The botanical name of Apricot is Prunus Armeniaca L and belongs to the Rosaceae family. In older day Apricots were cultivated in 2000 BC. In India it is mainly produced in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. There are varieties of Apricots found in India.
Apricots can be consumed raw as well as dry. It is very much used in ayurvedic medicines. Drying Apricots makes it dry. The drying process is carried out without damaging the fruit and its nutritional values. Hence even after drying Apricot does not lose its nutrients.
Apricot is not just a good source of fibre, but also contains potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorous etc. It is also rich in Vitamin A,B, C and E. It is helpful for diabetic patients. It can boost your immune system if 3-4 Apricots are included in your daily routine. They are best if consumed on an empty stomach or else you include it in your breakfast. It can help in major diseases like cancer as well. It can improve the eyesight.
Ayurveda says that Apricot has the ability to cure many major diseases. It can control cholesterol and even make your skin glow. Apricot can take care of constipation as it has high content of soluble fibre. Apricot is rich in calcium and helps bone growth and prevent osteoporosis in older people.
Dried Apricot is very rich in Iron and Copper. Copper absorbs iron in our body. This increases the Haemoglobin production, which is very useful for women during menstruation. It has the ability to treat the symptoms of TB, Asthma and Bronchitis.