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They are wonderful; delicious, chewy and tangy yums. They are relatively inexpensive, especially if purchased in bulk. They are available year roundDried fruit is fruit that has been dried, either naturally or through use of a machine, such as a dehydrator. Dried apricots are pitted, unpeeled apricot halves that have had a large percentage of the moisture removed. They're usually treated with sulfur dioxide to preserve their color.
Sliced Dried Apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds. Slice them thinly or thickly as required.
Chopped dried apricots
Chop apricots with a sharp knife. Oil the blade of the knife to chop easily.
Deseeded dried apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and use them accordingly.
How to Select
Soaked dried apricots
Soak the apricots in warm water for 15 mins. Drain them as they become soft. Dry the same in shelter. Can be used to make sauces, dessert, puree etc.
Purchase it from a well known grocery shop, to ensure good quality dried apricot.Culinary Uses
· Dried fruit is often added to baking mixes and breakfast cereals.
· Also used in milk shakes, salads and fresh fruit ice-creamHow to Store
Dried fruit has a long shelf life and therefore can provide a good alternate to fresh fruit, allowing out of season fruits to be available. Drying is a good way to preserve fruit in the absence of refrigeration.Health Benefits
They are one of the best natural sources of Vitamin A, especially when dried. Vitamin A is also needed for good sight; insufficient amounts can cause night blindness, impair sight and increase susceptibility to colds and other illnesses.