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And – in particular – why eat organic apricots? That’s what we sell most of, at Naturally Good Food. We’re well-known for the high standard of our organic apricots: dark, firm and with a deep, rich taste that matches their colour, they’re in a completely different class to the day-glo versions you might find in the supermarkets.
But why do we promote them so much? What do we think you have to gain from buying – and eating – our apricots?
Richness of taste
First of all, we find their taste simply irresistible! In a dried apricot, the sugars are more concentrated, as is their sweet taste. Left too long (which we don’t advise, but does sometimes happen), they become almost boozy in their richness. Organic apricots are dried without the use of sulphur dioxide as a preservative. This gives them a darker colour and a deep flavour. To a child, they’re as good as a sweet. In a recipe, they don’t just bring a generic sweetness, but their own mellow richness.
Our apricots are superb snacks, but they’re an amazing ingredient, too. We like them whole in an apricot cobbler or on a rice pudding; chopped in a flapjack or muffin mix (use our ready-diced apricots for this); or slowly stewed with lamb in a thick casserole. There are plenty of wonderful apricot recipes out there – here’s a good one for a Lebanese rice pudding, from Nigel Slater (you’ll also need some of our pistachios, cinnamon sticks, rosewater and orange blossom water).
Richness of nutrition
Apricots were called ‘eggs of the sun’ by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and like actual eggs, they’re bursting with nutrition!
One of the things they’re really good for is fibre – they’re almost equal to prunes in this respect (and many prefer the taste). Vital for the digestive system and the bowels, fibre is also needed to lower blood pressure and to keep blood sugar and cholesterol at healthy levels.
Apricots are also a particularly good source of potassium (they’ve got about three times as much of this as bananas). Potassium, used in protein synthesis, is what we need for growth. This mineral is also essential for the healthy functioning of our tissues, organs and other cells and, like fibre, is credited with helping to lower blood pressure.
Apricots are rich in beta-carotene, which is thought to protect against sperm damage. Male or female, we convert beta-carotene into vitamin A in our bodies, to regulate our reproductive and immune systems, protect our vision and keep our organs working properly. You’ll also find niacin (vitamin B3) in apricots, helping us access and release the energy stored in the food we eat. Finally, apricots are a good source of iron, allowing us to make red blood cells and transport oxygen efficiently around our bodies.
Richness of soil
Organic apricots are grown without the use of artificial fertilisers or pesticides, by farmers in Turkey who maintain a sustainable, environmentally friendly way of farming. In our opinion, it’s the richness of organic soil that produces the richest, best-tasting fruit, replete with nutrients. Good soils are the foundation of good eating and we want to protect them as much as we can. Eating the fruits of these soils (quite literally) is the best way we know to do so!
Our organic apricots are a little chewier than the ready-to-eat ones you’ll find in the shops. To rehydrate them to a state of plump juiciness, simply soak them for a while in water. If you really can’t wait, buy a pack of Crazy Jack’s (partially rehydrated) apricots, which are both organic and wonderfully soft.
Chewy apricots are one thing; overly dry apricots another. Occasionally, in our bulk boxes of apricots, we come across a fruit (usually a very small one) that’s too dry to be eaten or used in cooking. When we catch these, we dispose of them. If any slip through the net, please let us know. We really do only want to sell you the very best apricots!
The very best apricots…from NGF
We have a wide range of apricots and products made with apricots. Although we love our organic apricots, we understand that some of our customers are looking for a non-organic option – so we’ve got some of those, too. To see all our apricots, and all our products containing apricots, click here.
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This post was written by Yzanne