The apricot tree, originating in Central Asia, is a fruit tree of the Rosaceae family that usually reaches 7 meters in height.
Its flowers are large and shades ranging from pink to white.
Its fruit is the apricot, a rounded drupe, velvety skin and tan color that receives name apricot.
Nutritive and healing properties
Apricot is rich in carotene, which is the vegetable form of vitamin A which, according to studies, helps prevent various types of cancers like the stomach, lung, gall, esophagus and throat.
The apricot also has pectin and cellulose which facilitates the movement of the intestines; Thus combating constipation.
Apricots, whether fresh or dry, have little or no fat, sodium, and cholesterol, which is a plus for the heart . If they are dry, the apricots have an additional benefit: much potassium. In this sense, ten dry apricots provide either potassium as a medium orange or a banana (banana).
Equal amounts of dried apricots provide iron and some copper, highly recommended for men and women of middle age.
However, it is convenient to note that dried apricots have more calories than raw or canned water.
Applied externally, it helps prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles and allows the skin to look smooth and smooth.
The oil that is obtained from the apricot seed is very used to cure different skin ailments such as rashes, mange, etc.
Popular remedies with apricot
Remedy with apricot for external hemorrhoids Crush the seeds of 3 fresh apricots and the oil obtained is applied, using a cotton cane, on the external hemorrhoids
Remedy with apricot to strengthen the heart Wash and cut 3 apricots. Place the pulp in a blender along with half a cup of milk and beat for a few moments. Then add half a cup of fat- free yogurt and blend lightly. Take a glass of this juice daily in the morning.
Remedy for constipation with apricot Wash and cut 3 apricots. Remove the seed and place the pulp in a bowl of water. Leave to rest for an entire day. At night before bed, consume the fruit.
Remedy against wrinkles with apricot Wash and cut 3 large apricots. Place in a blender along with 1 cup water and 2 halves of an avocado peeled and cut without the seed. Blend thoroughly until smooth and consistent. Add a pinch of pure olive oil and mix again for 2 minutes.
Apply a thin, even layer of this mask, using a wooden spatula, over the face and neck. Leave on for 45 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then clean all areas covered with the apricot mask with a cream composed of thick milk and a teaspoon of lemon juice. This remedy can be applied three times a week preferably before bedtime.
Remedy with apricot for anemia: Place a pear and an apricot into pieces in a blender along with a glass of milk. Blend for a few moments and drink a glass of this juice every day for 10 days.
Remedy with apricot for dark circles: Put 50 grams of lanolin in a bowl to bathe and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Once the lanolin is melted, add 25 grams of wheat germ oil. Place the liquid in a tightly sealed jar and add 30 drops of the apricot essence.Mix and apply with circular motions over the area where dark circles are formed.
Remedy with apricot to improve memory: Eat three prunes, three dried apricots, and three almonds every day.
Remedy with apricot to delay hair growth: Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1/2 cup of dried ground apricots until a paste is obtained. Apply on the area with unwanted hair and leave for 5-10 minutes. Then rub with gentle movements against hair growth. Store for 20 minutes and wash with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a week in order to delay the growth of both facial and body hair.
Healthy recipe with apricot # 1: Apricot jam
-4 kg of apricots
-1,800 g of sugar
Wash the apricots and boning them. Cut in half the apricots and place in a casserole, add the lemon juice and a piece of grated yellow rind. Bring to boiling gently and cook stirring and foaming for two minutes.
Add the sugar, bring back to boiling and cook, stirring, until the jam has reached the proper density.
Turn off the heat and pour the jam still warm in the glass sealed jars. Keep the jars in a cool, dark place.
Healthy recipe with apricot # 2: Potato with apricot
-1 baked potato
-4 halves of dried and chopped
-apricots 2 tablespoons maple syrup
-½ teaspoon lemon juice
-2 tablespoons applesauce
Cut 1/3 of the top of the cooked potato and extract the dough with a spoon.
Mix the rest of the ingredients into a compact paste. Place inside the sweet potato you have reserved. Serve hot.
Acquire the apricot, soft to the touch, orange and with a pink tint which indicates its sweetness . But yield a little when pressed gently. Avoid green or yellow, as this may indicate that they are not ripe, while those that are very soft may be passed.
Avoid buying the apricot collected ahead of time as it will be difficult to fully ripen or reach the fullness of flavor and equally those that are wrinkled.
Read the label, when they are bought in a can, to check that they are in their juice and not in syrup.
Store the apricots, as if they were fresh peaches, at room temperature or in the refrigerator in perforated plastic bags. Dryings can be stored in tightly closed glass jars.