Don't let their small size fool you. Apricots are loaded with nutritional value in addition to their sweet, satisfying taste. Ninety percent of apricots are grown in the United States with a majority of them coming from California. They have their origins in China. They eventually made their way to the Persian Empire and then onto the Mediterranean. Finally, Spanish explorers introduced them to the New World, specifically California. People in the United States have been enjoying this delectable fruit for decades. The first major crop was recorded in 1972 and was harvested south of San Francisco.
One great thing about apricots is that they contain a high amount of vitamin A. This is great news for your eyes. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in many foods. Your body needs proper amounts of this vitamin for proper vision, a healthy immune system, maintaining reproductive health and is essential for healthy skin, teeth, bone and soft tissue. There are two types of Vitamin A. Preformed Vitamin A is found in meats, poultry, fish and dairy products. The type found in apricots and other fruits is called provitamin A. This type is also found in vegetables and other plant-based foods. Beta-carotene is the most common type of provitamin A found in fruits and vegetables.
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