Natural dried apricots are typically brown in colour rather than bright orange, and are produced simply by drying the fruit in direct sunlight after picking.
They often provide a sweeter flavour, and their lack of processing makes them ideal as an ingredient in wholesome, healthy foods or as a standalone snacking product.
Sulphured Dried Apricots, meanwhile, are treated with SO2 in order to retain their original bright colour and to ensure a longer shelf life.
Both our natural dried apricots and SO2 dried apricots can be supplied whole or diced, in a range of pack sizes to suit your needs.
Place your order today by calling our sales team on +44 (0) 1909 534 000.
Are dried apricots good for you?
One of your five recommended portions of fruit and veg a day, dried apricots are a fabulous source of fibre, vitamins and minerals – often containing more antioxidants than fresh fruit on a weight by weight basis.
They can be high in calories though, largely because the natural sugar found in the apricot is concentrated by the drying process. While considered a healthy snack, dried apricots should therefore be eaten in moderation.
How are dried apricots made?
Our apricots are dried using specialist dehydrators.
If required, the apricots can then be oil coated to ensure a free-flowing product.
Is sulphur dioxide in food bad for you?
Sulphites are in fact quite a common ingredient in the food and drinks industry, especially in the production of dried fruit. Entirely harmless in recommended concentrations, sulphur dioxide simply helps dried apricots to keep their aesthetic appeal and vivid orange colour.
When visual appeal is less important (for instance when the dried apricots are to be baked into a cake or added to a ready meal), manufacturers may prefer to use a more natural dried apricot for the sake of cleaner labelling.
How long do dried apricots last?
Dried apricots last a lot longer than fresh ones and can comfortably stay good for up to a year if kept according to instructions.
Dried fruits can also be stored in the freezer, and indeed can be supplied by Kiril Mischeff as a frozen product.