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Dried Fruits and Nuts / Figs dried / Turkey
ISIK Tarim S.A. is our exclusive partner for hazelnuts and dried fruits (mainly figs, sultanas/raisins and apricots) for many years.
Varistors Dried Fruit and Nut Team has been visiting ISIK to receive the harvest news directly from the fields.
Pictures: Fig tree (growing area Aydin) © Heidrun Frommherz
"We had the opportunity to visit Aydin – the fig region located South-West of Izmir. The figs are currently in the state of harvesting and drying.
The harvest period as such takes about 2 month. The fig variety used for dried figs is called Sarilop. Only the female trees are carrying the eatable fruits. The fruits of the male fig trees are sourced from the markets and are fixed in a small bag for pollination on the female trees.
There is a difference between valley and mountain figs. Valley figs are a bit earlier in the harvest period. The Turkish Aegean Exporters Union is announcing an official export date for the figs in order to avoid disadvantage to the mountain farmers. This year’s export date is September 26th.