A large area, which covers Turkistan, Middle Asia, and Western China, is considered to be the motherland of apricots.
Dried apricot is derived from fresh apricot, there are two types:
Natural dried apricots are dried directly under the sunlight and have a light to dark brown color. They are not treated with sulphur dioxide.
Sulphured dried apricots, which are treated with sulphur dioxide (SO2) in order to provide a lighter colouring and a longer shelf life. The colouration is between light yellow and orange.
Dried apricots are often consumed as a snack, and after grading are also mixed with other dried fruit and nuts, as well as being an important ingredient in chocolate snacks, baked cakes and desserts and breakfast cereals. They are usually supplied whole, but can be supplied in halves or slabs.
Turkey is the major producer and supplier of dried apricots
Turkish apricots are mostly produced in Malatya province known as the “Dried APRICOT Capital of the WORLD"