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**Botanical Information**:
– Description of the apricot tree, leaves, flowers, fruit, and seed.
– Phytochemical composition including beta-carotene, polyphenols, and taste compounds.
– Taxonomic classification of apricots within Prunus sect. Armeniaca.

**Cultivation and Origin**:
– Details on the cultivation requirements such as chilling units and soil pH.
– Information on grafting onto rootstocks, hybridization for cold tolerance, and pollination needs.
– Origin and domestication history of apricots in Central Asia and China, with diffusion to various regions.

**Nutrition and Health Benefits**:
– Nutritional content of dried apricots and fresh fruit.
– Health benefits of apricots including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and macronutrients.
– Role of apricots in a balanced diet and their positive impact on health.

**Cultural Significance and Superstitions**:
– Cultural significance of apricots in Armenia, China, Middle Eastern cuisines, and Jewish traditions.
– Superstitions related to apricots, especially in U.S. Marines culture.
– Turkish idiom and historical references to apricots in various cultures.

**Research, Production, and Consumption**:
– Recent developments in apricot research, including genetic diversity, taste compounds, and evolution.
– Production quantities of apricots globally and their consumption trends.
– GI Tag for Raktsey Karpo Apricot in Ladakh, India, and international symposiums on apricot culture.
– Miscellaneous facts such as cyanide risk in apricot kernels and emerging apricot-based products like drinks.

Apricot (Wikipedia)

An apricot (US: /ˈæprɪkɒt/ , UK: /ˈprɪkɒt/ ) is a fruit, or the tree that bears the fruit, of several species in the genus Prunus.

Apricot and its cross-section
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Prunus subg. Prunus
Section: Prunus sect. Armeniaca
(Scop.) Koch
Type species
Prunus armeniaca L.

See text.

Usually an apricot is from the species P. armeniaca, but the fruits of the other species in Prunus sect. Armeniaca are also called apricots.

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