Other Dried Fruits

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Other dried fruits include dried apricots prepared from the fruit of Prunus armeniaca, which can retain some of the character of the fresh fruit, particularly its color (especially when treated with sulfur dioxide). Three-quarters of the world’s dried apricot crop is produced and exported by Turkey. A very different variety from the Hunza valley in Pakistan is dried on the trees and looks like a shriveled brown nut, but when cooked, it reveals an intense flavor. Dried apricots are a versatile ingredient that lends intense flavor and golden color to compotes, cheesecakes, cookies, cakes, and specialty breads, such as apricot couronne.