The Cherry is generally understood to have been brought to Rome, from Armenia, by Lucullus, the conqueror of Mithridates. [1] This was about sixty-eight years before the Christian era; and such was the fondness for the fruit, that Pliny says, "in less than one hundred and twenty years after, other lands had cherries, even as far as Britain beyond the ocean" The cherry is spread over Africa.

Archaeological and ethno-botanical studies also indicate long-term cultivation of grains (wheat, barley, rye, millet, oats), pulses (peas, lentils, chick peas, broad beans), fruit (water-melon, grapes, apricot, quince, plum, cherry, pomegranate, peach, apple), as well as nuts and wild grasses on the Armenian plateau. This extent of cultivation and variety of crops indicates that Armenia is an important site of origin for crop cultivars. Native to Armenia, apricot was taken by Alexander the Great's army back to Greece, where the Romans then spread it throughout Southern Europe.

References Edit

  1. A History of the Vegetable Kingdom - Page 334
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