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- According to: http://health.learninginfo.org/nutrition-facts/apricot.htm: "This fragile, delicately flavored, velvet-skinned fruit gradually worked its way westward on camel caravans to the Mediterranean, where it flourished. Spanish explorers introduced apricots to California in the 18th century.
Fresh, dried or canned, apricots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, with just one fresh apricot providing about the daily recommendation of vitamin A. Canned apricots provide three times more because heat processing breaks down cell walls, releasing additional beta-carotene. The beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body. This nutrient helps protect the eyes and keep the skin, hair, gums and various glands healthy. It also helps build bones and teeth. Plus, research shows that Vitamin A helps to fight infection by maintaining strong immunity. For this reason, researchers are looking to apricots as a valuable source of beta-carotene's healing power."
- Apricot Wikipedia