Apricots are those beautifully orange coloured fruits full of beta-carotene and fibre that are one of the first signs of summer. Relatives to peaches, apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh, not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. Many describe their flavour as almost musky, with a faint tartness that lies somewhere between a peach and a plum.
Apricots are an excellent source of vitamin A, a very good source of vitamin C, and a good source of dietary fibre and potassium. They contain phytochemicals called carotenoids, compounds that give red, orange and yellow colours to fruits and vegetables. The powerful antioxidant Lycopene is one of the carotenoids found in apricots.