Apricot cultivation, which is spread in most of the agricultural regions of Turkey, finds its best environment in the province of Malatya. Due to the composition arising from the ecology of the province, Malatya origin apricots gained economic value in the form of dried apricots for years.
Turkish Dried Apricot from Malatya region are famous for the dry material content. While the dry material content of Malatya apricots vary between 24 % and 30 %, other varieties are observed at only 20 %.
In Turkish Standards- TS 485, there are two important quality criteria for dried apricots; moisture and SO2 contents, which should not exceed 25% and 2500 ppm by weight respectively. The variety of Turkish sun dried apricot is Prunus armeniaca L. and called as "Sekerpare"