In Latin apricot means “precocious”, named because it ripens earlier in the season than most other fruits. Most apricots’ fate is to be dried or otherwise processed. Although going through the drying process, apricots still maintain their rich orange to golden color and have a chewy texture. Also, they are very successful at retaining and preserving their sweet flavor. Dry apricots are made by removing the water content from fresh apricots. This can be done through a process of dehydration or by using a sugar syrup. The final product is a chewy and intensely flavored fruit that can be enjoyed on its own or used in recipes.
Dry apricots are a delicious and healthy snack options. They are replete with potassium, fiber, and several other nutrients. Moreover, they are fat free, very low in sodium, cholesterol free, high in vitamin A and are a good source of potassium. One half cup of dried apricots has about forty calories, one gram of protein and nine carbohydrates. Benefits of dried apricots include weight loss, better blood circulation, and diabetes management. Also, they may promote vision, bone, and skin health.
Fresh Fruits vs. Dried Fruits
Each has its advantages, but in the end, both can be part of a healthy diet. The first and perhaps most distinct advantage is that drying a fruit provides an extended shelf life to the fruit. Furthermore, since dried fruits lose water (and therefore volume) during the drying process, they are significantly higher in calories than fresh fruits. Therefore, dried apricots can provide a higher concentration of nutrients per fruit when compared to the original undried form. Fresh fruits on the other hand, are at least 80% water which then skews the calories. If you are exercising or undertaking a physical activity such as hiking, dried apricots would be a plus because they are energy-dense.
Production, Supply and Export of Dried Apricots
Apricots are native to parts of Asia and they are hugely popular in the world especially in Middle Eastern countries. By having the best climate for apricot trees, Turkey and Iran produce the best quality apricots.
In early summer apricots mature to a sweet yellow stone fruit. At first stages this fruit is green and hard but as it ripens the color turns to yellow or orange with red shades and softens. In order to prevent decay and bruising, they are picked when they are green and not completely ripe. At this stage they are offered to the market. Some are for the seasonal fresh fruit market and others are sold to different manufacturers. These manufacturers use apricots for many purposes including drying them.
Fresh city is a wholesaler and supplier of dried apricot (gheysi) in UAE & Turkey. By using advanced and standard technology we produce the best dried apricots and offer it to international market. We take pride in meeting the needs of our customers and offering the highest quality products to our customers.