Turkish Apricot

All About The Delicious Turkish Apricot

It is quite possible that the Turkish apricot may be the tastiest of its kind.  The name alone implies an exotic taste which the fruit certainly delivers.  They are tasty when enjoyed both dried and fresh and they are packed full of plenty of healthy benefits.

It is a fact that most of the world's supply of apricots are indeed grown in Turkey so they are not quite as exotic as one might think.  Interestingly, Turkey sells more apricots than Iran and Malaysia put together and they are the second and third largest distributors.  Around the world, it is agreed that the Turkish apricot is as sweet and delicious as they get.

Nutritional Value

Most apricots that are imported to the United States from Turkey are perfectly dried and packaged.  When packaged this way, they typically have about a three month shelf life at the most but if you store them in the freezer they will keep their full flavor for up to a year.  These delicious treats are an excellent source of fiber and are often recommended to be used by medical professionals to alleviate constipation.

Aside from dietary fiber, the Turkish apricot is also full of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron since these apricots are rich in vitamin A, and they are also full of beta-carotene.  This is not a piece of fruit that you have to worry about when you eat that you are consuming cholesterol, saturated fat or sodium.  Although they are high in natural sugars their nutritional value more than makes up for it.

Cultivation

While the Turkish apricot is grown in and around the Mediterranean area, the tree is not considered subtropical.  In fact, it actually prefers consistently warm temperatures rather than the extreme variance of hot summers and freezing cold winters.

The apricot tree is incredibly hardy and can withstand extended periods of time of subzero temperatures as long as snow is covering the ground.  The largest threat to the Turkish apricot tree is the spring frost since they flower quite early.  When grown in the United States, these plants flourish in USDA zones three through eight but they really do the best in zones three through five.  Places like Washington State and British Columbia that provide super hot summers as well as extremely cold winters are the best locations for apricot production.

The Turkish apricot as well as every other type of apricot is a member of the beautiful and beloved rose family.  This family includes many other wonderful fruits and nuts including plums, peaches, almonds and cherries.  While the peach is larger and juicier, the apricot is far sweeter.  Apricots have even been grafted on peach trees since they are that closely related.

It is important to note that while the Turkish apricot does have an abundance of nutritional value, there are also chemicals present so you should never eat more than three at a time.

These healthy snacks are picked right at the peak of their ripeness to ensure that every single one offers a naturally sweet and delicious taste.  Dried apricots are full of fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals.  They are a healthy treat that can be eaten alone or added to salads, cereals, trail mix, oatmeal or any recipe that calls for dried apricots.  They are also ideal accessories to decorate any plate, not only adding to the presentation but also elevating the flavor and nutritional value.

The next time you are in the store and you have the urge to buy dried apricots, look for the Turkish variety to see for yourself why they are considered the world's best apricot.