It’s Apricot Season!

Apricot season is in full swing up here in the Chilcotins! The trees are fully loaded so I have been busy picking, canning and drying!

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Health Benefits of Apricots:

Rich in antioxidants, including polyphenolic antioxidants like flavonoids

Rich in the carotenoids and xanthophylls, nutrients that researchers believe may help protect eyesight from aging-related damage

Anti-inflammatory, protect blood vessels from inflammation-related damage, leading to better blood pressure control.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the vitamins found in apricots. This vitamin is an antioxidant and can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, possibly reducing the risk of cancer and other diseases. This vitamin can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, age-related macular degeneration and the common cold. Since the vitamin is sensitive to light, air and heat, eating dried apricots still provides you with vitamin C, but eating fresh apricots will provide you with more.

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For more info:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/408892-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-apricots/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=3

 

Recipes:

http://wordpress.woodnymphdesigns.com/index.php/healthy-recipes/preserving-apricots/

 

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Dog’s can eat apricots but not the pits!

 

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