They taste their best when still warm from the sun: we love apricots – and not just because of their delicious, velvety, sweet-tasting flesh. A number of other talents make apricot extract an excellent ingredient in our Sun Care range.
Waking up with the sun.
The apricot is a member of the rose family and knows how to make the most of the first rays of sunlight. Its name is derived from the Latin word “praecoces”, which means “early to mature”. The fruit tree was so named in Roman times because of the fact it is one of the first in the year to bloom.
A feast for all the senses.
Orange-yellow in colour, velvety soft and seductively fragrant. Then the first bite of the fresh fruit’s flesh – sweet, smooth and perfectly balanced with a hint of acidity. Once you have experienced apricots like this, you will want to eat them forever!
A treasure from the East.
The apricot is said to be one of the oldest cultivated fruits, supposedly discovered in northern China 4,000 years ago. The golden-coloured fruit was traded via the Silk Road, finding its way across Syria to the Roman Empire.
A vegetable among fruits.
The apricot could almost pass for a vegetable on the basis of its nutritional value: no other fruit contains such high levels of carotenoids, minerals and fibre. One to three of these velvety fruits provides 2 mg of carotenoids, which is our recommended daily intake.
Apricots are full of healthy plant power: carotenoids strengthen the immune system, protect the skin from UV radiation and prevent deposits in the arteries, vitamin B5 is good for the nerves, and folic acid increases cell turnover.