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Apricots

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

2 apricots - 108g

  Average Quantity
per serving
% Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity
per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 239/57 3% 221/53
Protein (g) 0.9 2% 0.8
Fat, total (g) 0.5 1% 0.4
- saturated (g) 0.04 0% 0.03
Available carbohydrate (g) 9.1 3% 8.4
- sugars (g) 9.1 10% 8.4
Dietary Fibre (g) 2.2 7% 2.0
Sodium (mg) 3 0% 3
Niacin (mg) 1.0 10% RDI* 0.9
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 932 124% RDI* 863
Vitamin C (mg) 8 20% RDI* 7
Vitamin E (mg) 1.3 13% RDI* 1.2
Potassium (mg) 261   242

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)

Source: FOODfiles 2016