Apricots are rich in potassium, which help to maintain a stable blood pressure and a healthy nervous system. The fibre-content of apricots is high and helps prevent constipation. Apricots contain beta-carotene; an antioxidant that can aid the decrease in risk of heart disease and improve vision. Apricots provide the benefit of aiding the treatment of anaemia, as well as the alleviation of arthritis and rheumatism.
According to an article published on associatedcontent.com (2006), dried apricots “have more nutritional benefits per weight than its fresh counterpart”. Apricots are commonly enjoyed as a snack; in jams or as a stewed fruit in a selection of dish.
Turkish Apricots are made of the Malatya varietal which is endemic to Turkey. The pips of these apricots are removed during the drying process(i.e. , instead of two halves as with Royal apricots – you end up with a whole apricot with a hole in the middle – this makes these apricots ideal to use as snacks where one can experiment with different savoury or nut fillings(i.e. , cottage cheese).