Certified Organic Apricots arrive this weekend at Burnaby, Lonsdale & Ambleside
Steve, of Snowy Mountain Organics, tells us this will be one of the best apricot crops they have ever produced at their Okanagan-Similkameen farm, “It’s more apricots than we’ve ever seen and we’ll have them at all the markets!”
Here are a few interesting facts about Apricots:
Apricots are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. (WebMD)
- One apricot has only about 17 calories. Wow! It’s a diet food too!
- The apricot is the national fruit of Armenia, and are often depicted on Armenian souvenirs. Hmm, got me thinking, what’s Canada’s? Seems Canada doesn’t have a national fruit, but plenty of people on a Google search think it should be the blueberry.
- Apricots originated in Asia more than 4,000 years ago, migrating to Persia, where they remain an important fruit in modern-day Iran, then the Mediterranean. In the 17th century, English settlers brought the apricot to the New World. Most of the modern North American production of apricots comes from the seedlings carried to the west coast by Spanish missionaries.
- In Canada, apricots are grown primarily in the dry, warm southern interior of British Columbia and in southern Ontario.
Here are 10 recipes from FromTheGrapeVine.com to make you love apricots even more!