The dried apricot or also known as dried apricot is, as its name suggests, the fruit of the apricot tree. This tree requires its own cultivation in temperate zones, especially in the Mediterranean region, being quite resistant to drought, but not to frost. Considering these characteristics, Turkey is the world’s largest producer of this product, followed also, although on a smaller scale, by Iran, Uzbekistan or Afghanistan.
Once the apricots are harvested, the pit is removed and they are exposed to the drying process, mainly in the sun; but on some special occasions also under oven. Sometimes, prior to this drying process, these apricots are treated and exposed with sulfur anhydrides, especially to eliminate insects or other microorganisms; and give them that orange color.
The dried apricots are rich in fiber, iron and potassium; and they stand out above all, among others, to improve intestinal transit and prevent constipation. They also improve the absorption of iron in the body, favoring its increase in analysis.