28 Aug '11, 12pm

Shalakh Apricots from Armenia Become 1000th 'Passenger' on Slow Food's Ark of Taste : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Shalakh Apricots from Armenia Become 1000th 'Passenger' on Slow Food's Ark of Taste : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

During a recent gathering in Armenia , the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity added the Shalakh variety of apricot as the 1,000th "passenger" on its Ark of Taste , a project that works "to protect food products, livestock breeds , and plant varieties at risk of disappearance, and the traditions and knowledge inextricably linked to these foods." 3,000 Years Of Apricot-Growing Heritage Armenians have been growing apricot trees for more than 3,000 years and the Shalakh apricot is an important part of the country's economic, social and cultural heritage, Slow Food says: The apricot is grown on the slopes of Mount Ararat ... in the Ararat Valley near Yerevan, in Armenia. Large, soft, sweet, and juicy, the fruit can reach up to 100 grams in weight and is used to make jam (maraba ). Each house usually has a few trees in the garden for domestic consumption, some as old as 70 ye...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/shalakh-apricots-...

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