February 6, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Apricots are generally thought to have origins in Armenia (which would explain their binomial name, Prunus armeniaca). Really, though, they've been cultivated since prehistoric times, so trying to pin down the exact geographical location would be a bit like trying to schedule a lunch date with Fred Flintstone. We do know that present-day Turkey is the world's largest grower of apricots.
Trader Joe's Turkish Apricots are grown in Turkey's southeastern region, at the headwaters of the Tigris & Euphrates Rivers. Fresh Malatya apricots are harvested at the peak of ripeness, sunshine dried for about six days until they reach the ideal balance of moist & dry, then packed just for us. Turkish Apricots are handy snacks right out of the bag. They also add bright flavor and chewy texture to quick breads and muffins—just give them a rough chop and mix 'em in. We also like them chopped and sprinkled on hot or cold cereal for breakfast.
We sell well over a million pounds of Turkish Apricots every year (yes, you read that correctly), so we have a bit of buying power in the Turkish Apricot marketplace. What that means for you is a super price on these sunshine-hued gems. This year's crop features some of the best Turkish Apricots we've tasted in years, and our costs are down, so to go along with those great 'cots we have a terrific price—$3.49 for each 16 ounce bag, making these naturally sweet fruits that much sweeter.