About Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. People have enjoyed Dried Fruit since the earliest days of civilization. By drying
fruit, societies ensured that there would be enough food during harsh seasons. The early Phoenicians and Egyptians were responsible for expanding the
popularity of dried fruit throughout the western world. Due to their long-term storability and ease of transport.
Dried fruit maintains most of it nutritional value and the taste is intensified. Properly sealed dry fruit can last for months if not years, and is a popular item for food storage. While raisins are the most common and popular dried fruit, dried prunes, dried apricots, dried blueberries. dried pears and dried apples are all popular.
There are two basic ways of drying. Sun Dried Fruit: The easiest way is to leave it in the sun until it has reached the desired moisture content, the fruit is wrapped in a cheese cloth fro protection from Insects and hugh to dry for several days. This Method retains more nutirents in the fruit and some say more flavor. The Second method is in a Dehydrator or "Dryer" similar to the the kichen appliances available for home use. Most dried fruit available on the market is dried in this fashion in order to control the process and gurantee a uniform and delicious product in a fraction to the time.
Dried fruit and nuts make an excellent snack anytime, on the road, in class, at work, or camping. Because they are easily preserved, fruit gifts and dried gifts can last for a long time and be enjoyed by many people.
Bulk dried fruits are great for food storage and for putting together gifts baskets. They can easily be added into baked goods, cereals and almost any mix of nuts and granola for a delicious treat. Although fresh fruits are the healthiest option when available, dried creates great flexibility for use and storage. Both are wonderful sources for promoting a healthy immune system and the high fiber content also promotes a healthy digestion.
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