Top 8 Science-Based Health Benefits of Apricots

Apricot is one of the healthiest fruit and is even considered as a superfood due to its high nutrient profile. It contains so many good nutrients and vitamins (such as vitamin A and C) that it’s health benefits are beyond what you can imagine.

You can eat fresh apricots, but also cook them (check our amazing recipes at the end of the article) and dehydrated ones. Depending on what style you choose, their health benefits are differents. Check out our article Dried Fruits: Good or Bad for Your Health? to understand everything!

Let’s get into it right now! First, you’re going to learn more about the tree and fruit, then we highlight the nutritive facts, and the incredible science-based health benefits.

The Cursed Fruit

Apricot, which comes from the apricot tree, originates from China. The word “apricot” is from Spanish Arabic and means “premature”, because the apricot tree flowers really early in spring.

For a long time, Western thought that this tree was from Armenia, and that the fruits were cursed and gave a really bad fever. Some also thought it was from India as it was cultivated in the ancient time.

Focus on the Apricot Tree

The tree can height up to 10 meters and give some lovely smelly flowers. The flowers grow directly on the branches and trunk of the tree.

There are more than 40 different varieties of apricot trees. Most of them grow in countries with a warm climate. However, some of them also grow in temperate climate. Main apricots producers are Turkish, Russia, Spain, and Italy.

Apricot Fruit 101

Apricot peel has a fluffy down which becomes smooth when it’s mature. You can eat the peel, and of course the flesh, which is flavoured and sweet.

Note that apricot is a pretty delicate fruit. However, it’s usually gathered before the end of the maturation phase as it needs to be transported to supermarkets. In this case, its flesh is less tasty and a bit with a floury texture.

Apricot Nutrition Facts

Fresh Apricot

Dehydrated Apricot

Water86%31%
Proteins1.4g3.7g
Fats0.4g0.5g
Carbs11g62g
Fiber0.6g2.9g
Calories48237

For 100g

That’s not all! Apricot is a very nutritious fruit, which:

  • Contains a high quantity of vitamin A
  • Is loaded in potassium and vitamin C
  • Dehydrated, it’s full of fiber, copper, and magnesium – to learn more about dehydrated fruit, don’t hesitate to check our article Dried Fruits: Good or Bad for Your Health?
  • Is full of antioxidants

Top Health Benefits of Apricots

Tips to Buy, Store, and Cook Apricots

When you buy apricots, choose intact ones which are neither excessively soft nor excessively firm.

It’s pretty easy to store your apricots, but you should always handle them softly as they will get some dark brown spots otherwise. Also, don’t pill one over the others as they will ripen quicker. You can store them at room temperature for a few days or keep them for 1 week in your fridge. Another solution is to freeze them. You’ll need to blanch them before in order to peel them easily after and stone them, otherwise they will taste bitter. Only wash them before using or eating them.

Once you use your apricots, remember that the flesh will oxidize and become brown if you don’t add some lemon juice. You have so many ways to eat or cook apricots:

  • Eat them fresh, their flesh is really savoury
  • Add them to a fruit salad for some color and original taste
  • You can cook it in tarts, cakes, sorbets, yogurts, and compote
  • Dehydrate it so it’s a perfect snack

If you need some inspiration to cook your apricots, check out the recipes below! As always, if you try them, don’t hesitate to comment or tag us on Instagram 🙂

4 Sweet and Salty Apricot Lover Recipes

Honey Strawberry Apricot Tart

This tart is everything and perfect for the summer days 🙂 You can serve it warm out of the oven, but leftovers are great for up to a couple of days after baking. What's more, it's loaded with vitamin A, C, potassium, and antioxidant!

Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins
Ingredients
 ½ cup almonds, toasted
 ¼ cup honey + more for drizzling
 4 tsp butter, at room temperature
 12 apricots, quartered
 1 egg
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 sheet frozen puff pasty, thawed
 115 g mascarpone cheese
 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ½ cup almonds, toasted
 ¼ cup honey + more for drizzling
 4 tsp butter, at room temperature
 12 apricots, quartered
 1 egg
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 sheet frozen puff pasty, thawed
 115 g mascarpone cheese
 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions

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This tart is everything and perfect for the summer days 🙂 You can serve it warm out of the oven, but leftovers are great for up to a couple of days after baking. What's more, it's loaded with vitamin A, C, potassium, and antioxidant!

Honey Strawberry Apricot Tart

Get the recipe here

Moroccan Chickpea & Apricot Tagine

The dried apricots in this Moroccan tagine add a subtle sweet flavour to this dish. They have also been known to help improve digestion, promote clear skin and protect vision. Perfect for a dinner to impress your friends!

Prep Time30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr
Ingredients
 120 g cherry tomatoes
 1 aubergine
 1 tsp oil
 60 g dried apricots
 200 g cauli rice
 200 g passata
 20 g flaked almonds
 240 g chickpeas
 2 garlic cloves
 Large handful of fresh coriander

Ingredients

Ingredients
 120 g cherry tomatoes
 1 aubergine
 1 tsp oil
 60 g dried apricots
 200 g cauli rice
 200 g passata
 20 g flaked almonds
 240 g chickpeas
 2 garlic cloves
 Large handful of fresh coriander

Directions

1

The dried apricots in this Moroccan tagine add a subtle sweet flavour to this dish. They have also been known to help improve digestion, promote clear skin and protect vision. Perfect for a dinner to impress your friends!

Moroccan Chickpea & Apricot Tagine

Get the recipe here

Sweet and Sticky Apricot Chicken – 3 Ingredients only!

This meal is the perfect go-to-dinner for a busy weeknight. You can add some healthy cashew cauliflower rice on the side. Perfect way to boost your immune system as apricots are full of vitamin A, C, and antioxidant!

Prep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time40 mins
Ingredients
 4 chicken breasts
 30 g apricot
 2 cups homemade Russian Dressing

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 chicken breasts
 30 g apricot
 2 cups homemade Russian Dressing

Directions

1

This meal is the perfect go-to-dinner for a busy weeknight. You can add some healthy cashew cauliflower rice on the side. Perfect way to boost your immune system as apricots are full of vitamin A, C, and antioxidant!

Sweet and Sticky Apricot Chicken – 3 Ingredients Only!

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Dried Apricot Sorbet

This sorbet recipe is perfect for a healthy and guilt-free treat on those hot summer days! Main ingredient is dried apricot, so it's full of fiber, copper, and magnesium.

Prep Time30 minsCook Time4 hrsTotal Time4 hrs 30 mins
Ingredients
 1 cup dried apricots, chopped, plus extra to serve
 ½ cup caster sugar
 2 cups boiling water

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 cup dried apricots, chopped, plus extra to serve
 ½ cup caster sugar
 2 cups boiling water

Directions

1

This sorbet recipe is perfect for a healthy and guilt-free treat on those hot summer days! Main ingredient is dried apricot, so it's full of fiber, copper, and magnesium.

Dried Apricot Sorbet

Get the recipe here