Why Armenians and Azerbaijanis are fighting over the apricot

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Orange in the Armenian flag represents the apricot, a significant fruit to the culture. Photo credit: Anna Mazmanyan

In the Caucasus region, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in conflict over the apricot. Armenian American journalist Liana Aghajanian wrote about the Apricot Wars in the area for her blog, “Dining in Diaspora.” 

“The apricot is considered a treasured, national symbol,” explains Aghajanian. “It’s represented in everything from the orange in the tri-colored flag, to the apricot wood being used in national instruments, to more modern, common phenomena like the Armenian film festival called The Golden Apricot.”

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