Growing your own apricots is rewarding as the firm flesh of the fruits is particularly tasty when freshly picked. Apricots are also suitable for a variety of sweet and savoury culinary uses. Apricot trees are part of the Prunus genus and we stock several hardy self-fertile varieties suitable for growing in the UK climate.
History of Apricot Trees
- It is actually unknown whether Apricots originated in Armenia or China
- On Persian trade routes, dried apricots were a significant commodity
- There is an Arabic saying roughly translated as "when the apricots bloom" which refers to their short season and is akin to the British saying of “wishful thinking”
- Apricot kernels have been used in traditional Chinese medicine
- Apricots have historically been used in English remedies to treat tumours and swelling