Apricot Stones (10 pieces)

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An apricot kernel is the apricot seed located within the fruit endocarp, which forms a hard shell around the seed called the pyrena (stone or pit).

The kernel is an economically significant byproduct of fruit processing and the extracted oil and resulting press cake have value. Apricot kernel oil gives Disaronno and some other types of amaretto their almond-like flavor.They are also used in Amaretti di Saronno.

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Scientific Name (Species, Family): Prunus armeniaca

Common name(s), variety: Apricot

Type of reproductive material: Stones which contain the seeds

Weight of 100 seeds: 120 g

Plant life cycle: Perennial

Plant Part commercially exploited: Fruits

Cultivation practices:

Apricots have a chilling requirement of 300 to 900 chilling units. A dry climate is good for fruit maturation. The tree is slightly more cold-hardy than the peach, tolerating winter temperatures as cold as −30 °C (−22 °F) or lower if healthy. They are hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8. A limiting factor in apricot culture is spring frosts: They tend to flower very early (in early March in western Europe), meaning spring frost can kill the flowers. Furthermore, the trees are sensitive to temperature changes during the winter season. In China, winters can be very cold, but temperatures tend to be more stable than in Europe and especially North America, where large temperature swings can occur in winter. Hybridization with the closely related Prunus sibirica (Siberian apricot; hardy to −50 °C (−58 °F) but with less palatable fruit) offers options for breeding more cold-tolerant plants. They prefer well-drained soils with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.

Apricot cultivars are usually grafted onto plum or peach rootstocks. The cultivar scion provides the fruit characteristics, such as flavor and size, but the rootstock provides the growth characteristics of the plant. Some of the more popular US apricot cultivars are ‘Blenheim’, ‘Wenatchee Moorpark’, ‘Tilton’, and ‘Perfection’. Some apricot cultivars are self-compatible, so do not require pollinizer trees; others are not: ‘Moongold’ and ‘Sungold’, for example, must be planted in pairs so they can pollinate each other.


Source: Wikipedia (20230616) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
Weight 12 g
Dimensions 0.14 × 0.085 × 0.02 m

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