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June 2011 Issue
Apricots Delicious, Healthy Appeal
It may have originated in China more than 4,000 years ago, but the golden apricots history is more closely tied to the Persian Empire, where it was known as the Armenian plum, reflected in its scientific name, Prunus armeniaca. Spanish explorers brought cuttings to the New World; 95 percent of U.S. apricots are now grown in California. Apricots made cameo appearances as the golden apples of Hesperides in Greek mythology, and as the aphrodisiac in Shakespeares "A Midsummer Nights Dream." And this diminutive summer fruit continues to entertain the senses today.
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