Apricots are the fruit of an apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca, of Rosaceae family, the same of cherry, plum and peach trees. The origin of the apricot is probably in ancient Northern China, maybe 4000 years ago. From there, it spread all over the world, above all thanks to Armenians, from which the name. It is now among the most appreciated fruit, because of its sweet flesh, suitable for milkshakes and syrups.
Apricot color goes from yellow to orange, often with some reddish shades on the side most exposed to the sun. The taste can range from sweet to tart. The surface is quite velvety. It has a single seed, enclosed in a hard shell, containing a slightly toxic substance.
There are several variety of apricots, with different size, color and taste.
In cooking, apricots are perfect to make jam, syrup, cake, pies… Dishes with apricots in syrup are excellent. It may be used to make mustard as well.
Fun fact: apricots are considered a remedy against anaemia, exhaustion. They are perfect for convalescent people and constipation thanks to its content of vitamin A and C, potassium and fiber. They can also stimulate melanin production, useful for suntan.