EN on Foods

June 2011 Issue

Apricot’s Delicious, Healthy Appeal

It may have originated in China more than 4,000 years ago, but the golden apricot’s 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 Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." And this diminutive summer fruit continues to entertain the senses today.

To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Environmental Nutrition

Get the next year of Environmental Nutrition for just $20. And access all of our online content - how to fight heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and dozens of other diseases - free of charge.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.