The first apricots (the Aurora) ripen around mid-May, the last ones (the Tonde di Castigliole) in the first ten days of August. "Throughout the summer we find about twenty different varieties on the market", explains Coldiretti, the main organization of agricultural entrepreneurs. Not to mention those arriving from abroad, in particular from Spain.
"When buying, check that the fruits are intact, nor too hard nor excessively soft, which do not have strange wrinkles or spots and which preferably have a deep yellow-orange color, a sign of greater rich in iron and beta-carotene»Suggests the food technologist Giorgio Donegani.
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How to consume apricots
"For keep at its best apricots, then, don't keep them too crowded: they could rot. If they are still a little unripe, leave them at room temperature; if, on the other hand, they have already reached maturity, put them in the refrigerator, in the fruit drawer, until it is time to eat them ».
"Apricots are rich in potassium, magnesium, bromine which, acting in harmony, help relax the muscles, calm anxiety and maintain a good mood", explains the doctor. Anna D'Eugenio, nutritionist in Rome.
"By a anti-nervous meal I suggest a fresh cheese (like crescenza or ricotta) with a slice of wholemeal bread: these foods are rich in tryptophan, which promotes the release of serotonin, the feel-good hormone. Then combine them with a lettuce salad (source of sleep-stimulating lettuce) and, of course, with 3 fresh apricots. tiredness DOWN
Apricots also contain good amounts of beta-carotene, vitamins C and group B, in addition to sugars, trace elements and iron, which revitalize the body and improve the immune system », adds our expert.
“If you are feeling particularly down, you need to recover from an illness or suffer from a slight anemia, preferably focus on apricots shallows: eat 4 or 5 throughout the day. But be careful: do not consume them all together, they are a very effective laxative! "
Nutritional values of apricots
100g of fresh apricots provides 86,3g of water, 6,8g of sugar, 2,9g of fiber and 28 calories