Turkey is the world's biggest apricot producer and exporter. An important part of apricot produced in the world is consumed as fresh. However, due to the rapid deterioration of fresh apricot, it usually goes into processes like drying.
Apricot has high antioxidant activity. The positive effects of apricot on health are due to the antioxidant activity of the polyphenols and carotenoids that they contain and their suppression of chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes, etc.).
Apricot is poor in sodium but rich in potassium and a good source of calcium and iron. Magnesium and phosphorus content improves brain functions. One of the most important components of dried apricots in terms of nutrition and health is the high amount of dietary fiber. Apricot is also used for stomach ailments, sour stomach, bloating and constipation.
Apricot is used in pastry, yogurt and ice cream products and also as juice, jam and marmalade.