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Dried Fruit and Nuts Conference-2003 Amsterdam''
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''Consumption and Product Trends in Turkey - Dried Fruits and Nuts''
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      History and Turkey’s Share in Dried Apricot

The large area, which covers Turkistan, Middle Asia, and Western China, is considered to be the motherland of apricot. About 5000 years ago, apricot was known in this area. Apricot was first brought to Anatolia in the fourth century BC during the military expeditions of the Great Iskender.. Apricot was taken to Italia and then to Greece during the Roman and Persian wars in the first century BC, by the tradesmen. It took long years for apricot to spread to the other European countries from Italy and Greece, and it was taken to Spain and England in the 13th century, and to France and USA in the 17th century.
Today apricot is spread almost all over the world, but the main places are Mediterranean Countries, Europe, Middle Asia, America, and Africa.
When we look at the world production and export of dried apricot, it can be seen that Turkey is the leader without any serious competitors.
Turkey realizes 82% of the total dried apricot trade of the world.
Apricot cultivation, which is spread in most of the agricultural regions of Turkey, finds its best environment in the province of Malatya. Due to the composition arising from the ecology of the province, Malatya origin apricots gained economic value in the form of dried apricots for years This province, which is located in the Central Eastern Anatolian Region, produces nearly half of the crop. Malatya, produces almost the export oriented dried apricot in Turkey.

On the other hand, the province of Izmir has been recorded as the main export area for Turkish dried fruits like apricots, sultana raisins, figs, thanks to the established big processing and exporting companies by years.

  Aso Gida Sanayi Ticaret ve Paz. Ithalat Ihracat Ltd. Sti.// Email : aso@asofood.com