Our beloved grandfather, Poppy Sol, started this business in an open-air market. Three generations later, we’re still bringing smiles to our customers' faces.
— B. Joyce Sparlin, tulare, ca October 17, 2009
“I just received my order. If all web sites were this good, I would buy everything online. My husband and I are experts on dried fruit. The dried apricots were absolutely the best we have ever eaten--moist and tasty.”
Nearly 4000 years ago, a fruit belonging to the rose family was discovered on the mountain slopes of China. It is generally accepted that the Chinese first cultivated this ancient fruit, the wild ancestor to the present day apricot. Interestingly, the Chinese considered the apricot to contain special fertility enhancing properties.
With the strong sensory appeal of its delicate, velvety skin and intensely sweet fragrance and flavor, apricots traveled across the Persian Empire to the Mediterranean where they flourished. Many varieties of the fruit differing in size, color and flavor are still grown with popular appeal throughout the world today.