Apricots: let’s get to know them better!

The Plant:

The apricot tree, scientifically known as Prunus Armeniaca, belongs to the Rosaceae family, along with the cherry and peach trees. Native to Central Asia, it finds an ideal environment in Italy due to the temperate climate. This tree has bright green leaves and pink and white flowers that bloom in spring, prized for their beauty and fragrance.

The Fruit:

Apricots are easily recognized by their characteristic yellow-orange color, often tinged with pink and red. The skin is velvety and the seed resembles an almond. Different varieties of apricots ripen at different times, allowing this fruit to be enjoyed throughout the summer.

Nutritional Properties and Health Benefits:

Apricots are a health powerhouse. Rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, they are excellent for the skin due to vitamin A and vitamin C. These nutrients support collagen production, keeping the skin supple and youthful. In addition, vitamin A is crucial for eye health.

The good potassium content in apricots helps regulate blood pressure and promotes heart health. Dietary fiber supports the digestive system and helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. Tannins found in apricots have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

When to Eat Apricots:

Apricots are available in the summer months, with peak ripening between May and July. During this period, they reach maximum sweetness and nutrient concentration.

Take advantage of apricot season and add this delicious and healthy fruit to your diet!

Recipe: apricot exfoliating mask

Did you know that apricots can be used as an ingredient for excellent skin exfoliants?

Here is a recipe for a scrub that is easy to prepare even at home:

  • 2 ripe apricots
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Blend the apricot pulp until smooth. Add two teaspoons of sugar, one of honey and one of baking soda, mixing well. Apply the mask, avoiding around the eyes and mouth. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse by gently massaging to exfoliate. Blot dry and, if desired, apply a moisturizer.

In art (painting):

Paul Cézanne, Apricots on a Plate, 1877

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Apricots.