Apricots for Baby Food – Learn About Feeding Your Baby Apricots and the Age to Introduce Apricots
Introduce Apricots to Baby between 6-8 Months Old
The Goodness of Apricots
Apricots are high in Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C and Lycopene. Just 3 apricots contain approximately 30 % of the USRDA for Vitamin A. This combination of nutrients is one of the best defenses against heart disease and some cancers.
Apricots for Baby Food – When can baby eat apricots?
Apricots are another great source of nutrition for baby. As with several other fruits, you may typically introduce them anywhere from 6 months old and older.
If you will be using Dried Apricots, try to find those that do not contain sulphurs such as sulphur dioxide. Some people are allergic to sulphurs and sulphurs tend to be high in sodium.
Nutrients in 1 cup of Apricots
|VITAMINSVitamin A – 674 IU
Vitamin C – 3.5 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – .04 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .01 mg
Niacin – .21 mg
Folate – 3 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
|MINERALS:Potassium – 91 mg
Phosphorus – 8 mg
Magnesium – 4 mg
Calcium – 5 mg
Sodium – 0 mg
Iron – .14 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.
Your baby will love apricots served fresh and homemade. View some apricot baby food recipes and learn about the nutrients in apricots too.
How to select and store Apricots for baby food
Hooray! According to the EWG, apricots are not one of the “dirty dozen” foods that are most highly contaminated with pesticides – purchasing organic apricots is a personal choice.
Look for plump, fairly firm apricots with an orange-yellow to orange color. Fully ripe apricots are soft to the touch but not squishy. Apricots tend to be juicy and should be eaten as soon as possible.
Keep apricots cool to prevent over ripening. Store ripe apricots in the refrigerator where they may keep for up to a week. You may place hard apricots in a paper bag and let ripen for a day or two but keep in mind that apricots have are a greenish color will not ripen. To freeze fresh apricots, simply half the fruit and place on baking sheet until frozen. Then pack in a plastic freezer bag.
The best way to cook Apricots for baby food
You may bake apricots by halving, pitting and then placing in a shallow baking dish with water. This method brings out their natural sweetness and also helps retain nutrients.
You may also steam or boil apricots using a blanching method – add apricots to boiling water for a few minutes then take them out, run cool water over them and slip the skins off; you will still need to pit them.
Tasty Apricot Baby Food Recipes
Apricot Baby Food Recipes – Apricot Puree (using dried apricots) for babies 6 – 8 months
- 1 pound dried apricots
- 2 c. white grape juice or apple juice
(plain water is ok but the puree may be a bit bitter-consider using ½ water or ½ juice is you disagree with the juices or if baby cannot have juice)
Step 1: Bring juice (or water or the combo) and fruit to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Reserve any left over liquid to use for the puree
Step 2: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
Step 3: Add the reserved liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree or
Step 4: Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up
NOTE: puree will not freeze solid, but into slightly soft/slightly frozen cubes.
Apricot Puree for babies 6 – 8 months
Using Fresh apricots (fresh apricots for baby food is best.)
Baking Halve the fruit and remove pit, place “open” side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water, bake at 400F until soft and tender or puckering of the skin appears.
Steaming Halve the fruit, remove pit and steam in an open pan of water until soft and tender – remove skins
Blanching Drop whole, cleansed fruits into a pan of boiling water for 5-10 minutes, until fruits are soft
Place fruits into a bowl of cold water and slip off the skins then cut and pit the fruit
To puree, follow Steps 4 through 7 above
Apricots & Naners for babies 6 – 8 months
Add pureed apricots to baby’s mashed bananas – you can then add this mix to baby’s cereal if you wish. Try this with meats or yogurt too.(when age appropriate for your baby)
Apricot Cereal for babies 6 – 8 months
Add pureed apricots to baby’s homemade rice, oatmeal or barley cereal
Chicken and Rice with Apricots for babies 8-10 months
- 1/2 cup (Brown/or Jasmine) Rice
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup apricots – sliced into small dices or slivers
- 1 boneless chicken breast
Step 1: Combine all of the above ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until rice is soft, fragrant and a bit soupy.
Step 2: Take out the chicken breast and cut into small pieces, transfer back to saucepan.
Step 3: Add more water if needed and stir frequently to stop sticking to the pot and add more milk or water if necessary. Cook an additional 15 minutes
Step 4: Once the mixture is fully cooked, allow to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a blender or food processor. Puree or chop as needed for your baby’s age and texture requirements.
This makes a great finger food meal for older babies and toddlers alike.
Apricot Purée – Substitute for Oil in Cooking
Apricot purée is on the rise as the new substitute for oil or
water in many high-calorie, high-fat recipes. Simply purée canned apricots in a blender or food processor until smooth. Unlike prunes (which can darken some baked goods) or applesauce (which may cause recipes to be watered down), apricot purée reduces the fat content and adds a touch of added flavor. From http://www.apricotproducers.com
Foods Good to Mix With Apricots:
- Rice, Oatmeal, Barley and Mixed Grain Homemade Baby Cereals
- Sweet Potatoes
- Summer Squash – Zucchini, Yellow (Crooked Neck)
Do Apricots need to be cooked or peeled for baby food?
Many doctors suggest cooking fruits for babies under 8 months old. Apricots have skins that are relatively easy to digest and cooking and/or peeling them may not be necessary at all. If your baby has shown any signs of having tummy troubles with foods and is under 8 months of age, you may want to consider cooking and/or peeling apricots.
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Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.