January 9th is National Apricot Day!

Here are today’s ten things to know about the apricot:

Apricot seeds, located inside the put, are a great source of b17.

Apricots are a great source of vitamin A, which aids in improving eye health.

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Apricots do not contain saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol.

In Latin, apricot means ‘precious’.

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The apricot, discovered about 4,000 years ago in China, was introduced to the United States in the 18th century.

Brought to California by Spanish explorers, the apricot quickly became a popular crop.

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Today, apricot farmers in California produce more than 95 percent of the apricots grown in the United States.

Apricot trees will generally produce fruit for 20-25 years.

Apricots are a member of the rose family and are a relative of the peach.

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Refrigerating apricots will dramatically impair their ripening process. Leave them out at room temperature until they are ripe, then refrigerate them.