Apricots have found their way around the world from conquest and discovery to land in the hands of many consumers today. Indigo Herbs offers an organic un-sulphured dried apricot which is totally free from any preservatives. Sulphured apricots are usually more acidic, a brighter orange colour and are the Apricots commonly found in the marketplace. Additionally we stock a delicious and nutritious Raw Apricot Kernel Butter and Apricot Kernel Oil (Cold Pressed), harnessing every aspect of this versatile fruit.
The native land of the Apricot is in much dispute even though the general consensus is that this fruit came from Armenia as the Latin name suggests. At an archaeological site in Armenia apricot seeds were found and dated to be from a time just before the Bronze Age. Some have speculated that this fruit could have originally come from China or India in around 3,000 BC. It was thought that Alexander the Great introduced Apricots to Greece and the Roman General Lucullus imported the trees from Armenia into Italy. There is evidence that this fruit was all over the Middle East in ancient Persia and Iran also. Later, Europeans spread the fruit even further into the new worlds where it settled and become a staple fruit crop.
The Apricot is a small tree that can grow to height of about 11 meters. It has white/pink flowers and blooms in spring before new leaves set. The leaves are oval and have pointed tips with a slightly serrated margin. In late summer the fruits (or drupe) ripen and can be either yellow or orange, smooth or with a furry exterior. The interior of the fruit is usually hard and moist without much juice with a grainy texture.