It seems that the apricot tree originated in north-western China, near the border with Russia. From there, it was exported to Armenia and, later, to Greece.

Benefits:

  • Dried apricot is rich in fibre, making it a very effective remedy for constipation.
  • - It is also rich in potassium.
  • The apricot kernel contains vitamin B17, a component used to manufacture medicines in some countries.
  • It contains carotene.
  • It is a good source of iron.

Uses:

- Food:

  • In their natural state, apricots are mainly eaten as a dessert.
  • They are also used for making compotes, jams and juices.
  • Dried apricot is widely eaten as a snack, in salads and in pastries.

- Beauty:

  • Apricot oil is used to manufacture cosmetic products for both hair (shampoo and conditioning treatments) and skin (as a moisturiser).
  • The oil from the kernel once had traditional uses.