Apricots

Apricot, meaning "precious" in Latin, earned this upright title because of its ability to ripen much earlier than most other summer fruits. A relative of the peach, the apricot is smaller and has a smooth, oval pit and a somewhat musky flavor. Although the origin of apricots is uncertain, it is known that they have been cultivated for over 4,000 years in China, India, and perhaps even Armenia. Apricots progressively made their way through the Persian Empire to the Mediterranean where they were fondly received. Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World, and they were planted in..

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