Sulphured dried apricots, the most common, are preserved with sulphur dioxide, which not only extends the shelf life but also lightens the color and keeps the dried fruit soft.
Turkey is the largest producer and exporter of sun dried apricots all around the world. Malatya province is the capital of apricots.
Apricots from Malatya (Prunus Armeniaca) are most famous for the dry material content.
Dried Apricots sulphured are treated with SO2 in order to provide color retention and longer shelf life.The color of this type changes from light yellow to orange depending on the SO2 used.The SO2 content shall not exceed 2000ppm for EU markets whereas 2500-3000ppm is accepted in the USA and other markets.