Did you know that dried apricots contain twelve times as much iron, seven times the fibre, and five times the vitamin A compared to fresh apricots?
If that little golden nugget of information didn’t make you fall off your chair then maybe this will. Dried apricots can even offer you some relief as they have a laxative effect. In general, apricots have are a good source of beta carotene, potassium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorous, and vitamin C. Some would even argue that dried apricots are just as rich in iron as liver, kidneys, and eggs. A research study suggests that the copper and cobalt are effective in treating anemia caused by iron-deficiency.
Here’s a little tip when purchasing your dried apricots:
Only buy organic brown dried apricots. Here’s why, they’re brown because they haven’t been preserved with sulphites. The bright orange apricots, on the other hand, may look more appealing, but they’re falsified fresh look is because they contain sulphites.
When serving dried apricots to your baby, I suggest you cook them first by simmering them in a covered saucepan with filtered water until they are plump and softened. Perfect for a sweet puree.
Lianne Phillipson-Webb, “Sprout Right”, Penguin Group, (2010):173.