Apricots have been cultivated in Central Asia since antiquity, and dried ones were an important commodity on the Silk Road. They could be transported over huge distances due to their long shelf life. Before the 20th century, they were ubiquitous in the Ottoman, Persian, andRussian Empires. In more recent times, California was the largest producer, before being overtaken by Turkey, where about 95% of the production is provided by the Malatya Province.
Nutritional Valueof Dried apricot
Dried apricots are an important source of carotenoids (vitamin A) and potassium. Due to their high fiber to volume ratio, they are sometimes used to relieve constipation or induce diarrhea. Dried apricots normally do not have any sugar added and have a lowglycemic index.
Today Turkey 95%, Italy, Russia, Spain, Greece, U.S.A. and France are the leading producers of apricots. In India, apricots are found in abundance in Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Kullu and Shimla.
- Moisture: 18%-22%