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The apricots are gently and slowly sun-dried on solar driers of our own construction, and are a 100% natural product. The apricot is a kind of national dish in Uzbekistan, and is traditionally served as a symbol of hospitality.
In making dried apricots, fresh apricots are stripped of their water content without tampering with their nutrient qualities. And do you know that 5 pounds of fresh apricots produce only one pound of dried apricots?
For this reason, dried apricots carry a much higher concentration level of nutrients than any other forms.
But the goodness doesn't stop here.
They are also rich sources of beta carotene (plant form of vitamin A) - a fat-soluble nutrient found in dark green leafy vegetables and fruits like carrots, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe. However, if you drink canned apricot juice, you'll get less than 50% beta carotene of the dried form.
You can also obtain potassium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorus, and vitamin C from apricots.
Despite their high sugar content and calories level over the fresh, they are nonetheless the preferred choice as a compact and convenient source of nutrients.
Have you ever come across the brown dried apricots apart from the more commonly seen orange ones?
Their difference in colors can tell you which one is tastier.
You might also wonder why their colors are different. Here's the reason.
Non-organic apricots are treated with sulphur dioxide before drying in order to prevent the fruits from oxidation, thus preserving their rich orange color.
This chemically-processed treatment produces sulfites and may in turn trigger asthma attack in certain people. Therefore, if you are allergic to sulfites, avoid orange dried apricots.
Look out for the brown organic dried apricots, they are the healthy ones without sulfites that also carry a yummy caramel taste.
So now you know the difference. Which would you rather buy, the unpleasant-looking brown or deceptively nice-looking orange?
Other Benefits of Apricots
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