The city of Mersin lies on the coast of the Mediterranean, but a few kilometers from Tarsus, city of Paul. It is the reputed home of this apricot that achieved general cultivation not by the sea but was distributed by Silk Road north and eastward into Georgia and central Asia, where it is now found. The only representative of the class of glabrous apricots we propagate. Most glabrous apricots require a high winter chill for making large crops. For us, this variety produces a fair number of fruits most years, sufficient to illustrate the tremendous variation that exists among apricots. Fruits are yellow and glossy, lacking in superficial fuzz, somewhat flattened and small, when happy the tree produces in clusters. Flesh dense, fairly juicy, pale yellow. Fruits are not affected by winter and the earlier spring rains, making it the best of the shiny cots for American conditions. Ripens at the end of the apricot season, mid – late July. 1000 hours. On Lovell.
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