[NAFEX] Apricots from Afghanistan

anne bianca atbianca at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 10 14:23:59 EDT 2010

         I read your original message regarding the apricots from Afghanistan.  You mentioned that you have grown Tamarind.  I have also tried it and still have seeds from a batch of old fruit I bought - I love the taste.
        My question is - is your "houseplant" still doing well in that environment and do you ever plan to plant it out?  When I have enough shade in my yard I would like to start one again and see how it does.  I have found that the seeds keep for a long time.  Good luck with your guy!

--- On Sat, 4/10/10, Melissa Kacalanos <mijwiz at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Melissa Kacalanos <mijwiz at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Apricots from Afghanistan
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8:54 AM

I'm following up on a very old topic I started. I bought some dried apricots imported from Afghanistan a while ago, and wondered if the pits would sprout. It turns out, they do. At least, I cold-stratified 4, and 1 sprouted yesterday. Now I'm wondering what to do with this little seedling. Also, does anyone want some pits to grow themselves? These are of interest mainly as novelties I think, for people who want something straight from Afghanistan, and have room for a tree of unpredictable quality. Let me know if you'd like some seeds.

Otherwise, I'll probably just eat the seeds, since they're really delicious.

Oh, and thanks very much for all the great advice on peaches, particularly regarding rootstocks. I'll look into this further.


--- On Fri, 5/8/09, Melissa Kacalanos <mijwiz at yahoo.com> wrote:

-----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Kacalanos <mijwiz at yahoo.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thu, 7 May 2009 1:44 pm
Subject: [NAFEX] Apricots from Afghanistan

I was grocery shopping the other day, and found some interesting things: organic dried apricots, whole with pits, and organic apricot kernels, both imported from Afghanistan. Forgive me for being surprised that at least part of Afghanistan has been stable for long enough to allow an orchard to exist.

The apricot kernels are really delicious, similar to almonds but more flavorful. The apricots are a strange color, off-white rather than orange. They're very small, very sweet, lacking tartness, and with only a subtle apricot flavor.

I wonder if the kernels inside the dried fruit are edible too. If they're poisonous, will that be obvious, like they'll taste bitter?

I'm also wondering what would happen if I tried to plant the pits from the fruit, or the shelled kernels. They're not roasted, but I don't know if the drying process killed them, since I'm sure the importer didn't plan for anyone to plant these things. However, I've been surprised at the things I've grown from packaged food, like tamarind from a block of tamarind pulp, which made a very pretty houseplant, and spices. Just for kicks, what would be the best way to try to sprout these, if possible?


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