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The Must-Try Dried Fruits and Nuts in Uzbekistan

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Dried food products sold at the Siab Bazaar in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is not only famous for its historic buildings and monuments. However, it is also one of the best places to try delicious dried fruits and nuts. A large variety of dried fruits are offered in the country, so it can be easy for guests to find the right taste for them. In this article, we will review some of the popular dried fruits in Uzbekistan along with very useful information about them.

Why Uzbekistan?

The largest exporters of dried fruits are Thailand, Turkey, and Germany. (OEC)

If the amount of exports refer to the high quality and competitiveness of the products, why are we paying special attention to the dried fruits of Uzbekistan?

The dried fruits of Uzbekistan stands out from other countries with their pleasant taste and uniqueness. Besides, the fruits are usually less treated with chemical substances to keep the original taste. The main reason why Uzbek fruits are not well-known in the global market is due to monopolies and limited opportunities for doing business in the sector. (BBC, https://www.bbc.com/uzbek/lotin-36884903)

The must-try dried foods and nuts in Uzbekistan

Raisin – dried grape

Centuries have passed since the beneficial properties of the dried fruit have been known. A raisin is almost indistinguishable from the fresh grape in health benefits because it keeps 70-80% vitamins and 100% elements.

You can find raisins in different colors: white, blue, black, brown, and yellow. But the black and blue ones are the most popular among locals.

Raisins are full of carbohydrates. It also contains large amounts of A, B, P, C, E, K vitamins, and minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, chlorine. (Olimpikfood, https://olimpikfood.ru/uz/kashi/mozhno-li-izyum-rebenku-i-chem-on-polezen-samyi-sladkii-suhofrukt/)

Turshak – dried apricot

A heap of dried apricots close-up in the market, Uzbekistan

Locals call dried apricot as “Turshak”. It is the favorite dried fruit of sweet lovers. It has C, A, B vitamins, and magnesium as well as iron.

Turshak is one of the dried fruits which holds the highest amount of protein among other fruits. However, it contains less sugar than raisins.

You should clean the dried fruit thoroughly before consuming – soak them in warm water for 15 minutes and wash them properly. (Technerium, https://technerium.ru/uz/chto-vhodit-v-suhofrukty-polezny-li-suhofrukty-o-polze-i/)

Prunes – dried plum

Many people in the world are not fans of prunes. However, they are very beneficial. In Uzbekistan, you can buy dried plums for cheap prices in local markets.

One prune can provide 3% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and a cup of them deliver 87% of daily intake of Vitamin K. (NDTV, https://food.ndtv.com/health/7-amazing-prunes-benefits-1404766)

Dried persimmon

dried persimmon on white background

The dried persimmon is a very delicious dried fruit and contains a lot of nutrition. However, do not consume them in large quantities due to the possible negative impact on the stomach and intestines.

However, it is recommended to consume when you feel extreme fatigue. (Odam, https://odam.uz/Qiziqarli/quruq-mevalarning-foydali-hususiyatlari)

Almond

Almond is called “the king of nuts” due to the abundance of valuable nutrients and vitamins. There are 2 types of almonds, one of which has a sweet taste and the other is bitter.

Bitter almonds contain toxic substances, which are very harmful to health. Hence, do not consume if the almond is bitter or tastes bad. Almonds have vitamins like E, S, B9, B5, B3, B2, B1, and A. (Transsib6,
https://transsib6.ru/uz/avtonomnaya-kanalizaciya/mindalnye-orehi-poleznye-svoistva-i-primenenie-polza-i-vred-mindalnyh.html

Don’t buy these kinds of fruits

The first thing you should pay attention to before purchasing dried fruits or nuts is the appearance of them. According to a dietitian Yelena Solomatina, one is not recommended to buy extremely “beautiful” dried fruits.

It is also applied to very shiny and bright dried fruits. These things may indicate that the product you want to purchase has been treated with substances such as sulfur, oil, or paraffin. (Sputnik News, https://oz.sputniknews-uz.com/society/20191018/12642754/Eng-foydali-uritilgan-mevalar–parezshunos-shifokor-maslaati.html)

Best places to buy dried foods

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN – APR 27, 2019: Chorsu Bazaar in the center of the old town of Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan

Bazaars (local street-type market) are the right destinations to buy dried fruits for several reasons:

  • lower prices
  • wider assortment
  • ability to engage with locals
  • see the culture and life of residents

Chorsu Bazaar, Farkhad bazaar, Alay bazaar can be the best options in the capital city Tashkent. Chorsu has a wider assortment of dried fruits, Farkhad bazaar is cheaper, while Alay bazaar has a great and convenient location.

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