Around april and may apricot trees are in full bloom. But during this time of year, when nights can still be very cold, it is a dangerous time for the forthcoming harvest – which is then around july and august. Apricots get shaken off of the trees by hand, and afterwards are layed down on big awnings. There the fruits will dry for three more days until they are pitted and brought to fumigation boards. Afterwards they are once more dried in the sun, which can take up to ten days - until they are dried down to an amount of moisture around fifteen percent.
Dried apricots originate mainly from Turkey, the Middle East and Southwest Aisa. But also in South Africa, the US (California) and Australia apricots are harvested in a large amount.