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The apricot or Prunus armeniaca, is the fruit of the apricot tree. It belongs to the Rosaceae family.
You can enjoy this sweet and sweet fruit during the summer.
The apricot tree loves heat and, depending on the region and the variety, produces apricots from June for the earliest, until August for the later.
Many varieties exist: the Bergeron, undoubtedly the most cultivated in France, the Lambertin, l‘Red apricot from Roussillon, theProvence orange…
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Apricot, for the record
Cultivated for over 4,000 years, apricots are native to China. It was Alexander the Great who brought the apricot to the West. The apricot traveled a lot, in the Middle and Near East, then it arrived among the Greeks and the Romans.
The Romans called it "praecoquum", which means precocious.
The apricot took a long time to be appreciated in France. It was thanks to Louis XIV and his gardener that the apricot became so popular.
Apricot: health benefits and virtues
Apricot is very rich in beta carotene (2000 micrograms / 100g) this pigment, a precursor of vitamin A, gives it this beautiful orange color. It is essential for growth and at the bone protection and teeth.
It is also found to be beneficial for the skin and mucous membranes.
In the eyes, beta-carotene is also involved in the color vision. It is also favorable for the defense of the body by contributing to the immune system.
Beta-carotene also reduces bad cholesterol.
It is also a good anti-oxidant, thanks to vitamins C (10 mg / 100g), B (0.96 mg / 100g) and pro A (beta-carotene) which ensure the regeneration of skin cells, prevent the appearance of cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
Apricot contains 85% water. It's a diuretic, it detoxifies our body.
Apricot contains fiber (2%), which facilitates digestion, regulate intestinal transit. Ideal for dizzy intestines and for flushing out toxins.
Apricot and its fibers are effective against hemorrhoids.
Apricot and health:
Apricot is a source of essential minerals and trace elements:
- Of potassium (315 mg / 100 g), essential for cardiac contraction.
- Of iron (0.36 mg / 100 g) which participates in the fhemoglobin build-up, the transport of oxygen in the blood and cells and the multiplication of red blood cells.
- As well as calcium (15.6 mg / 100g) for healthy bones and muscles and magnesium ( 9mg / 100g) anti-stress trace element that regulates nervousness.
Athletes love apricot, it provides 45 kcal / 100g. In addition to being very energizing, it limits cramps.
Apricot kernel oil is a very good anti-inflammatory. It is indicated in cases of rheumatism.
It relieves muscle, joint and nasal pain.
Apricot leaves are an effective remedy against cough and the sore throat.
Indications: constipation, indigestion, anemia, osteoporosis, angina, hemorrhoids, sore throat, rheumatism.
In massage, apricot kernel oil, is applied to the body, after sun exposure, or to dry skin. It is also applied to muscle pain.
In infusion, apricot leaves relieve aches and irritations of the throat. It is also suitable for removing toxins.
In decoction, apricot relieves inflammation and rashes.
In case of dysentery : The juice extracted from the leaves of the apricot tree and diluted may be effective in treating dysentery.
The kernel of the apricot kernel presents a risk of toxicity when abused.
Apricot in the kitchen
In summer, apricots are eaten both raw and cooked.
We like them plain, dry, in a crumble with slivered almonds, in a coulis, in a fruit salad, in a smoothie, or in a Caesar salad.
Even in winter, benefit from apricots in jam.
Do not wait to try the recipe for apricot jam to garden smart!
Apricot goes very well with prunes, in chicken, tagine, or with roast pork.
In pies, apricots can be very sour. Line your pie crust with a mixture of the same sugar and flour.
Dried apricots are a great snack before or after exercise.
To discover : the delicious apricot jam recipe
Apricot, beauty tips
Apricot oil, extracted from its kernel, has many benefits for your body.
It facilitates tanning, nourishes the body and tones and softens the skin.
In addition, it nourishes the hair and limits its loss.
The abundance of beta-carotene also takes care of your skin, it is a powerful anti-wrinkle agent, it regenerates cells and above all it gives a beautiful complexion!
For a natural mask: Mix 3 apricots, with 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese, half a lemon juice. Apply on the face, then rinse. It hydrates, closes the pores and softens the skin and gives a radiant complexion.
Store apricots: At room temperature.
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