The apricot tree (Prunus armeniaca) is widely cultivated in the Northern Hemisphere. Thought to have originated In China and South East Asia, it then spread to Armenia and Europe.
The tree came to England during the reign of King Henry VIII.
The apricot tree’s fruit is delicious and full of nutrients.
It is difficult to obtain fresh apricots all year round, so it is prudent to use its dried form.
The kernels inside the stone yield a rich, nutritious oil.
We use dried apricots in our creamy Sultana of Soap for their nutritional content.
Apricots are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and many other minerals.
The dried fruits contain even more beta-carotene (10.9IU) than the fresh fruit (2.6IU) per 100 grams. They also have an even higher concentration of potassium than the fresh fruit.