Saturday, 5 June 2010


English: Apricot

Common Indian Name (Hindi): Khubani

  • The Apricot fruit, a species of Prunus, is a drupe similar to a small peach. It is yellow to orange, often tinged red on the side most exposed to the sun. The surface of apricot is usually pubescent. It is single seeded fruit, which is enclosed, in a hard stony shell. The Apricot was first cultivated in India in about 3000 BC.
  • Apricots are seen as a cancer fighter, especially within regards to smoking related illnesses, such as lung cancer.
  • They are said to be a great fruit for people suffering from constipation, high blood pressure, anemia and all skin and respiratory conditions.
  • Apricots contain vast amounts of the antioxidant beta- carotene, which is a form of Vitamin A that is successful by preventing specific cancers including lung and skin. In general the brighter the fruit, the more beta-carotene is contained in it.
  • Apricots are enriched with both magnesium and calcium; these minerals are thought to help prevent the bone disease osteoporosis.
  • Apricots are reported to be useful as they create antibodies, stabilize sugar levels and improve the transportation of oxygen in the blood.
  • Apricots are also a great source of iron, especially for women who are trying to have a baby.
  • Apricots are high in soluble fiber, which helps maintain regular bowel function.

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