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POWER-PACKED, CALIFORNIA APRICOTS

California apricots are an excellent source of beta-carotene (Vitamin A) and also provide Vitamin C, fiber, iron, and potassium.  Sweetly tart in flavor and versatile in cooking, California apricots are a smart choice for adding important vitamins and extra flavor to a healthy diet.

High in Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A)

Just three fresh apricots or a 1/2 cup serving of canned apricots contain about 30% to 45% of the recommended daily amount.

Beta-carotene…

  • Is converted to Vitamin A in the body
  • Plays a critical role in fighting disease
  • Helps fight infection by maintaining strong immunity; protects the eyes
  • Helps keep skin, hair, gums, and various glands healthy
  • Helps build bones and teeth
  • Apricots are hands down the most nutritious stone fruit

Kids Like Tangy/Tart Flavors

  • Apricots have the flavor profile that kids like and a bright orange color that is appealing.

School Foodservice Directors Tell Us

  • Carrot sticks alone are not cutting it—they need a greater variety of products that are high in Vitamin A on their menus
  • They want to serve Vitamin A products that kids will actually eat!
  • Smoothies are gaining popularity on campus
  • They LOVE apricots—directors and RDs know the power of this fruit and want creative ways to serve apricots to kids!
  • Oregon State University

    • A recent OSU study conducted on canned and frozen peaches found that the carotene and lycopene levels of frozen peaches are 10X higher than that of fresh
    • The OSU researcher noted that this is due to the freezing process and has said that due to their nutrients, frozen apricots should be at a similar level or higher.