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.
In Latin, apricot means ‘precious’.
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.
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.
Refrigerating apricots will dramatically impair their ripening process. Leave them out at room temperature until they are ripe, then refrigerate them.