Apricot are the yellowish-orange fruits that belong to the family of Rosacea or Prunus. In appearance and size, Apricots are small in size and a fully matured fruit can be between 1.5 cm to 2.5 cm. They are covered in a velvet-like skin that is smooth and soft to touch owing to a beautiful hairy cover. It is available and consumed in both fresh as well as dried form. Both are equally nutritious in their content.
Apricot were first grown in China, but due to international trade and exchange, they spread to Europe via Armenia. This explains the scientific name of the plant – Prunus Armenaica. They came to America in the eighteenth century. The weather conditions of the United States are well-suited for the growth of Apricots.
Not only are they consumed in their fresh and dried forms, but they are also used in making pastries, jams, and marmalade. They also find usage in liquor industry where they are used in making brandy and liqueur.
A rare form of oil is distilled from the pit of the peach fruits and is known as bitter almond oil or oil of almond.