General introduction

Apricots were first cultivated almost 4,000 years ago in China. From there, they followed the Silk Road, spreading to Central Asia and the Middle East, and later to the Mediterranean area, and beyond. Turkey and Iran are currently the largest apricot growers worldwide.

They are high in vitamin A, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids (those pigments that give color to tomatoes, carrots, green leaves, fruits, and even flowers), as well as numerous antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acids, catechins, and quercetin (all three are flavonoids effective in neutralizing the effects of free radicals).

Apricots are considered the ally of healthy vision, due to lutein, and the seeds contain amygdalin – a vitamin that has proven antitumor, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and immunomodulatory effects.


Nutritional values per 100g / RfD Percent

(Reference Dose)*









Dietary fiber


Vitamin C


Vitamin E (mcg/6%):






Vitamin A




Scor ORAC**/100 g : 1110


Top benefits:

The most important benefit of apricots is related to eye health: apricots contain lutein, which helps maintain the health of the retina and lens. Vitamin A not only supports night vision, but also boosts immunity, due to its anti-inflammatory role. Additionally, the carotenoids, vitamin E, and all the other nutrients in apricots help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Apricots are also useful in skin care, whether we are talking about their consumption or using them in the beauty ritual. Vitamins C and E, as well as beta-carotene, help protect skin cells from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, reduce signs of premature aging, and improve skin elasticity. Last but not least, the high-water content supports hydration and prevents the skin from drying out.

Apricot kernels can be used for nutritional or cosmetic purposes: the kernel is a rich source of proteins, vitamins, and carbohydrates. It can be consumed as such, or in derived products such as the oil extracted from the kernels or apricot kernel powder/flour. In the cosmetics industry, the inedible woody part is used to prepare products intended for mechanical exfoliation (scrubs).


Did you know that...

apricot kernel can support the health of the digestive and reproductive systems, as well as reduce blood sugar and prevent neurodegeneration.

Essential information quote:

Apricot kernel skin contains vitamin B 17, known as “amygdalin”; it cannot be ingested in isolation due to its toxicity, but can be safely assimilated by consuming the contents of a few kernels.

Our and and tricks

Recognize apricots perfect for consumption by their intense color and slightly soft texture.

Apricots can be kept for 4-5 days in the refrigerator at temperatures of 2-4 degrees Celsius.

Keep apricot pits in the pantry in a paper bag to crack after drying.

Put a sliced apricot in yogurt with granola for a healthy and tasty breakfast.

*NUTRITION DATA SOURCE: https://www.nutritionvalue.org

**Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity according to USDA = This index measures the antioxidant capacity of the fruit. High values imply a strong antioxidant capacity, which, in turn suggests a low oxidation process, essential in protecting the body against the negative effects of free radicals. The FDA recommends a daily intake of 3,000-5,000 ORAC units for optimal health.