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Appricot
 

Kingdom:

Plantae

Division:

Magnoliophyta

Class:

Magnoliopsida

Order:

Rosales

Family:

Rosaceae

Genus:

Prunus

Subgenus:

Prunus

Section:

Armeniaca

It is a small tree, 8-12 m tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm diameter and a dense, spreading canopy.

The leaves are ovate, 5-9 cm long and 4-8 cm wide, with a rounded base, a pointed tip and a finely serrated margin.

The flowers are 2-4.5 cm diameter, with five white to pinkish petals; they are produced singly or in pairs in early spring before the leaves.

The fruit is a drupe similar to a small peach, 1.5-2.5 cm diameter (larger in some modern cultivars), from yellow to orange, often tinged red on the side most exposed to the sun; its surface is usually pubescent.

The single seed is enclosed in a hard stony shell, often called a "stone", with a grainy, smooth texture except for three ridges running down one side.

Pakistan is amongst the top five producers of apricots around the world.

Benefits Due to their high fiber to volume ratio, dried apricots are used to relieve constipation and induce diarrhea. Apricots possess the highest levels and widest variety of carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, reduce "bad cholesterol" levels, and protect against cancer. They are much helpful in regenerating body fluids, detoxifying, and quenching thirst.

By products Jams, Jelly, Sauces, Marmalade, Juices, Split & medicated creams.