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Apricots

Apricots
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Availability

New Zealand apricots are available from December to February

 

Storage and Handling

Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Apricots originally came from China. Cuttings of apricot trees made their way across the Persian Empire to the Mediterranean where they flourished. The Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World.

 

Facts

  • Apricots - like peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries - belong to a group called stone fruit, because they have a tough, inedible seed (stone) in the centre
  • Apricot seeds are poisonous

 

Growing Facts

  • Apricot trees need some winter cold to produce fruit 
  • They tend to flower early and can be damaged by spring frosts 
  • The ideal place in New Zealand to grow apricots is Central Otago

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 2 apricots - 108g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 239/57 221/53
Protein (g) 0.87 0.81
Fat, total (g) 0.46 0.43
- saturated (g) 0.037 0.034
Carbohydrate (g) 9.11 8.44
- sugars (g) 9.07 8.4
Dietary Fibre (g) 2.17 2.0
Sodium (mg) 3 2.59
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 931.73 862.72
Vitamin C (mg) 7.9 7.32
Vitamin E (mg) 1.25 1.16
Niacin (mg) 0.99 0.92
Potassium (mg) 261 242
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.11 0.1
Riboflavin (mg) 0.086 0.08
Folate (µg) 9.29 8.6
Iron (mg) 0.46 0.43
Thiamin (mg) 0.032 0.03
Zinc (mg) 0.24 0.22
Selenium (µg) 0.18 0.17
Calcium (mg) 14.79 13.7

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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