Pieces of dried apricots
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Dried apricots are one of the most popular types of dried fruits that can be eaten on their own as a dessert or used in various cooking recipes like apricot jam. Discover with us the following the most important properties of dried apricots and their health benefits.


Dried apricots can be found in the markets generally packaged in small resealable pouches in dried form, and the more famous and good brand is Mariani ultimate dried apricots.



Buy and store the Best dried apricots

When purchasing dried apricots, be sure to read the instructions written on the package so that the dried apricots do not contain added sugar. You can also dry apricots yourself at home by placing them in the oven over very low heat or exposing them to the sun.



What are the benefits of dried apricot?

A source of potassium

It is often said that nothing beats a fruit or a fresh vegetable (dry-fruit-vegetables) and raw to take full advantage of all its nutritional qualities and therefore, its health benefits. However, this is not the case with apricots, which contain more potassium when dried than when fresh. It is even the fruit richest in potassium: it contains more than dates, prunes, or even bananas! Its content is 1.09 g per 100 grams, which means that if you eat 100 g of it, you will have consumed about 33% of the recommended daily allowance of potassium.

A source of fiber

Dried apricot is known to be an excellent source of energy due to its significantly reduced water content. Since dried fruits are more concentrated than fresh fruits, the content of vitamins, trace elements, minerals, carbohydrates, and proteins in dried apricots are higher than those of fresh apricots. It is therefore a good vector for a balanced diet for young and old. On the other hand, the fiber content of dried apricot is also higher, which makes it easy to digest.

A source of vitamin A

Finally, pro-vitamin A to be precise. Dried apricot is rich in beta-carotene, the same substance found in carrots, among others. And it is this beta-carotene that allows us to have good vision and have luminous, slightly tanned skin over time. But above all, this pro-vitamin A fights against oxidation, in other words, aging, of our cells. If you are exposed to stress or pollution, the 2160 µg of beta-carotene per 100g of dried apricots cleans up your body for a healthier life.

A source of energy

If you compare it to a fresh apricot, it contains 5 x more pro-vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. But that's not all. Iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus are not left out. We understand it is a digest of everything ... including energy. No wonder athletes love it to give themselves a boost before a big workout. On the other hand, who says 5 times more energy also says 5 times more calories. Count around 50 kcal for a fresh apricot and 250 kcal for a dry apricot.


How to dry apricots?

Ingredients

  • A big cup of ripe apricots Or the quantity you have available
  • Boiling water.


Instruction

  1. Wash the apricots well and put them on a clean cloth until they are completely dry.
  2. Remove the apricot seeds and put them in the sun for 6 days.
  3. We squeeze the apricots by hand until they become flat.
  4. Put it in the sun again for 6 days and until it is completely dry.
  5. Clarify the apricots in a colander and immerse them in boiling water for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Remove the apricots from the water and place them in a tray covered with a clean cloth.
  7. Place in a sunny, ventilated area for a period of 7 days to a week, until completely dry.
  8. Store in a cool, dry place until use.


Turkish organic dried apricot production

It is Turkey which is the 1st producer of apricots in the world, representing 20% ​​of production in 2012. More precisely, it is in the south-east of the country, in Malatya, that production is concentrated. Also, most of this production is intended for drying: 85% of the dried apricots consumed in the world are produed in Malatya.


popular apricot drying techniques

Solar drying

Fruits such as apricots, grapes, and figs are traditionally dried by exposing them directly to the sun and by placing them for example on the roofs of houses, at the side of roads, or also in the fields on the ground in the open air. for 3 weeks. The apricot drying period will take place during the months of  may, June and July, during this period, the climatic data are generally favorable.


Dried apricot should be stored in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out. It can be placed in a tightly closed glass jar. To keep it cool, it is advisable to place the dried apricot in a freezer bag, then in an airtight box before placing it in the refrigerator, so that it keeps its soft texture.

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