Calories in apricots
A half cup of fresh raw apricot slices weighing 83 grams has 40 calories according to the CDC.
There are 11 grams of carbohydrates and 9 of those are sugars.
There is only 1 gram of dietary fiber and 1 gram of protein in that serving size.
Vitamins and minerals are low, with the exception of Vitamin A (including beta-carotene) at 30% of Daily Value.
Selecting an apricot
Choose one that has the richest golden orange color.
The fruit should be slightly soft and the skin should have no wrinkles or bruises.
You should only try to store them in the refrigerator for a couple of days once they are fully ripe.
Fresh, cooked, dried apricots
These small fruit are an easy snack.
Just wash, slice open around the seam, twist and remove the pit. Then eat the halves.
You can slice them for breakfast over cereal or add to pancakes.
When used in fruit salads, they are usually peeled and diced. You can add the juice or whole fruit to smoothies.
Also when raw, they can be garnished with a spoonful of fruit flavored cream cheese or yogurt for an appetizer or dessert offering.
Top it off with a pistachio or other nut.
For a dinner side dish, they can be broiled, grilled, or poached for about 6 minutes in different sauces or spices. Serve with chicken, seafood, or other vegetables.
They also dry well in halves or in pieces for trail mix.
A gift from China
This fruit (Prunus armeniaca) was cultivated in ancient China up to 5000 years ago. From there it was carried to the Middle East, Europe, and the rest of the world.
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