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According to historical sources, a very large region that includes Turkestan, Central Asia and Western China is thought to be the homeland of apricot. It is known that apricots were in this region a long time ago, 5000 years ago, and it was cultivated.

Apricots were brought to Anatolia during the campaigns of Alexander the Great in 4th century BC. Since the climate and soils suitable for its cultivation are in Anatolia, Anatolia has become the second homeland of the apricot. During the Roman and Persian wars in 1st century BC, it was first taken to Italy and then to Greece by Armenian traders.