Our today’s topic is the preparation of the delicious apricot pie, the picture is attached. The recipe is rather easy to cope with, it requires neither special skills or specific ingredients. Everything is really easy, incredibly affordable and of course, tasty like never before. It’s even easier that a pie with apricot jam! Just try it and you’ll see what I mean!
Since today we cook the apricot pie, it’s time to find out some basic facts o the origin of the apricot. Modern scientists think that there are few places of apricot’s origin. They even say the number varies from 3 to 6. The least expectable place for this was Chinese Taishan subdistrict. In the encrypted writings of the Chinese emperor Gu dated more that two thousands years B.C., the ancient description of the apricot fruit was discovered. However, there is no substantial confirmation for that. Moreover, the origin of apricot is thought to be derived from from Armenia and then it was imported in Europe. In eighteenth century the scientist De Poardele has written that the name of the apricot tree has its roots in the asian region of Armenia where it first appeared and then some fruits were transported to Europe.
It’s thought in nineteenth century that Alexander the Great has brought the apricot from Armenia to Greece, and then from Greece to Italy. Nevertheless, this version is not confirmed by any roman or greek writing of that time since there is no reference to apricot fruit. But apricot was mentioned in 1 century B.C. sources which means that it was brought to Italy right after the Roman–Parthian wars. Thus, Dioscorides, Plinius, Columella call this fruit an ‘Armenian apple’ which points that the apricot could be imported in Italy by Armenian merchants. Some similar names can be seen in other languages but, since it grew everywhere in Asia, it’s much difficult to figure out when the apricot began its journey to Europe.
By the way, the apricot was brought in Russia from the West in seventeenth century, but it's through the Middle East that it got to Ukraine, Crimea and Caucasus. Thus, one of the Ukrainian names of the apricot - ‘'zherdel’’- shows the direct penetration from Persia.
The word ‘apricot’ derives from the Netherlandish (abrikoos) through the spanish and french language (‘'albercoque'' and ‘’abricot’' respectively). The origin of the name is traced to many other languages like arabic (al-birquq), greek and latin. All in all, the history of the name, as well as that of the fruit, is rather confusing yet really interesting.
The interesting thing is, that among all the other fruits growing everywhere, only apricot has the highest amount of beta-carotene which is the antioxidant and, moreover, the fruit is vital for the health of your eyesight. Just 100 grams of apricot contain 16 milligrams of beta-carotene that transforms into more active formula y-vitamin A. A variety of diseases are connected with the lack of such vitamin.
Furthermore, beta-carotene performs a plenty of important functions of your body. Especially, it protects you from radiation effects, germ, viruses and prevents the development of cancer diseases. These healthy features of apricot are strengthened by the amount of vitamin C in it.Therefore, avoiding to eat apricots in summer can deprive you of some healthy effects. And finally, it’s hard not to cook something yummy using this fruit and today it’s going to be the apricot pie by HozOboz.
So, today we made a yummy, beautiful apricot pie. Don’t forget to put all the instructions down into your recipe journal, because HozOboz is sure that you’ll definitely want to cook such an easy yet delicious dessert.