Dried Fruits and Turkey
Turkey is one of few countries in the world with such an extraordinary location and climate, allowing her to house countless different plants.
Except for some tropical fruits, many agricultural products can be produced in Turkey on a large scale. Dried fruits are one of Turkey’s major exports with high production figures and dominate the world markets in this sector.
Raisins (sultanas), dried apricots and dried figs have the biggest share and are regarded as the traditional Turkish agricultural export items.
Dried Fruits and Health
Dried fruits have been accepted as sacred fruits throughout history with their positive impact on human health. Apart from being a good source of fiber and rich in antioxidants, dried fruits contain major vitamins and minerals in their composition, which helps in many functions of the human body. Some of these would include;
-Helping children grow, keeping bones and teeth healthier and stronger
-Regulating brain functions, giving energy
-Acting as a cancer preventative
-Treating skin pigmentation diseases
-Regulating reproduction system
-Increasing blood circulation, which helps prevent anemia
-Helping in liver recovery
Uses of Dried Fruits
Dried fruits have a long history as being an ingredient to baking and home cooking.However increasingly dried fruits are consumed as a snack food, since many people are realizing the health benefits.
As a traditional ingredient to breads, cookies and cakes, sultanas are also a nutritious addition to breakfast cereals. Parents help kids enjoy their raisins in mini boxes as a part of their lunch box treats.
Dried apricots are also used in baking, but are mostly consumed as a snack. Different applications include coating with chocolate, mixing with other fruits or rehydrating them to produce new products.