APRICOT OF SOVIET BADAKHSHAN
Long since in mountainous regions of Asia the specific agriculture has been established in which the great share belonged to gardening, especially to cultivation of mulberry and apricot. Badakhshan is not an exception. Fruit growing is the important branch of agriculture in Badakhshan. About 70 per cent of all fruit trees falls to the share of apricot and mulberry. The significance of these plants in the first place was difined by the fact that their fruits were almost the only source of sugar for local population. At present the situation has changed. The population of Soviet Badakhshan is proveded with all necessary food-stuffs including sugar. Under existing conditions the fruits of apricot and mulberry lost their significance as the main source of sugar. Mulberry is not the fruit culture now. But cultivation of apricot acquires industrial scales as its fruits are not only the source of sugar but also the important source of a large group of bioactive combinations. The fruits can be easily remade into dried fruit-the most valuable food concentrate which can be preserved for a long period of time and easily transported. As a matter of fact these qualities and also unpretentiousness and complete utilization of all parts of the plant defined its wide spread and popularity among many nations of Alpine Asia.
Lomakin, E.N. (1981). APRICOT OF SOVIET BADAKHSHAN. Acta Hortic. 85, 119-122