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- Apricots are a member of the rose family but related to the peach.
- Apricots are originally from China but approximately 95% are produced in California.
- Apricots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid also found in sweet potatoes and carrots.
- Apricots contain vitamin C, fiber and potassium- nutrients that are beneficial to heart health.
- Dried apricots can be chopped and added to a salad or trail mix.
- One apricot contains 17 calories.
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