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History of the Apricot
Apricots originally hailed from China. Cuttings of this golden fruit made their way across the Persian Empire to the Mediterranean where they flourished. The Spanish explorers get credit for introducing the apricot to the New World, and specifically to California, where they were planted in the gardens of the Spanish missions. In 1792, in an area south of San Francisco, the first major production of apricots was recorded.
Selecting Fresh Apricots
When choosing apricots one should look for fruit with an orange-yellow to orange color. They should be plump and fairly firm. Fresh apricots are fully ripe when they are soft to the touch and juicy. This is when they should be eaten. To keep apricots from over ripening, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Apricots that are slightly hard can be ripened by placing in a paper bag for a couple of days. Green apricots should be avoided as they will not ripen. Fresh apricots can be frozen by halving then placing on a baking sheet until frozen. They can then be packed in plastic freezer bags.
Fresh apricots are a delicate fruit with a fuzzy exterior that is very soft. In Latin apricot means “precious” and they are considered a prized fruit because of their delicate nature. The flavor is tangy but also softly sweet. Just three apricots contain 30 percent of the daily requirement of Vitamin A. They are also a great source of Vitamin C, iron and fiber. Because California apricots are delicate in nature, they do not need to be peeled when eaten. Simply cut a fresh apricot along the seam and remove the seed. They can also be easily separated with the fingers. Fresh apricots are a very nutritious and healthy snack.
Flavor Plus Nutrition
Apricots, an orange colored fruit, are high in beta-carotene and fiber. Their season runs from May through August in the U.S., but they are also imported from South America and New Zealand during the winter months.
High in anti-oxidants, apricots contain carotenoids and xanthophylls, nutrients believed to provide protection for your eyes. Also a potent dietary source of catechins, apricots may also reduce inflammation.
In addition to these health benefits, 50% of the fiber apricots contain are soluble. Soluble fiber can help control blood cholesterol levels.
Apricots have Vitamin A, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, copper, and potassium as well as the following nutrients:
Nutrition Facts for Apricots
Why Blossom Hill?
Blossom Hill, by Lucich Santos Farms, aims to grow and distribute the only finest quality Fresh Fruit.
The Blossom Hill orchards are located in Patterson, CA which is considered to be the world’s best Apricot growing grounds.
Lucich Santos Farms has been family owned for more than 90 years with over 35 years growing and shipping apricots.
The combined location and experience produces a sweet and juicy fruit that you have to taste to believe.