Only cantaloupes can rival apricots for their amount of beta carotene.
It is believed that the apricot tree originated in China, where this musky, tart fruit has been enjoyed for thousands of years, according to historical documents. The very first tree found in North America immigrated to the state of Virginia in 1720 and moved westward to California, as do many other immigrants. Today, this sunny state is the number-one producer of apricots in North America.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Apricot Juice
Protects Against Lung Cancer
Protects From Eye Diseases
Protects From Macular Degeneration
Apricot Juice Nutrition
An excellent source of vitamins A and C, just one cup of apricots, at a modest 74 calories, provides 60% of your daily need of vitamin A. Apricots are a good source of potassium and magnesium, which help provide stamina, making them a great pre-workout drink or snack. They are also a good source of iron and fiber when eaten.
Apricot Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
Apricot Juice is a good source of:
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Apricot Juice
Only cantaloupes can rival apricots for their amount of beta carotene. They are also a good source of the carotenes, especially the powerhouse antioxidants, lycopene and lutein.
Preparing for Juicing
Always remove pit before juicing. Juice first, allowing water-rich fruits such as apple to wash away the thick residues and taste that remain in the juicer.
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Apricot Juice Tips
Apricot has a distinct flavor that I really love, but the fruit does not produce very much juice. The best way to fill a tall glass of juice without compromising that great taste is by adding apples. Apple juice will not overpower that characteristic musky flavor of the apricot. Put it on ice and impress your friends with this unique drink.
Picking Perfect Produce
June to August is the best time to find apricots in your local supermarkets. Apricots should be fairly firm, but not too hard. Color should be orange with a brush of pink, revealing the sweet flesh below.
Storing Your Produce
Depending on ripeness, they will store for two to three days at room temperature and slightly longer in the refrigerator.
Somewhere between a peach and a plum, apricots team up nicely with orange and apple.