Reading my favorite grocer’s newsletter (Trader Joes) I learned that the actual name for Turkish Apricots is prunus armenicus (Armenian plum). And, since I’m in the midst of the research for my book about survivors of the Armenian Genocide, I was reminded of the concept of cultural genocide.
Wikipedia defines cultural genocide as:
The deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of a people or nation for political, military, religious, ideological, ethnical, or racial reasons.
The destruction of our culture, includes losses such as language and dialects, stories, heritage, landmarks.
Eating those familiar dried apricots that I’ve enjoyed since childhood—which are labeled as ‘Turkish Apricots’ in Trader Joes and in Yaranoush (my local Armenian market)—now has a very bittersweet meaning for me.