Yes, it’s true. All apricots are not created equal. Unlike other fruits where you have to search for the small print or tiny sticker to see whether you’re buying a US or imported avocado or tomato, California Apricots are distinctive. Third and fourth generation farmers in California’s Central Valley grow nearly 100% of all the frozen and canned apricots found in the marketplace. Unlike their Mediterranean counterparts, California dried apricots have a distinct, orange hue and a rich flavor profile that cannot be found elsewhere. Grown in the rich soil and sun-dried in California’s Central Valley, California varieties are nutrient dense and serve up a flavor that is beloved by chefs, dietitians, moms, bakers, school children and artisan fruit lovers everywhere.
To ensure that you are selecting California apricots, take a look at the labels. If it is a canned or frozen product, you can assume that it IS product of California unless it specifies otherwise. However, when it comes to dried, there are actually more imported apricots on store shelves than those from California. The best way to know what you are buying is to know your dried apricots.
California Dried Apricots:
Split in half for better drying, California Apricots’ distinctive look let fruit lovers know that they are in for a dense, flavorful treat.
Mediterranean or Turkish Apricots
Typically less expensive, imported apricots are a yellowish, light orange in color and are not split and not sun dried. Pitted like prunes, these varieties tend to have a more sugary profile.