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National Apricot Day – January 9

National Apricot Day – January 9

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Quote of the Day: The only thing better than this is an apricot in Damascus, meaning “it doesn’t get any better than this”. Turkish expression

Today is National Apricot Day in the United States. This golden healthy fruit is enjoyed fresh, canned and dried.

History of the Apricot

The apricot has a long – long history dating back 4,000 years ago to China where the first tree was planted and nurtured into what became groves of apricot trees.

The Chinese associate the apricot with education and medicine. For instance, the classical word 杏 壇 (literally: “apricot altar”) which means “educational circle”, is still widely used in written language. The association with medicine comes from the common use of apricot kernels as a component in traditional Chinese medicine.

The apricot tree loved to travel. It made its way across Asia to the Mediterranean region. The Spanish Conquistadores introduced apricots to the Americas back in the 16th century, planting the trees in what is now the west coast of the United States.

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Apricot Trivia

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The world’s largest producer of dried apricots is Turkey.

The Turkish idiom bundan iyisi Şam’da kayısı (literally, “the only thing better than this is an apricot in Damascus”) means “it doesn’t get any better than this”. HP Commission

Apricot is the national fruit of Armenia.

In the U.S. Marine Corps, it’s considered unlucky to eat or possess apricots, especially near tanks. This superstition has been documented since at least the Vietnam War and is often cited as originating in World War II. Even naming them is considered unlucky, so they are instead called “cots”, “Forbidden fruit” or “A-fruit”.

When apricots are dried, the relative concentration of nutrients is increased, with vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium and iron having Daily Values above twenty-five percent.

Consuming excessive amounts of apricot “kernels” comes with a warning. Apricot kernels contain high amounts of the naturally-occurring vitamin B17, which contributes to the bitter taste, but changes to the toxin “cyanide” after people eat them. It’s been said that eating 10-12 kernels a day will help prevent disease and is half the lethal dose. Proceed consuming apricot kernels with caution.

The United States is not among the top global producers of apricots. However, 95% of the apricots produced in the U.S. are grown in the San Joaquin Valley, California.

Reader’s Choice Award ~ Photo Contest

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Winter Mysteries

There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the winter season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

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