Apricots belong to the rose family and are among a group called “stone” fruits that also include plums, peaches, and cherries. They are equal in size to plums and are packed with beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Dried apricots are a popular snack and convenient for inclusion in numerous recipes.
The term “nectar of the gods” refers to the apricot and its ties to Greek mythology. The first recorded fruit was harvested in China. Seeds made their way through Armenia and eventually to the state of Virginia in the early 1700s. The east coast was not a hospitable climate, however. Some fifty years later, groves in California began producing a large portion of the sweet fruit we see today.
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