Both the almond and the apricot belong to the prunus family, also known as the “stone fruits” Almonds are very closely related to apricots and peaches, but are in a different genera. The almond tree bears fruit, which is called a drupe, and inside contains the almond that we eat everyday. Almonds and apricots have a short dormancy period and are among the earliest trees to bloom in the spring.
Some Benefits of Almonds
Regular consumption of almonds helps to increase the level of (HDL) or high density lipoproteins and they reduce the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL). This balance is vital to a healthy cholesterol level, and a reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) is always a positive thing.
Bone Health- Almonds are a great source of many vitamins and minerals, and phosphorous is definitely counted among them! Phosphorous can have a considerable impact on the strength and durability of bones and teeth, while also preventing the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis.
And don’t forget – Almonds are good for the heart too.
Some Benefits of Dried Apricots
Apricots contain nutrients such as vitamin A that promotes good vision. In addition,vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, quenches free radical damage to cells and tissues. Free radical damage can injure the eyes’ lenses.
Apricots are a good source of fiber, and fiber has a wealth of benefits including preventing constipation and digestive conditions such as diverticulosis
Dried apricots contain high amounts of potassium and iron
The sweet, soft texture of dried apricots and crunchy nutty almonds make a delicious pair on a platter too!