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National Apricot Day (January 9)

Check out the weird holiday National Apricot Day on Jan 9. Learn the history of Apricot Day, as well as get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on January 9 is National Apricot Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!

History of National Apricot Day

We’re not really sure why January 9 has been chosen to celebrate apricots (which are often confused with their sister fruit, peaches), but since apricots are so delicious, we’re happy to celebrate them!

Apricots are found all over the world. We have records of them going back to as early as 2000 BC! They originated first in Asia, then Alexander the Great introduced them to Greece. Eventually they made their way to North America when colonists settled in Virginia.

Becuase apricots are so easy to preserve, it travelled well. The apricot tree is also very winter-hardy, but early frosts can damage the fruit. Did you know that the apricot tree can grow as tall as 45 feet? It’s beautiful blossoms of white or pink have inspired the humorous children’s song “Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree.”

Not only are apricots delicious, but they are extremely healthy as well, with more than half the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A that you need. They are low-calorie, and also have iron, calcium, fiber, and Vitamin C. Over 4 million tons of apricots are produced around the world each year.

Ideas for National Apricot Day

In addition to eating apricots on their own, you can also make some of these delicious recipes with apricots!

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