Introduce apricots to your baby from about 6 months of age. Apricots are delicious and a good source of nutrition.
Apricots are good for baby (and you):
Apricots contain nutrients that offer a real boost to immunity. They have high levels of vitamin C, lycopene and beta carotene (vitamin A.) – offering some of the best defences against heart disease and some cancers in later life.
Hints on buying and storing:
- Buy fresh apricots that are plump and orange-yellow to orange in colour – any greenish colour and they will not ripen.
- They should be fairly soft, yet still a little firm – never ‘squashy’
- Fresh apricots should be eaten as soon as possible.
- Store in a cool place, or for up to a week in a refrigerator.
- If apricots are hard, place in a paper bag to ripen over one or two days.
- To freeze fresh apricots, cut them in half and remove the stone, then place on a flat baking sheet; once frozen, store in a labelled freezer bag.
Tips on cooking:
- Baking retains sweetness and nutrients. Wash apricots, cut in half, and remove stones (pits), then bake in a shallow ovenproof dish with a little water for a short while until soft.
- Or steam apricots over boiling water (or place into a little boiling water for a few minutes) then remove and run under cold water – the skins will slip off easily.
Ways of including apricots in baby’s meals:
- Mix pureed cooked apricots with homemade baby cereals – rice, oatmeal, barley, mixed grain.
- Add to pureed cooked sweet potato, carrots, summer squash, or zucchini (courgette)
- Add to pureed cooked chicken, beef or lamb.
- Mix with other fruit purees – banana, pear, peach, avocado, blueberries.
- Use in healthy cake or teething biscuit recipes.
- Stir into plain yogurt.
Remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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