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Difference between Peach and Apricot

Peach and apricot are delicious fruits that belong to the same genus, Prunus. They are closely related and look alike from the outside so people often confuse peach with apricot. Although, they share some features they are different from each other in terms of shape, size, colour, taste etc. Let us see how they differ from each other!


Peach is a fruit of a deciduous tree native to North-West China. Its scientific name is Prunus persica. It is round-shaped, multi-coloured fruit that can be red, pink, and yellow in colour. It has a velvety skin with fuzz and a large, oval-shaped red-brown seed in the middle. The diameter of Peaches is about 7 to 10 cm. White peaches are generally sweet in taste, whereas yellow peaches taste tangy and sweet in taste.

Peaches are good for health as they are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium and also contain a significant amount of fiber, protein and sugars. Peaches can be consumed in different ways, i.e. they can be added to desserts, salads, cocktails, jams, jellies etc. The stone of a peach is venomous (poisonous) so it should not be consumed in any form.

Peaches help maintain healthy vision, skin, bones and teeth and also helps reduce obesity, cholesterol etc. Furthermore, it also has anti-aging properties and aids in digestion, detoxification etc.


Apricot is an oval-shaped fruit with a diameter of about 1.5 to 2.5 cm. Its scientific name is Prunus armeniaca. Its taste may range from sweet to tart and the skin is smooth without fuzz and the colour may vary from yellow to orange. It is slightly smaller in size and less juicy than peaches. Although it is less juicy, it is sweeter than peach.

Apricots are generally consumed raw or dried and can be used in the preparation of different types of jams, juices, jellies, and juices. The dried apricot is considered to be a traditional dried fruit and its seed is used for medicinal purposes.

Based on the above information, some of the key differences between peach and apricot are as follows:

Peach Apricot
It is a round-shaped stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh. It is a stone fruit that resembles a small peach.
Its scientific name is Prunus persica. Its scientific name is Prunus armeniaca.
It is generally larger in size than apricot. It is generally smaller in size than peach.
It has a velvety skin with fuzz. It has a smooth skin without fuzz.
Peach stone may be poisonous. Apricot seed is not poisonous. It can be used for medicinal purposes.
It is more juicy than apricot. It is less juicy than peach.
It is less sweet than apricot. It is sweeter than peach.
It is rich in Vitamin B3. It is rich in Vitamin A and B5.
It contains fewer calories than apricot. It offers more calories than peach.
It is generally not consumed in dried form. It can be consumed in dried form.
It contains less sugar than apricot. It contains more sugar than peach.
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