Dried fruits retain most of the nutritional value of fresh fruits. The specific nutrient content of the different dried fruits reflect their fresh counterpart and the processing method. In general, Dried fruits are not only important sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber in the diet but also provide a wide array of bioactive components or phytochemicals. all dried fruits provide essential nutrients and an array of health protective bioactive ingredients, making them valuable tools to both increase diet quality and help reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Iran is one of the largest producers of dried apricots. Unique ® considers the marketing of high quality and natural dried apricot one of its objectives. It has succeeded in production of dried apricot with the brand name of Unique ® to put it on the international markets.
Iranian walnut kernel are divided into three grades according to the size, fat contain, color and halves. Walnuts may be consumed fresh, roasted, or salted. They are used in confectioneries, pastries, and for flavoring. The shells can be used for the preparation of activated carbon.
The Iranian commercial production varies around 6.000 tons of shelled product, obtained from both orchards and scattered trees. There are two main almond kinds, sweet and bitter. Almond trees with pink flower product sweet almond and almond trees with white flower product bitter almond. All natural, raw almonds, supreme size, high in protein, calcium and zinc.
Fig is a plant indigenous to western Asia, having been under cultivation in Iran for millennia. Fig has a tasty, nutritious and energy booster fruit consumed fresh or dry. Fig is high in iron, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, chlorine, sulfurous, copper and vitamin A, B and C. Iranian dried fig is another kind of dried fruit which is very high in sugar (roughly 60%). It's worth mentioning that dried fig has 5 times as much sugar as the fresh one. The Iranian fig is left to be dried on the tree without using any additive.