What are Apricots?
Apricots are a round fruit native to Asia.
The Apricot was first cultivated in China in about 3000 BC. In Armenia it was known from ancient times, having been brought along the Silk Road; it has been cultivated there so long it is often thought to be native there. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great, and the Roman General Lucullus (106-57 B.C.E.) also exported some trees, cherry, white heart cherry and apricot from Armenia to Europe. Subsequent sources were often much confused over the origin of the species. Loudon (1838) believed it had a wide native range including Armenia, Caucasus, the Himalaya, China and Japan. Nearly all sources presume that because it is named armeniaca, the tree must be native to or have originated in Armenia as the Romans knew it. For example, De PoerderlÃƒÂ© asserts: "Cet arbre tire son name de l'ArmÃƒÂ©nie, province d'Asie, d'oÃƒÂ¹ il est originaire et d'oÃƒÂ¹ il fut portÃƒÂ© en Europe ...." ("this tree takes its name from Armenia, province of Asia, where it is native, and whence it was brought to Europe ....") There is no scientific evidence to support such a view. Today the cultivars have spread to all parts of the globe with climates that support it. 
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Aliases (Also Known As)
Apricot Puree Concentrate
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