Fresh apricots are a tasty, nutritious fruit best enjoyed during the summer season, although tree ripened apricots may be challenging to find. They have a sweet finish and a beneficial cooling effect on the body. Some consider apricots to promote longevity. The Hunzas (Himalaya Mountain region), are known to live extraordinarily long lives and include apricots in their diet. Apricots, otherwise known as prunus armeniaca, can have a laxative effect, may have anti-tumor properties and assist in reducing coughs and fever. The phytonutrients in apricots include high levels of beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), lycopene, and quercetin. More benefits include B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper and zinc. Add in iron and cobalt as well and anemia may be remedied. Consume sour, unripe apricots during winter, and snack on dried apricots in the spring.

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