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Apricot Fruit Facts and Information
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Apricots Apricots are an important fruit crop believed to have originated in China and to have been brought to Italy about 100BC, reaching England in the 13th century and America in 1720. The fruit is smaller than a peach, colored orange-yellow when ripe, and with a drier flesh. Its food value ranks higher than most common fruits.

More than 20 kinds are distinguished. Some favorites are Moorpark, of English origin, with a large, round, orange-red freestone, ripening in the middle of the season; Newcastle, of California origin, with a medium-size, round, orange-yellow freestone; and Royal, of French origin, with a large, oblate, yellow-red freestone, ready early in the season.

The fruit, somewhat smaller than a peach, is known for its delicate flavor. It is marketed fresh, as well as dried and packed. Large quantities are canned or pulped for jam making. California is the leading producers in the United States. It is also a significant crop in British Columbia (Canada), Australia, Italy, the south of France, and Israel.

How to Store:
To ripen apricots, place them in a closed paper bag at room temperature. Store ripe apricots in the crisper bin of the refrigerator for one to two days.

Nutritional Facts:
· Low fat
· Saturated fat-free
· Sodium-free
· Cholesterol-free
· High in vitamin A
· High in vitamin C
· A good source of potassium
Detailed nutritional informatin can be found by searching the USDA Nutritional Database . Enter "Apricot" (no quotes) as the keyword and select the link and report of interest.

Scientific classification:
The apricot belongs to the family Rosaceae. It is classified as Prunus armeniaca.