Friday, November 13, 2015
The Apricot - ' Prunus armeniaca' - fam: Rosaceae
An apricot is a fruit, or the tree, that bears the fruit of several species in the genus, Prunus (stone fruits). Usually, an apricot tree is from the species P. armeniaca, but the species P. brigantina, P. mandshurica, P. mume, and P. sibirica are closely related, have similar fruit, and are also called apricots. 1
Relatives of Peaches, Apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh, not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. Some describe their flavour as almost musky, with a faint tartness that lies somewhere between a Peach and a Plum. It is arguable that their origin was in Armenia, but are nowadays, a World fruit.
Apricots are rich in many plant antioxidants. Some of these are the vitamin antioxidants so familiar to regular users of this site. Others are more difficult to obtain from other foods, and may be responsible for specific health benefits. Overall, consider the apricot to be a great food that provides you with the protective effects of antioxidants while adding very few calories to your daily total. 2
REFERENCES: 1 - Wikipedia - Apricot.
2 - The World's Healthiest Foods.