you're looking for something to do today then make it a healthy one
because today's National Apricot Day! If you've been slacking
your fruit intake then today's a great day to fix that. Let's
right into celebrating National Apricot Day!
WHY IS THIS A
As with most food holidays there is no real reason for
particular day to be chosen but we can all probably use a little more
fruit in our lives! Apricots may not be in season where you
but you can always opt for dried apricots or a variety of other apricot
flavored items. Apricots, which are originally from China,
closely related to plums but have more of a rich flavor the whole way
through. But don't bite too far into them though, because there's a big
seed "shell" waiting for you in the center.
That big shell
doesn't keep some people from actually eating the seeds. I guess
they're so sweet tasting in central Asia and the Mediterranean that
they use the apricot seeds instead of almonds sometimes. In fact,
amaretto and amaretti biscotti are flavored with the extract of apricot
seeds. Heck, the seeds have even been used to treat cancer!
is quite the healthy fruit. It's packed with vitamin A, vitamin C,
potassium and it definitely has a good dose of fiber in it. So you get
to protect your eyesight and keep your digestion on the right track!
Even without knowing why this became a holiday there are
plenty of reasons to eat some apricots today.
So how are you going to celebrate? Well, if you're lucky
enough for apricots to be in season in your area then you should go
pick up a few ripe apricots and munch them down today. If you
haven't had one before, let me know which you prefer more an apricot, a
plum or a peach. I'm not going to lie, I prefer peaches
but I like apricots more than plums! If they're not in season
your area then I'm sure you can find dried or canned apricots to
consume today. And as always, don't be afraid to get creative with this
fruity treat! Try mixing apricots into a variety of different
dishes today and see what you can come up with. You could try making
some apricot pie or apricot cookies. Maybe you could mix it into a milk
shake or cut it into pieces as an ice cream topping.
you could blend it up really well, add some water and bring it to a
boil to make your own apricot syrup. Use it on top of pancakes, ice
cream or anything else you can think of! And there are
ready-made apricot preserves if you'd like to slap some of it on some
toast today. And for this holiday it might actually be a good
to break out that juicer of yours! This idea wouldn't work with dried
apricots but if you can find fresh or canned apricots then try making
your own apricot juice and see how it turns out. Whatever you
decide to do, I hope today is a fruitful day for you!