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Apricot is a medium sized deciduous tree growing best in the well-drained mountainous slope soils. During the spring, the plant bears plenty of beautiful pinkish-white flowers, which attract bees. The fruits have almost uniform size, 4-5 cm in diameter, and weigh about 35 g. In structure; the fruit is a drupe, consist of a centrally located single seed surrounded by crunchy, aromatic edible flesh. The seed is enclosed in a hard stony shell, often called a "stone."

Fresh, ripe apricots have a sweet flavor similar to plums. Sun dried organic fruits have concentrated nutrient values than fresh ones, although they are lesser in vitamin-C content. Its seed is also edible and taste like that of almonds. Oil extracted from the seeds has been used in cooking.

Fresh fruits are low in calories, composing just 50 calories per 100 g weight. Nonetheless, they are rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The fruits are enriched with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals; that helps prevent heart disease, reduce LDL, ("bad cholesterol") levels and offer protection against cancers.

Apricots are excellent sources of vitamin-A, and carotenes. 100 g fresh fruits have 1926 IU or 64% of daily-required levels of vitamin A. Both compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes helps protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Fresh fruits contain vitamin-C, another natural anti-oxidant. Vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

They are an also good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and manganese. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

The total anti-oxidant or ORAC value of raw apricots is 1115 umol TE/100 g. Much of this in these fruits comes from some important health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic anti-oxidants such as lutein, zea xanthin and beta cryptoxanthin. Altogether, these compounds act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging, cancers and various disease process.

Further, zea-xanthin, a carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal "macula lutea" in the eyes where it is thought to provide anti-oxidant and protective light-filtering functions. Thus, consumption of fruits like apricots rich in zea-xanthin helps eyes protect from age-related macular disease (AMRD), especially in the elderly people.

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Nutrition Data for Apricots, raw (09021)

NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup, halves1 cup, sliced1 apricot
Water86.35 g133.8425 g142.4775 g30.2225 g
Energy48 kcal74.4 kcal79.2 kcal16.8 kcal
Protein1.4 g2.17 g2.31 g0.49 g
Total lipid (fat)0.39 g0.6045 g0.6435 g0.1365 g
Carbohydrate, by difference11.12 g17.236 g18.348 g3.892 g
Fiber, total dietary2 g3.1 g3.3 g0.7 g
Sugars, total9.24 g14.322 g15.246 g3.234 g
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup, halves1 cup, sliced1 apricot
Calcium, Ca13 mg20.15 mg21.45 mg4.55 mg
Iron, Fe0.39 mg0.6045 mg0.6435 mg0.1365 mg
Magnesium, Mg10 mg15.5 mg16.5 mg3.5 mg
Phosphorus, P23 mg35.65 mg37.95 mg8.05 mg
Potassium, K259 mg401.45 mg427.35 mg90.65 mg
Sodium, Na1 mg1.55 mg1.65 mg0.35 mg
Zinc, Zn0.2 mg0.31 mg0.33 mg0.07 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup, halves1 cup, sliced1 apricot
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid10 mg15.5 mg16.5 mg3.5 mg
Thiamin0.03 mg0.0465 mg0.0495 mg0.0105 mg
Riboflavin0.04 mg0.062 mg0.066 mg0.014 mg
Niacin0.6 mg0.93 mg0.99 mg0.21 mg
Vitamin B-60.054 mg0.0837 mg0.0891 mg0.0189 mg
Folate, DFE9 µg13.95 µg14.85 µg3.15 µg
Vitamin B-120 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin A, RAE96 µg148.8 µg158.4 µg33.6 µg
Vitamin A, IU1926 IU2985.3 IU3177.9 IU674.1 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.89 mg1.3795 mg1.4685 mg0.3115 mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin D0 IU0 IU0 IU0 IU
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)3.3 µg5.115 µg5.445 µg1.155 µg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup, halves1 cup, sliced1 apricot
Fatty acids, total saturated0.027 g0.04185 g0.04455 g0.00945 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.17 g0.2635 g0.2805 g0.0595 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.077 g0.11935 g0.12705 g0.02695 g
Cholesterol0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup, halves1 cup, sliced1 apricot
Caffeine0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
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