Apricots grow on trees that can reach 7 metres in height. They look like opened umbrellas when fully mature, with a canopy of dark green leaves which glisten in the sun. As the apricot trees age, their bark grows dark and often becoming twisted and gnarled but this doesn’t stop them producing tender, young apricot fruit.
Apricots grow to about the size of a ping pong ball, but can come in different shapes from plump or round to oval. Their skin ranges in colour from pale yellow to orange. Some often flush with pink or red.
Apricots are high in carotenes, some of which your body can turn into vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial in boosting the immune system, and supports vision. The deeper the colour of the apricot, the richer it is in beta carotene. Apricots also contain dietary fibre and vitamin C. Apricots are high energy foods, they contain sucrose, fructose and glucose.
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