Apricots, scientifically known as Prunus Armeniaca, are small drupes that resemble and are closely related to peaches or plums. They have a soft, tangy flesh beneath a thin outer skin. In the middle of the apricot is a large pit, which is inedible, so be careful when taking that first big bite! They are typically yellow or orange, with a slight tinge of red on one side.
The impressive health benefits of apricots are due to the content of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, K, E, as well as a number of other essential vitamins. Apricots also have a good mineral content, which includes potassium, copper manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, like most fruits. The world's largest producer of dried apricots is Turkey. When apricots are dried, the relative concentration of nutrients is increased, with vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium and iron.