The apricot, Prunus armeniaca, Armeniaca vulgaris In Europe, apricots were long considered an aphrodisiac, and due to their high fiber to volume ratio, dried apricots are sometimes used to relieve constipation or induce diarrhea. Effects can be felt after eating as few as three. Research shows that of any food, apricots possess the highest levels and widest variety of carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that may help to prevent heart disease, reduce "bad cholesterol" levels and protect against cancer. Although initial studies suggested that antioxidant supplements might promote health, later large clinical trials did not detect any benefit and suggested instead that excess supplementation may be harmful. In traditional Chinese medicine, apricots are considered helpful in regenerating body fluids, detoxifying, and quenching thirst. Dried organic apricot, produced in Turkey are sweet and tasty. The color is dark because it has not been treated with sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide is sometimes used as a preservative for dried apricots and other dried fruits owing to its antimicrobial properties, and it is sometimes called E220 when used in this way. As a preservative, it maintains the appearance of the fruit and prevents rotting.
Dried Apricot Pie
- 18 oz dried apricots
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
- 1 pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2.) Slice dried apricots in half. Place them in a pan with the water and boil for 5 minutes.
3.) Combine orange liqueur, cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of the apricots' cooking water.
4.) Mix until smooth before stirring into the cooked apricots.
5.) Add the sugar.
6.) Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie shell and cover with the top crust. (Milk can be brushed over the top crust for color.)
7.) Bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour.
Dried Apricot in Trail Mix
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- 1/4 cup banana chips
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup raw walnut halves
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- Sea or kosher salt
1.) Combine all ingredients and mix together.
Dried Apricot, White Chocolate,
- 7 ounces dried apricots (1 1/2 cups chopped)
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 2 large eggs
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Mix flour, oatmeal and baking soda in medium bowl.
3.) Cream butter and sugars with mixer until fluffy and light.
4.) Reduce speed to low, then add salt, vanilla, eggs and beat until well combined, about 1 minute.
5.) Add flour mixture gradually, beating until just combined.
6.) Stir in apricots and chocolate.
7.) Cover, then refrigerate until cold, approximately 30 minutes.
8.) Deposit heaping tablespoons of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
9.) Bake until golden brown around edges but soft centered, 14-16 minutes.
10.) Permit to cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes.
11.) Transfer to wire rack to complete cooling.