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Dried Apricots

Physical Identification

Color. Most of all we are attracted by yellow or bright orange color of the dried fruits. But it is deceiving. Why is the color orange? Because immature fruit is exposed to sulfur treatment. Dried apricots are hanged in a room and then the sulfur is set on fire. This allows it to gain beautiful and attractive for customers orange color. This technology was first used in Iran back in 1970’s. Due to its usage the harvest was protected from the vermins and preserved the color and taste. Moreover, the technologies used for orange apricots enable to bring them to the market much faster than with eco-friendly drying.

Smell. The orange dried apricots have almost no smell. Natural, brown ones have the smell of apricots, sometimes it reminds a sweet smell of a melon. It can stay on a table for a while and you will still smell it.

Tactile sensations. Oily. It is covered with oil so it doesn’t stick together. Special machines which pack apricots on the manufacturers, wash them and add some oil before packaging. Good dried fruits shouldn’t shine or be too greasy. If it’s the case then the product is not really usefull.

Taste. Sometimes though dried fruits look attractive it has sour taste and doesn’t have the special apricot smell. It indicates that the fruits used were not ripe enough. Only immature apricot will have a sour taste. The sweeter it is the better.

Appearance. Some people think that the bright color is a result of drying process. But it’s not possible. When you dry the leaves their color doesn’t become brighter, does it? Thus, the bright color of dried apricots it’s the first sign that the product has undergone a severe treatment.

Dried Apricots Nutrition Facts

dried apricots nutrition facts What concerns dried apricots nutrition, 100 g of dried apricots contain (in average):

Proteins – 3.4 g

Dietary fiber – 7.3 g

Vitamin A – 3.5 mg

Vitamin B – 0.015 mg

Vitamin B2 – 0.074 mg

Niacin – 2.6 mg

Cholin – 13.9 mg

Vitamin B5 – 0.52 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.14 mg

Folic acid – 10 mcg

Vitamin C – 1 mg

Vitamin E – 3.1 mcg

Potassium – 1160 mg

Calcium – 55 mg

Magnesium – 32 mg

Sodium – 10 mg

Phosphorus – 71 mg

Iron – 2.7 mg

Selenium – 2.2 mcg

Calories in Dried Apricots

As to calories in dried apricots, 100 g contain approximately 241 calories. It’s not much for the ration of most people but for those who are trying to lose weight consumption of big amounts of dried fruit is not recommended.

You can easily make them yourself. Take big and ripe fruits and put them at well-ventilated place where the sun won’t be able to reach them. It will take up to 3-4 months to dry them. In order to get 1 kilogram of dried fruit, 5-6 kilograms of fresh apricots are needed. Dried apricots are tasty and healthy snack. Besides they can be used in various dishes. They are added to the bakery, salads, rice. There are many recipes of meat, poultry and fish with the usage of these dried fruits. And, certainly, the desserts.

Store dried apricots in a hermetically sealed container, preferably made of glass, in a room with low humidity. They can be preserved up to a year in such conditions.