Delicious fruit, apricots are always popular in all regions where they grow. Sweet and juicy, they taste like no other gifts of nature, but they can be eaten fresh with the same pleasure, as well as used to make compotes, pies and other culinary delights. The only pity is that it is impossible to get them in winter, so you should not miss the chance to eat them in summer.
Interesting facts about apricots
- Botanically, they are related to plums.
- Apricots are not too rich in nutrients, but they are low in calories, which makes them a dietary product.
- When dried, they practically do not lose useful substances.
- Apricot pit may well serve as a substitute for bitter almonds. It is even used as a raw material for the production of marzipan.
- A dried apricot without a stone is called “dried apricots”, with a stone – “apricot”, and with a kernel of a stone that was pulled out, opened, the kernel was taken out and placed back inside the fruit – “ashtak-pashtak”.
- Most of the world’s apricots are grown in Turkey (interesting facts about Turkey).
- It is still unknown where apricots first appeared on Earth.
- There are many apricot hybrids with plums in the world, and breeders regularly develop new varieties.
- The hybrid of cherry plum and apricot is called «black apricot».
- The warmer and sunnier climate these fruits grow, the more they are sweet and juicy.
- 100 grams of dried apricots contain 10-12 times more calories than 100 grams of fresh apricots.
- For the first time this fruit came to Europe when it was brought from East from his campaigns Alexander the Great.
- In some European countries it is called «Armenian apple».
- The first reliable mention of apricot as an edible fruit, about 6000 years.
- Alas, if you have diabetes, you can’t eat these fruits.