The Apricot tree thrives on well-drained mountainous slopes. They can tolerate temperatures down to -30°C, but tend to be sensitive to winter temperature changes. Early spring flowering makes them susceptible to spring frosts.
The fruit is a drupe (similar to peaches and almonds), and the seed or kernel is a good substitute for almonds (often used to flavour Italian Liqueur Amaretto and Amaretti biscotti).
Dried apricots were historically an important trading commodity in Persia.
Our whole pitted sun dried Malatya variety apricots originate from Turkey the world’s leading apricot producing country.
Fresh Malatya apricots collected from the trees are cured then pitted and dried in the sun. They are mechanically double washed, and selected to remove any foreign materials.
A popular health food snack, dried apricots are low in calories and high in fibre. They are a good source of vitamin A, beta carotene and potassium and have a low glycaemic index. Apricot kernels are traditionally used in Chinese medicine for treating asthma, coughs and constipation.