Our Apricot kernel oil qualities
We carry Apricot kernel oil in the following qualities for you
|Apricot kernel oil cold pressed|
|Apricot kernel oil refined|
|Organic apricot kernel oil cold pressed|
|Organic apricot kernel oil refined|
Apricot tree & apricot fruit
Apricot kernel oil is also often called apricot oil for simplicity's sake. The oil is not extracted from the fruit, but from the kernel. The seeds of the apricot (Prunus armeniaca) are called apricot kernels. The apricot belongs to the subgenus Prunus in the rose family.
The apricot tree usually reaches a height of up to 6 meters. The stalked leaves of the apricot are 5 to 10 cm long and 3 to 7 cm wide. The stone fruit of the apricot has a diameter of 4 to 8 cm and is usually spherical and finely haired. The flesh can be easily separated from the apricot stone, which can be up to 3 cm long. Apricot oil is very similar to almond oil in terms of aroma and content, which is why both oils can also be used for similar purposes.
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Cultivation & yield
Today the apricot tree grows primarily in the Mediterranean region, Hungary, South Africa, Australia and the USA (California and Utah).
The main cultivation areas are currently Turkey, followed by Uzbekistan, Italy and Algeria.
Background / History
During an excavation in Armenia apricot kernels from the Copper Age were discovered. Therefore, Armenia is assumed to be the original homeland. Other sources say that the apricot was first cultivated in India or China around 3,000 BC. The apricot was considered an aphrodisiac in Europe for a long time. In China, the apricot is a symbol of both female beauty and the desire to have children.
General durability: IBC & canister 6 months, drum 18 months
Nutritional values & composition
|Nutritional value||(per 100 g)|
|Energy||3700 kJ / 900 kcal|
|Saturated fatty acids||7 g|
|Monounsaturated fatty acids||67 g|
|Polyunsaturated fatty acids||26 g|
Fatty acid ratio
|C16:0 Palmitic acid||3 – 10 %|
|C18:1 Oleic acid||54 – 70 %|
|C18:2 Linoleic acid||20 – 35 %|