February 4, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
$2.99 a Pound!
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 Unsulfured 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. Unlike most dried apricots imported to the U.S. from Turkey, these are unsulfured, meaning no sulfur dioxide is added to preserve the fruit. That means that instead of the bright orange hue associated with Turkish 'cots, these are a brown black color—kind of like Thompson raisins. It also means that they retain their naturally sweet flavor, flavor that actually intensifies as the fruit dries.
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 sweet & chewy gems. We're selling each 16 ounce bag for the sweet price of $2.99—if you've bought Unsulfured Turkish Apricots elsewhere, you know what a great price this is.
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