January 9th is the day of apricots.
The apricot has plenty of nutritional benefits that not everyone is aware of them: three apricots contain beta carotene that are third of the daily amount you need and you have a respectable amount of fiber, vitamin C and A.
Here are some interesting facts that (perhaps) you did not know about apricots:
People grow apricots for 4,000 years.
The origin of the apricots is China. They came to Europe in the 17th century, when they started trading voyages around the world, and they came to America in the 18th century by the Spanish explorers and quickly became most popular.
Apricots are very similar to peaches. Both fruits are Prunus genus trees.
In the 17th century apricots oil served as a remedy for ulcers in England.
In the apricot core there is a dangerous poison named Cyanogenic.
In Europe apricot is considered to be used for a long time as an aphrodisiac, and has appeared in this context in the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare and the play of John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi".
English folklore claimed that dream about apricots brings good luck.
The Chinese consider the apricot fruit as a symbol of cowardice.
The season of the apricot is summer: from mid-May until the end of July.