While freshly picked apricots hit their peak season in late April and early May, dried apricots are always in season at Traina® Foods! For those that focus on a plant-forward lifestyle, dried apricots are a tasty way to get a punch of dense nutrients that can benefits their health. Traina Foods shares the health benefits of apricots and yummy ways to enjoy them!
Apricots are packed with fiber, potassium and antioxidant carotenoids. Ounce for ounce, dried apricots in particular have even higher levels of most nutrients than the fresh version! Fiber is crucial to a healthy digestive system, and also helps fight heart disease, obesity and even some kinds of cancer. Potassium is important for maintenance of healthy blood pressure and decreasing risk of hypertension. According to an article online at Harvard Health Publishing, people that eat plant phenols (found in dried apricots) “have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, several kinds of cancer, and possibly degenerative brain diseases.”
Traina® Foods offers a number of ways to fill up on dried apricots! They are available online in Fruitons packages, ideal for sprinkling on salads or yogurt parfaits, as well as sold in two-pound bags for larger baking projects. Apricots are very complementary to pork and poultry dishes as well.
• Traina® Foods Roast Chicken with Sun Dried Apricot Sauce is a perfect crowd pleaser for family dinner or a fancy dinner a deux.
• Packing a bag to hit the trail? Mix nuts, seeds and some dried apricots for a mid-trail plant-forward treat.
• Delicious in everything from scones to muffins, apricots can be served as part of a charcuterie board and even made into delicious cheeses and butters.
There is no end to the creative and delicious ways to incorporate healthy dried apricots into every meal! Traina® Foods encourages cooks to get innovative in the kitchen!