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!
Good things come in small bites. These easy Apricot Puff Pastry Pinwheels are filled with sweet apricot jam, nutty parmesan cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh rosemary for an easy savory bite-sized easy appetizer on National Apricot Day.
A tagine is both a delicious Moroccan dish, and a cooking vessel! This Instant Pot Tagine is bursting with flavor in every bite. Go on a North African adventure at your table tonight on National Apricot Day!
This Hydrating Apricot Smoothie is filled with sweet apricots, cucumber, coconut water, and frozen fruit to give you the perfect thirst-quenching, nutritious beverage! Made with natural, simple ingredients, this energy-boosting drink is such an easy fruit smoothie recipe and is the perfect breakfast on National Apricot Day!
This fresh apricot cake recipe is unique take on the traditional Austrian apricot cake known as Marillenkuchen. The juicy fruit and fluffy sponge make this vegan apricot cake a must try on National Apricot Day!
This easy apricot apple air fryer dumplings recipe teams the fruity taste of apples and apricot with warm autumn flavours. Apricot apple cinnamon dumplings are rich and warm, and these puff pastry dumplings taste incredible, especially on National Apricot Day!
Goat Cheese Apricot Pizza is the perfect summer flatbread that features juicy, fresh apricots and apricot jam, goat cheese, sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey. This sweet and savory flatbread is the perfect appetizer on National Apricot Day!
This Italian tart is made with a homemade short-crust pastry dough (Pasta Frolla) and filled with a simple Jam filling, and then finished with crunchy crumbles of more pastry spread on top. Enjoy it on National Apricot Day!
The whole family will love this easy, flavorful Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken for dinner! Full of spices, apricots and carrots, this moroccan chicken is delicious served over quinoa for a delicious weeknight meal on National Apricot Day.
This 5 ingredient Baked Apricot Chicken recipe is a simple and quick meal. It uses staples you’d have in the house, like apricot jam, Dijon mustard and butter, as well as a package of chicken thighs. Enjoy it for dinner on National Apricot Day!
Learn how to make apricot jam with this easy recipe without pectin. The fresh apricots are chopped and macerated in sugar and a little lemon juice before bringing it up to a boil and cooking until you reach the jam setting point. Give it a try on National Apricot Day!