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what do you call a big wad of apricots? and where can I get one?

somervilleoldtimer Oct 5, 2010 07:46 PM

Silly me, I thought a giant package of mashed-up and pressed apricots would be "slab apricots." Now I find that slab apricots are actually big fat delicious individual dried apricots. So I'm still looking for what I found last year at Christina's spices in Cambridge, which was a large package of apricot, apparently mashed together and flattened, in a shiny wrapped package. It was from somewhere in the middle east -- perhaps Turkey? Really good flavor. The whole thing was like a giant piece of fruit leather. Any leads? Christina's doesn't carry it any more.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 5, 2010 07:50 PM

    why not ask someone at the store? they might at least be able to give you a brand or distributor name.

    1. MinkeyMonkey RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 5, 2010 07:57 PM

      I've seen them at Middle Eastern markets on the same shelf as the mashed up dates in shiny packages!! I've always wanted to try both but haven't yet. What did you make with it/them?

      1. Pia RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 5, 2010 08:23 PM

        Look for apricot paste. (You can also get this with mango -- sometimes they have it at Indian stores.)

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          Bob W RE: Pia Oct 7, 2010 06:45 AM

          This is what I would look for. I remember the first time my father brought some home. This was way back in the day, probably around 1967. He got it from an old Turkish guy. It was probably a little thicker than your typical fruit leather of today, and came in bigger sheets. But damn, was that stuff good. When I got some at visiting day at camp, the other kids swarmed me for it.

          Dad was quite the chowhound.

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          piano boy RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 5, 2010 10:34 PM

          We carry that, it's listed as Apricot Bread. There's no bread, just pressed apricot pieces. About 5 x 5 x 2" if that's the stuff I'm thinking of. BTW I work in a health food store so you could try the ones in your local area. We keep ours in the deli.

          Double checked the brand is Matiz. Hope that helps.

          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 5, 2010 11:13 PM

            here's the "apricot bread" piano boy mentioned:


            did yours have almonds in it?

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              somervilleoldtimer RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 6, 2010 07:46 PM

              That's getting close, for sure. Mine didn't have almonds (although I wouldn't object to them) and it was rectangular.
              Piano boy -- thanks for a brand name. I will check around.

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                alkapal RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 9, 2010 04:56 AM

                oh, i'd love to eat that with some manchego -- or other spanish cheese from the region of extremadura.

                look at the wonderful foods of extremadura! http://www.worldsofflavorspain.com/ex...

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                DeppityDawg RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 9, 2010 05:07 AM

                In Turkish, fruit leather is called "pestil"; the apricot one is "kayısı pestili". The stuff in big blocks is called "döner" (like the kebab). Maybe that's what you had? But it usually has nuts in it.


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                  Goldendog RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 10, 2010 07:54 AM

                  I've been eating this as a tasty snack for 40 years. Every Mid Eastern store carries it and the fresh one I'm holding now is simply called apricot paste product of Syria. The greatest thing is price--a 7 oz. piece is $1.00 and 1 pound usually under $2. It's every bit as tasty as those crazy priced fruit roll ups that cost about a buck for 1 oz. (it can be tough to cut into snack sized pieces.)

                  1. greygarious RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 10, 2010 09:41 AM

                    If you are just looking for moist, good-tasting dried apricots, I recommend www.apricotking.com. I've been buying their dried cots, pears, and other fruits for several years. Particularly great are the pit-in apricots, which are available only sporadically. Drying with the pit imparts an amaretto flavor that I can't get enough of.

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                      somervilleoldtimer RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 16, 2010 02:29 PM

                      Hey, Hounds -- you're the best! Today I got what I wanted in the mail -- a giant slab of apricot paste, made in Syria, purchased from Parthnon foods, www.parthenonfoods.com
                      Thank you for helping me find this!

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                        goodhealthgourmet RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 16, 2010 03:57 PM

                        CH to the rescue once again :) enjoy!

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                        Deedine RE: somervilleoldtimer Oct 16, 2010 02:51 PM

                        Growing up in Saudi Arabia we got this and we called it Mish Mish. Loved it so much, way better than the plastic junky Fruit Rollups.

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