It’s not just almond trees that blossom early!

We’re all familiar with the wonderful early blossoming of the almond trees, but apricots blossom quite early too. In fact, their very name means early ripening because the word’s convoluted etymological route took it, quite unusually, from Latin (praecocia) to Greek (berikokia), and then through Arabic (al-burquq), to Spanish (albaricoque) and then into French (abricot) … and hence to the English apricot, though its original English name of abrecock was closer to the French. That early Latin name, however, was given by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History – his praecocia compares with English “precocious” – though he seems to have considered the apricot an early blossoming variety of peach. All that apart, though, the scent from our tree – el albaricoquero – is overwhelming, and the African Canaries love it … and will probably get blotto on all the blossom before we get any apricots from it at all! Thought you might like a photo from this morning, anyway! 

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  1. What a delightful video and such a pleasure to listen to John, the very knowledgeable owner of the house and gardens. I will take a look the next time I am in Puerto de la Cruz. Thank you for posting the link.

  2. The beautiful smell of the almond trees is so evocative & always reminds me of Tenerife.
    Following on from this, I saw such an interesting interview on YouTube last night. It was the owner of the Sitio Litre gardens in PDLC, which I didnt know existed, although I had visited the Botanical gardens there many times
    The owners had a beautiful garden, open to the public and specialising in orchids.
    The best part though was listening to the owner of this house & gardens, he was so knowledgeable about the history of Tenerife & indeed the Canaries.
    It turns out his ancestors originally owned the very house he now lives in from when it was built in the 18th century. He didnt even know that fact when he bought the house himself in 1996!. The owner also gave many interesting facts about the climate there up north and he much preferred the winters there to the summers.
    If anyone else is interested it is on the Craicmasters Tenerife channel on youTube and is called History & Orchids in North Tenerife.

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      That’s a lovely video, Marie! … it’s HERE for anyone who would like to view it.

  3. Wow, that’s lovely, and interesting history to it too. Thanks

  4. Dear Janet

    We are holiday visitors who had an extended stay in Tenerife because of the pandemic. Your blog has been such a help. Beautifully written, informative, timely, enlightening and entertaining.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your lovely island. We returned home today with great reluctance. But we’ll be back.

    Thank you so much.

    Ian

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