the back of the eye. Specifically, apricots have at least 20% of both of these nutrients per 100 gram serving.
Dried Apricots Contribute To Healthy Blood
Iron is a critical component of hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen from the lungs outward into the blood and tissues of the body. Thus, without a supply of iron, the body becomes unable to produce enough red-blood cells, which can ultimately lead to anemia. Therefore, apricots are loaded with iron, making them a great option for maintaining a healthy level of red-blood cells.
Apricots For Muscle Contraction
Apricots contain potassium; a vitamin required for muscle contraction. Potassium helps the heart (a muscle) beat properly and regulate blood pressure throughout the arteries. As a result of this, apricots also help combat lightheadedness, which is why it’s common to hear someone offer the idea of eating potassium-packed fruit when someone claims to feel faint.
Culinary Uses of Bulk Apricot
A perk to buying dried apricots in bulk is all the options at your creative disposal. Most importantly, eating dried bulk apricots by themselves is a great substitute for unhealthy snacking. They also work well when added to baked goods. Here are some ideas to get the most out of this delectable fruit.
Slice them and mix into cottage cheese or yogurt
Top them onto warm oatmeal along with some dried cherries
Chop them and add to scone or muffin batter
Add them to cake batter for added chewiness and flavor
Enjoy dried apricots alone as a nutritional alternative to processed sweets
Incorporate them into a mix of other dried fruits and nuts
Storage and Shelf Life
Dried apricots will keep in the refrigerator or the pantry for 6 to 12 months. Although, you can freeze them for up to 18 months. Given that the moisture in the fruit will react to heat and humidity, we strongly recommend refrigerating your apricots.
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