Pliny wrote about it in the first century A.D., called it the Persian apple...and said that theRomans had imported it from Persia for the first time only shortly before--apparently by a very indirect route, for headded that the trees were first planted in Egypt (where we never hear of them again) and then on the island ofRhodes, but bore not fruit in either place...The peach seems never to have achieved a foothold in ancient Grecce,but in Rome several varieties were developed...The peach was not common in Rome either, for Pliny says it washard to grown in Italy, so the Romans imported it from Persia, which made it expensive."
---, Waverly Root[Smithmark:New York] 1980 (p.


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