National Apricot Day
Facts on Apricots
- Apricots ripen earlier than most summer fruits, making them a precious commodity every spring.
- Apricots are native to China; the Persians put them on the map. Turkey is well known for its apricot crop, as is nearby Iran.
- The word apricot means “precious” in Latin.
- The stone fruit got this name because it is one of the first fruit to be harvested each summer.
- Apricots have a short growing season so they are often dried.
- Fresh apricots are high in vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Just one ounce of apricots contains 20% of your daily dose of beta-carotene, which is good for your eyes and skin.