Apricots and Apricot pudding

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Another raw sweetener that I like are dried Turkish Apricots. They have such an intense apricot taste. As with other dried fruits I prefer them combined with nuts or added to smoothies to tone down their sweetness yet still taste that beautiful apricot flavor. In the Raw Food Lifestyle they are used for raw desserts, in smoothies or as a snack.

Hunza people who inhabit the high mountains of North Pakistan are the longest-living and healthiest people in the world. When medical doctors studied Hunzas in the 1950’s and 1960’s, 100% of its population had perfect vision, while modern disease conditions were unknown. Hunza people do not consume animal fats. Their diet is rich all year round in fresh or dried fruit and nuts, especially apricots and apricot kernels and their primary source of oil is apricot seeds. Apricot is such an important part of Hunza life, that actually in their valley the wealth of a person is measaured by the number of apricot trees owned.

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Apricots are a rich source of betacarotene – a powerful natural antioxidant. It prevents plaque deposits in our arteries and is beneficial to eyes, skin, hair and gums. Apricots are also rich in lycopene,  copper, cobalt, iron, potassium, calcium and boron. Apricots due to the potassium content are a good alternative to diuretics.  Boron helps post menopausal women retain their estrogen levels and so prevent osteoporosis.  Apricots are NASA’s number one choice as astronaut’s provision.

Apricot kernels contain an average of 21 % protein and 52 % vegetable oils. They are a source of vitamin B 17 and utilized in altenative medicine for cancer therapy.

Turkey is the leading dried apricot producer. Iran is the second biggest producer. In Hyderabad, India, a cooked apricot pudding called Qubani ka Meetha is served at weddings and festivals. In Egypt there is a similar version made with dried apricot sheets called Amr el deen. The apricot sheets can be bought ready made in Middle Eastern countries.

Organic dried turkish apricots are darker in color because they have not been treated with sulfur dioxide. Dried apricots have a low glycemic index of 32.

Here is an easy Apricot Pudding recipe.

 Soak 1 cup of dried apricots overnight. Blend. Serve sprinkled with nuts like walnuts or pistachios or even better a cashew or macadamia cream.

Variation

Some orange juice or rose water can be added while blending.

Add one or more of the following spices to the apricots: vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Yummy! 🙂

Fatma

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7 Comments »

  1. Sounds delicious!!!!! I’m heading to the store and I’m going to pick some up!

    Cheers!
    Kristen Suzanne
    http://www.KristensRaw.blogspot.com

  2. loverawfood said

    Hi Kristen

    The Apricot pudding is so very good. Enjoy. I love the abundance of incredible food we have on this planet.

    Love
    Fatma

    Hi Lifeagift

    Thank you for your kind words.
    I will certainly keep this up. It is a labor of love.

    Fatma

  3. Neelo said

    Wow, I am leaving work right now and of course going to a grocery store to pick up some dried apricot. Can’t wait to make the smoothie. Thank you Fatma and you are the best 🙂

  4. Shemin said

    Fatma, I have got to try this apricot pudding. Yummy, yummy, I have got love in my tummy and I feel like eating it now!!! 🙂

  5. loverawfood said

    Hi Shemin

    LOL. It is easy to make so you can have it almost now.

    Neelo, thank you. I am happy if I have inspired you even a tiny bit.

    Love
    Fatma

  6. tumel said

    Hello,:) thank you so much for what you write about here. It is all so informative.

    I did not realize this about apricots either, it makes me wish to eat more of them.

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