I think this blog should end with a sweet story. The admiration and lore surrounding Armenian apricots predates biblical times in historical and cultural descriptions. Armenians take their apricots seriously, as the International Conference on the Armenian Apricot makes clear. While in Armenia you encounter apricot trees everywhere, and outdoor fruit vendors make buying opportunities plentiful. One of Dr. Yaghjyan's patients brought a big basket of apricots as a gift of appreciation, and Dr. Yaghjyan shared part of his proceeds with me. Armenia’s estimated forest cover is less than 8 percent of its territory, a dramatic decrease during the 20th century. There are many worthy causes beyond apricots to ensure the health, self-sustaining prosperity, and cultural inheritance of Armenia in the 21st century. Please consider a donation to the Fund for Armenian Relief, which provides many innovative programs in every aspect of a productive and compassionate society. There is also the Armenian General Benevolent Union, which promotes Armenian heritage throughout the world and provides major funding to sustain the innovations taking place at the American University of Armenia. Please find an opportunity to visit Armenia and taste the sweetness of fresh apricots and experience the kindness and generous spirit of the Armenian people.