A light-orange-colored stone fruit derived from apricot trees. They are slightly juicy with a sweet and slightly sour flavor.
While the original wild plant that the apricot descends from has vanished, the Chinese are credited with first cultivating the plant in 2000 BCE.
The Roman general Lucullus helped spread apricots to Europe around 100 BCE.
Apricots were introduced to California by Spanish missionaries and English travelers.
The Oxford Companion to Food. 3rd ed., by Alan Davidson and edited by Tom Jaine (2014)