Apricot

Apricot, the name of an edible fruit and of the tree that bears it. The apricot belongs to the rose family and is closely related to the peach and the plum. Apricot trees are probably native to China or Japan and have been cultivated in the Old World for at least 4,000 years.

Apricot trees grow to a height of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 m). They grow best in temperate regions, especially in sunny locations. The pink-white blossoms bloom early, before the leaves appear, and therefore are easily damaged by frost. The leaves of the apricot tree resemble those of the plum, but the bark looks like that of the peach tree.

The fruit has a velvety, peach-colored skin and a yellowish-orange flesh. The pit (stone) is smooth and flat. Major producers of apricots include Turkey, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and the United States. Almost all of the apricot production in the United States comes from California. Most of the fruits are dried or canned. Others are eaten fresh, made into apricot juice, or used in making apricot liqueur.

The apricot is Prunus armeniaca of the rose family, Rosaceae.

ApricotsApricots have velvety, peach-colored skin and yellow-orange flesh.