Common apricot is a large tree of the Rosaceae family, 8-15 meters high, with a trunk up to 30-40 cm in diameter with grayish-brown bark. In the axils of the leaf, the buds sit in groups. Flowers are pink or white, almost sessile. Begins to bear fruit from three to five years. The fruit is a pale yellow to orange rounded drupe. The pulp is juicy, sweet, aromatic. “The fruits of health” are sometimes called apricots.

Composition of apricot

Fruit pulp contains a large amount of sugars (mainly sucrose), organic acids (citric, tartaric, malic, salicylic), carotene, pectin, starch, as well as tannins and flavonoid substances (quercetin, isoquercitrin, lycopene, etc.). In addition, the fruit pulp contains nicotinic acid, vitamins C, B1, B2, P.

Properties of apricot

Fresh and dried apricot fruits have a laxative, weak diuretic, tonic, anti-atherosclerotic effect, improve metabolism and hematopoiesis, are a source of B vitamins, ascorbic acid, potassium, iron.

The celad, contained in apricot, protects against colon cancer. In addition, it reduces constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins.

Apricot compote

Apricot compote is a pleasant refreshing and healthy drink. Prepared from ripe, beautifully colored apricots with firm flesh.

To get a good apricot compote, use apricots of the required ripeness. From overripe soft apricots, the compote turns out to be too soft, and the filling is too cloudy, and, conversely, from unripe apricots, the compote turns out to be bitter.

Some varieties of apricots have bitter kernels in the pits, which contain bitter amygdalin, from which poisonous hydrogen cyanide can be obtained during storage. Therefore, before making a compote from whole apricots, you first need to make sure whether they have sweet kernels.

Calorie content of apricot compote

The calorie content of apricot compote is 85 kcal per 100 grams of product.

Calories, kcal:  85

Proteins, g:  0.5

Fats, g:  0.0

Carbohydrates, g:  21.0

Composition of apricot compote

Apricot compote in its chemical composition contains vitamins: A, B1, B2, B5, C, E and PP. Macro and microelements: potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, sulfur, iodine, molybdenum, phosphorus and sodium and others.

Useful properties of apricot compote

Apricot compote is indicated for gastric diseases and metabolic disorders (calorizer). It gently, but for a long time, excites the glandular apparatus of the stomach and normalizes the acidity of gastric juice, which normalizes the activity of the pancreas, and because of this, the functioning of the liver and gallbladder improves. Apricot compote is used for kidney inflammation, it removes various toxins from the body. Apricot fights against acid reflux same as the usage of avocado for acid reflux.

Harm of apricot compote

Patients with diabetes mellitus should limit the use of apricot compotes due to the high sugar content or consume compote with a sugar substitute.

Apricot compote in cooking

To prepare apricot compote:

The washed apricots are cut in half with a stainless steel knife, the seeds are removed, laid with the cut side down on glass or tin cans, quickly poured (otherwise the apricots will darken) with hot pouring (550-600 g of sugar per 1 liter of water ) and the cans are closed. Place them in a hot water sterilization tank and sterilize.

Apricot juice

Apricot juice is made from apricots, the fruit of the Rosaceae family of the plum subfamily. Apricot juice is usually made with pulp. Apricot juice is produced both with sugar and natural, without added sugar.

Calorie content of apricot juice

The calorie content of apricot juice is 38 kcal per 100 grams of product.

Calories, kcal:  38

Proteins, g:  0.9

Fats, g:  0.1

Carbohydrates, g:  9.0

Composition of apricot juice

The juice from the sweet, fragrant apricot fruit, which the ancient Greeks called the “golden eggs of the sun”, is best prepared with pulp – this is how the carotene that is so rich in these fruits is preserved. And also in apricot juice there is a lot of potassium and calcium, fiber, vitamins A, B, PP.

Useful properties of apricot juice

3/4 cup of juice daily is enough to satisfy the daily requirement for vitamin C.

Apricot juice improves memory and improves performance, strengthens and tones the body, is useful for cardiovascular diseases (calorizer). It helps to strengthen the heart muscle, the juice is useful for people suffering from arrhythmia, removes excess fluid from the body.

Contraindications for apricot juice

Due to its high sucrose content, apricot juice is not recommended for people with diabetes.

Apricot juice in cooking

Sweet apricot juice can be used to make cocktails by mixing it with more acidic fruit or berry juices. Apricot juice is added to ice cream, mousse is prepared from it.

Apricot has a mild laxative effect, apricot juice normalizes the acidity of the stomach, so it can be used for colitis and constipation.

Apricot improves the processes of hematopoiesis and heart function, promotes the elimination of cholesterol from the body, stimulates intestinal motility, and has a general strengthening effect. It is used as a mild laxative, thirst-relieving and antipyretic agent. As a diuretic, with sluggish bowel function.