National Apricot Day
Saturday, January 09, 2016
Since National Apricot Day is celebrated every year on January 9th in the United States, this fruit (apricot) is given a lot of importance and honored. As many people would know that apricot is rich in many qualities like (vitamin A) beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, iron and other nutrients.
The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago and eventually made its way across Asia to the Mediterranean. Centuries later, Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World and planted the trees all over the west coast. Today, farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley produce 95% of the apricots grown in the United States.
Benefits of Apricot - Since apricot contains beta-carotene, therefore when eaten it gets transformed into vitamin A. Apricot is very beneficial for the skin, hair, glands and gums. It also protects the eyes and helps strengthen bones and teeth. Vitamin A is very good as it helps to strengthen the immunity in the body. According to many researchers, apricot is the best source of beta-carotene which has a healing power. Apricot is also rich in anti-oxidants, therefore when this is combined with lycopene and vitamin C it protects the body against stroke, cancer and heart disease. Three apricots contain about 30% beta-carotene.
One can also have canned apricots as they are sweet and rich in vitamins. They also have an additional flavor to a good diet. Apricots are available throughout the season as they are stored; therefore many people make delicious dishes out of it. The National Apricot Day is therefore celebrated by making different dishes and making people aware of the importance of this fruit.