Wikipedia... The apricot was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long it is often thought to be native there. However, the Vavilov center of origin locates the origin of the apricot's domestication in the Chinese region, and other sources say the apricot was first cultivated in India in about 3000 BC. Turkey (Malatya region) is the leading apricot producer.
Wikipedia... In Europe, apricots were long considered an aphrodisiac, and were used in this context in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and as an inducer of childbirth, as depicted in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi ...
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