Briefly Concerning Sundried Apricot
The name is derived from the words “Melitue, Maldiya, Melita” which means orchard during the Hittite period. Known written date of apricot in Malatya is 1655. The famous traveler Evliya Çelebi, who came to Malatya in the spring months of this year, mentioned 7,800 orchards and 7 apricot varieties in the city where 53,000 people live. Evliya Çelebi states that apricots of Malatya has called “red, yellow, white, watery, pulpy”. Today, Malatya is the first place in the World in apricot harvest. 85% of the dried apricot in the world are obtained from Malatya. 90% of the apricots produced are exported to abroad, mainly The United States of America and European countries.
Harvesting and Drying of Apricot
The harvest of apricots can differ depending on the variety and the purpose of consumption. It should be paid attention that Technic, tool and equipments used in product harvesting do not to cause organic destruction and pollution. Manual picking up of products is important for minimizing damage. It is recommended that Workers working in organic apricot harvesting should wear glowes. If harvesting is to be done with the machine, the harvesting machine and the materials used together must be clean. Apricots are left to dry on a clean canvas for at least two days. Then, Apricots are subjected to sulphurising process. Before the sulphuring process, to shorten the drying time, to protect the natural color of apricot, to prevent insects and to increase the preservation time, the apricots which are injured, damaged and raw must be separated. Then apricots are filled into fruit boxes and the sulfur process is carried out. After the sulfuring process is finished, the stage is started to be laid on clean exhibitions and waited in the sun for 2-3 days. And Then, the seed removal process is performed. Then the apricots are laid back on the exhibition space to drying process in the sun. To protect them from flies, insects, etc., a thin tulle is covered. In the next stage, the apricots are kept in the sun until they are dry thoroughly. This duration can take 3-5 day to 1 week. It is then picked up and ready for packing.
Benefits of Consuming Sundried Apricot
It is possible to sort the many important benefits of Sundried Apricot;
When consumed regularly, it helps in regulating the digestive system and relieving constipation.
Because of its content, it protects your heart health.
It helps to protect eye health through carotenoids and lutein substances in it.
It plays an important role in providing a feeling of fullness and supporting weight loss diets.
It is an important nutrient element in eliminating of anemia and supporting the immune system.
In addition to supporting muscle development, it also helps bone health.
Especially due to its nutritious properties, It can be an effective nutrient element in skin and hair health.