The origin of the apricot (Prunus armeniaca) has been traced to China, not to Armenia, as its scientific name seems to suggest. From China, apricot cultivation spread westward into central Asia and to Armenia. The armies of Alexander the Great are credited with introducing the apricot to the Anatolia region of Turkey and from there the Romans are thought to have brought the apricot into Mediterranean Europe.

Turkey is the world’s single largest apricot producer and Malatya Province in the southeastern part of the country is the principal apricot producing region. Most of Malatya’s apricot production is marketed in dried form and represents about 65 percent of the world’s dried apricot output.

Known for their sweet taste, Malatya apricots are perfect for drying because the pit is readily separable from the fruit itself. Our apricots are hand-picked, gathered, pitted, sulfated, and sun-dried for two days, after which they are compressed and sun-dried for another two to three days before being sold to local processing plants. We also offer natural or organic apricots which have not been treated with sulfur, and are easily recognizable by their dark color. These apricots have an extremely flavorful, sweet taste.

Dried apricot grades are established by apricot size and count per kilogram. Apricot size is determined across the shortest diameter of the product. The largest sized apricots will have fewer count per kilogram. Counts progress by a factor of twenty. (Please note that grading in some sectors of the industry may be subjective and different processors may or not grade to commonly accepted industry standards.)

Colors of apricots that have been sulfated should be reasonably uniform and may be light yellow, yellow-orange, orange, and reddish orange. Natural / organic apricots may be light brown or brown in color.

Check out some of the dried apricot styles we can offer. The highest quality grades to the highest of industry standards, and the styles you see here are First Class grades, which are Red River’s specialty. We can source these and other apricot styles to meet your particular needs.

What’s in a name? You could take a goodly amount of time to figure out how the apricot came by its name. Some trace “apricot” back to the Latin praecocia, which means “early start” or “early ripening.” (Not surprisingly, the word “precocious” is derived from the same Latin word. “Precocious” describes youth who act older than they are…those who get an early start on adulthood.) Or was it closer to the Arabic al-birquq? Or was it a blend of the Arabic and Greek al-praecox?

How did apricots get to Turkey? By road, of course. The Great Silk Road, that is. Which wasn’t really a road, but a network of caravan trading routes extending from China and Central Asia through territory we know today as Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Armenia…and other places of legend! Strange as it may seem, the Great Silk Road was not known as the Great Silk Road until the 19th century…even though it may have been first traveled in the 1st century B.C.!

When in Ireland, don’t be confused if you ask for apricots, and get potatoes! It’s one of those “location situation” jokes…Irish potatoes are sometimes referred to as Irish Apricots. No need to speculate why.

We knew you would want to know, so when in Spain: albaricoque; when in Italy: alberocco; when in Arab nations: albarquq; when in France: abricot; when in Portugal: alperce; when in Germany: aprikose; when in Russia: abrikos…and when in TURKEY: KAYISI

In China, the term “Apricot Forest” refers to the medical community. Its origin lies with the legend about an ancient doctor, Dong Feng. Exhibiting the deepest care and concern for each of his patients, he treated them with utmost compassion. Yet he refused to accept money for his services. Instead, he asked those he cured of serious illnesses to plant five apricot trees and those he cured of lesser illnesses to plant one apricot tree. In time, Dong Feng’s house was surrounded by a forest of 100,000 apricot trees. He exchanged the fruit for grain, which he then used to save many from famine.

Apricots Benefits

Apricot;

  • provides the brain ferfoms regularly and reduce the stress.
  • provides regenaration of liver.   
  • Provides the bone – growth in uniform.
  • contributes the teeth grown in uniform and healthy
  • becomes an eficiency for blood and prevents the anemia.
  • prevents the düodenum disease and stomach ulcer to occur.
  • decreases taches in the kidneys.
  • regulates the syngamia and increases concupiscence .
  • owns a protective efficiency against to cancer.
  • strengthens heart cambiums and regulates its running in uniform.
  • distinguishes very important values for human nutrients  due to apricot has very rich potassium.
  • makes digestive system feel better  by preventing the failure of dyspepsia which is one of  the most causes on the bowel cancer.