Seedless, soft & juicy. Great snack food. Use in salads, baking & cooking.
Our delicious fruits are picked fresh, when they are perfectly sun ripened and bursting with flavour and goodness. Rich in nutrients, our peaches, pears, mango, apricots and many more make the ideal tasty, healthy snack. Perfect lunchbox food.
Fruit in dried form are healthy, nutritious and tasty snacks and can be incorporated into a number of recipes as well, either dried or re-hydrated. Whilst It may appear to be expensive, it actually is not. Dried fruit only weighs about 15 to 20 percent of fresh fruit.
Preservatives are used on most dried fruit. Whilst we probably all would like all our foods without preservatives, most fruits which have been dried without preservatives are almost inedible. To prevent the growth of mould and fungus, the fruit has to be much drier than the dried fruit we are used to. When dried to this degree, the fruit becomes very, very hard to chew, very dark brown to black in colour and loses much of it’s taste. Not much left here to enjoy, in spite of it being much more expensive than regular dried fruit too. Perhaps technology will allow us to produce more enjoyable preservative free dried fruit in the future but we are not able to do so yet.
The few fruits which can be dried without preservatives without becoming rock hard and tasteless are due to their natural ingredients which makes them “self-preserving” (without getting into a hugely scientific description) with the aid of natural ingredients like lemon juice.
What is it?
Dried fruit should be just the fruit with most of the water extracted through air drying. Usually the stone or pips are also removed. When possible eat only fruit that was dried without preservatives or any other additives. Sometimes fruits dried without preservative will be somewhat darker in colour and not as brightly coloured as the whole fruit. Do not let this bother you, just enjoy the taste and goodness.
Dried fruits to avoid are those dried in sugar as well as the sugar coated or glazed fruits. These are loaded with added can sugar and are very bad for you. When fruit is dried in sugar there is usually no visible sugar left on the dried fruit. Check the labels to see whether you are buying pure dried fruit or whether it has added sugars. The sugar drying process is often used with sour or very soft fruits and berries such as cranberry and papaya.
What can I do with it?
Fruits are usually dried in halves or fairly large pieces. We advise dicing or cutting into smaller pieces and combining with lightly roasted, chopped nuts and or seeds, as well as plain or roasted coconut flakes for a fantastic healthy and filling snack.
It is very easy to overdo it when eating dried fruit because of its desiccated state (dried out) which reduces its physical volume by as much as 80%. Dried fruit should be chewed very thoroughly to give it time to rehydrate in the mouth and increase in volume.
Chewing properly and slowly will also give your taste buds an opportunity to fully enjoy the rich and intense taste of the fruit. Slow chewing will also contribute to satisfying your hunger. It gives time to your brain to register that you have eaten and get the signal that you are no longer really hungry.
It may also be useful to drink water whilst eating dried fruit. This will assist with returning volume to the fruit and also reduce over eating. Combine with nuts to slow down and dampen the effect of the fructose in the fruit on your blood sugar.
Regardless of these considerations, dried fruit is magnitudes healthier than any candy bar !
What could it do for me?
Dried fruit is highly nutritious.
One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package. By weight, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit.
How do I store it?
Dried fruit can be preserved for much longer than fresh fruit and can be a handy snack, particularly on long trips where refrigeration is not available. Keep in an airtight container and away from moisture. Can be stored in the fridge or freezer to extend the shelf life.