Description

Orange-yellow in color, soft and downy to the touch, and enticingly scented, this fresh fruit makes for a rich jam with just a hint of acidity. Once you have experienced apricots like this you will never be able to resist them again. From the middle of June onwards, fresh apricots tempt our palates. The apricot tree can grow to a height of 10 meters. Its velvety, pinkish flowers often appear at the end of March, before new leaves have begun to grow. The one-year old shoots are green or red in color, the bark only becoming dark brown in the second year.

Uses

Apricots have a lot to offer. Through their high carotenoid content they are said to fortify and protect the skin. The vitamin B (niacin) in apricots is fortifying while folic acid is stimulating. Apricots make skin and hair smoother and stronger.

Because of its unobtrusive perfume and apricot kernel oil is often used as a base for skin care products. Its positive effect on the moisture balance of the skin makes it particularly beneficial for dry and sensitive skin, making the skin soft and firm while supporting skin renewal.

Interesting Facts

The word apricot is derived from the Latin "praecoces," meaning early ripening fruit. This was the name given by the Romans to the apricot because of its early flowering and fruiting compared with other members of the rose family. The second part of the apricot's scientific name is also of Roman origin: When Lucullus brought this fruit from Syria in the first century BC he called it malus armeniaca, Armenian apple.

The apricot is described as one of the oldest cultivated fruits and is said to have existed in northern China as long as 4000 years ago. The golden yellow fruit spread via the Silk Road to Syria and from there to the Roman Empire.

In the Hunza kingdom - the north Pakistani Hindu Kush - types of apricots are grown which are said to closely resemble the original form. The regular consumption of apricots, either fresh or dried, is thought to be one of the things responsible for the strength and remarkable health of the Hunza people.

The apricot's constituents are more typical of a vegetable than a fruit. No other fruit contains such large amounts of carotenoids, minerals and fiber. 100 g of fresh apricots - one to three fruits depending on their size - cover the daily requirement for carotenoids of 2 mg recommended by the German Society for Nutrition (DGE).

In China, apricot kernels are eaten like almonds. The stone is removed from the ripe apricot and cracked open to reveal the apricot kernel. These apricot kernels are also used to make the apricot kernel paste used as a substitute for marzipan and pressed to obtain apricot kernel oil.

The Plant at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

The apricot kernel oil used at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is obtained from the kernels of organically grown apricots by cold expression.
The conditioning oil, which is readily absorbed by the skin, is used as the base for many Dr. Hauschka skin care products: After Sun, Eye Balm, Daily Hydrating Eye Cream, Coverstick, Melissa Day Cream, Quince Day Cream, Rose Day Cream light, Revitalizing Day Cream, Clarifying Day Oil, Soothing Mask, Lip Balm, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Sheer LipstickNeem Nail & Cuticle Oil, Soothing Cleansing Milk, Revitalizing Mask, Tinted Day Cream, Foundation, Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream, Almond Soothing Body Cream.

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