Exportation of dried fruits
Iran is one of the top producers and exporters of dried fruits worldwide. And that is because our beloved country has various climates at the same time so it has the ability to grow and cultivate a variety of fruits.
What fruits are widely cultivated and harvested in Iran?
In Iran, a variety of fruits such as apple, banana, kiwi, orange, strawberry, cherry, apricot and many other fruits are harvested in large number. And for this reason, Iran is known as one of the largest exporters of dried fruits. In terms of nutritional value, dried fruit is equal to fresh fruit. And in some cases, dried fruits have more nutritional value.
Nutritional value of dried fruits
As it is mentioned, some dried fruits have more nutritional value, even some dried fruits have up to 4 times more antioxidants than fresh fruits. For example, prunes (dried plums) have more laxative effect than fresh plums, as do dried figs and berries. The reason for this is that due to the reduction in the volume of fruits, the amount of nutrients in them increases. Dried fruits are a good source of iron, potassium, selenium, fiber, etc. But C-series vitamins and folic acid are mostly found in fresh fruits. It is important to know that the method of drying of fruits is also effective in preserving their nutrients. If fruits are dried at high temperatures, all vitamins and nutrients are lost and digestion becomes difficult for the body.
Tips for exporting dried fruits
Regarding the exportation of dried fruits, we must pay attention to their health and organic nature, because in European countries such as Germany, France, Britain, Russia, Turkey and Arab countries such as the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East, special attention is paid to public health. For this reason, the health and organic nature of these products are much more important, and if qualified goods are exported to these countries in accordance to the standards, they will be highly welcomed Exported dried fruits. in order to be welcomed and approved by European, Arab and other countries, they must be dried using organic methods and without the use of harmful chemicals.
The European Union: the largest importer of dried fruits
The European Union is the largest importer of dried fruit in the world. 40% of the world’s total dried fruit is imported to Europe. The European Union has limited production of dried fruit and therefore cannot meet the needs of its member countries and therefore imports dried fruit from other countries, including the United States and Iran. It is necessary to know that in addition to exporting first-class dried fruits to European countries, dried fruits are also exported to Afghanistan, Iraq, Georgia and other countries around Iran in compliance with all hygienic principles and high quality.
Due to the fact that agriculture and horticulture in Iran is more traditional, genetic manipulations and the use of dangerous toxins in crops are still much less used in some countries and therefore the products are almost organic. In addition, we should consider Iranian fresh and dried fruits and nuts are much tastier than other producing countries.
What kind of fruits are selected for drying?
The quality of the fruits selected for drying is very significant. Because sugar-free dried fruits and other additives are a good alternative to other unhealthy snacks. In addition, packaging of products is also very important in this case. Therefore, in the last stage, the products are packaged in a very modern and stylish way and in accordance with international standards. Because the type of packaging is very effective in exporting goods. It is necessary to note that the type of packaging is also very influential in the price of products; if a buyer orders the product in bulk, the cost of the product will be lower for him/her.