As happens for many other fruits widespread in cultivation in Europe, apricot is also collected on the plants of a species of prunus, called Prunus armeniaca; small tree, which reaches 5-8 meters in height, deciduous, originating in China, spread for millennia throughout Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean area. It is a beautiful tree, with oval foliage, bright green, smooth and shiny; in spring, before the leaves appear, the Prunus armeniaca produces innumerable star-shaped flowers, white or pink in color, followed by the fruits, oval, pulpy, orange-yellow, velvety drupes, which contain a large core. Apricot fruits have always been appreciated, raw or dried, or used to prepare jams and fruit compotes; also highly appreciated in oriental medicine, suitable for feeding even the smallest, it is a precious fruit, rich in vitamins and mineral salts. There are numerous apricot cultivars, with the production of fruits at different times of the year, by placing different varieties at home, we can have ripe apricots from June until the end of July - beginning of August.
Cultivation Prunus armeniaca
It is a vigorous tree, which is not afraid of frost, and therefore places itself in the garden, in a sunny place; although not afraid of the cold, it is an early flowering plant, which therefore is not grown in areas with a very harsh winter climate, in fact late winter flowering can be completely compromised by late frosts; the fruits of prunus armeniaca they also prefer sunny, warm and dry places, and instead tend to ruin, or even rot, in very rainy areas or with springs and cold summers.