Apricots are a delicious fruit that not only has many uses in the kitchen but also has great benefits for the skin. The fruit is thought to have originally been domesticated in China over 3000 years ago, but there is also archaeological evidence that suggests that people ate them in ancient Armenia up to 6000 years ago. Since ancient times, apricots have been cultivated in Persia and the dried ones played a vital role on the Persian trade routes; today the apricot is still an important fruit in modern-day Iran. In a 2019 genetic study of the apricot, it was actually found that the fruit was independently domesticated three times, twice in Central Asia and once in China. Today, the apricot is cultivated on every continent except Antarctica.
The apricot was introduced to the New World in the early 18th century by Spanish explorers. It was first brought to California and was introduced to Northern New Mexico by Spanish missionaries moving north from Mexico. In the US today, most commercial production of apricots is in California, Washington and Utah, but there are also thriving apricot trees here in Northern New Mexico.
Apricot flesh is typically firm and its taste can range from sweet to tart, and it has played an important role in cultures throughout history. Egyptians have used dry apricots with a sweetener to make a drink delicacy called Qamar Al-Din. In 17th century England, apricot oil was used in herbal medicine to treat tumors, swelling, and ulcers. And Chinese associate apricots with education and medicine, and believe that Confucious taught his students outside in a wood surrounded by apricot trees.
Eating fresh and dried apricots have many health benefits because they are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin A. Products containing apricots can also greatly improve your skin. Apricots can make your skin touchably soft, support its natural moisture balance, and heal damaged skin. There are also anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat skin disorders, such as dermatitis and eczema, and can improve your overall skin tone because they aid in exfoliating damaged skin cells. Since apricots are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, they are also a great option for sensitive skin.
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