Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Benefits of Dried Fruit Baskets

Usually combined with varieties of nuts, dried fruit baskets have become the second most favorite version of the traditional fresh fruit basket today. According to growers and manufacturers, dried fruit baskets have soared in new years due to the amount of time one can take to consume the dried stock and still have it taste as appetizing as the day it arrived.

The most favorite dried fruit baskets are composed of dried Mediterranean apricots, California pears, Middle Eastern dates and figs, as well as combinations of dried fruits such as coconut/date rolls and dried pineapple rings with a dried cherry in the middle. Another factor that has aided the dried fruit basket reach the lofty heights of success is the wholesome aspect of dried fruits. The healthiest ones are sun dried, without the aid of chemical agents to speed the process or maintain the flavor and consist of microscopic or no added sugar. In addition, many distributors of dried fruit baskets follow religious food establishment mandates to make their products thorough for use as a gift on favorite religious holidays such as Passover and Ramadan.

Dried Fruit

The key to producing a quality dried fruit basket is much the same as for a fresh fruit basket. Begin with high quality fruits, grown under literal, organic guidelines, picked at the peak of freshness and rushed into the drying process as fast as inherent to maintain their flavor. The additional factor, the drying process itself, must be done in a similar high quality manner to yield a finished product. If you visit a farm that specializes in high quality dried fruits, you'll learn that each fruit has its own, specific drying method handed down from generation to generation.

The Benefits of Dried Fruit Baskets

When the sun is used to dry most of the fruit, not much has changed from the way it was done back in Biblical times. The changes have to do with mass yield of products that stress quantity over quality. Cherries have to be pitted before they're dried so the finished stock can be eaten like a raisin. Pineapples need a sugary glaze so the acidic component of the fruit does not railroad decomposition. Apricots, pears, apples and even banana slices are the driest of the dried fruits, needing no sugary coating, but must be properly ventilated while drying to take off all of the moisture. Drying fruit is an art more than a science, especially when quality is the desired result.

The Benefits of Dried Fruit Baskets

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