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Welcome to our big dried fruit test 2021. Here we present all the dried fruits we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best dried fruit for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy dried fruit.




Summary

  • Dried fruits have a much longer shelf life than normal fruits. In moderation, they are also the perfect alternative to conventional sweets or snacks.
  • The drying process removes the water from the fruit. As a result, they have a significantly higher sugar content in relation to their weight and taste more intense.
  • Almost all types of fruit can be bought as dried fruit. From the standard fruits apples and bananas to fancy superfruits and physalis, everything is available.

The Best Dried Fruit: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying dried fruit

Dried fruit counts conditionally as a raw food if it has not been heated above 40°C. The preparation consists of removing the liquid, which makes the fruit durable and resistant. In this way, dried fruit can be eaten long after it has been dried, if stored properly. (Picture source: Butterflyinjune / Pixabay )

How much do dried fruits cost?

Here it depends a lot on the type of dried fruit. Dried apples, for example, are cheaper than dried physalis. In general, the more unusual the fruit, the more expensive the dried fruit. Likewise, the more complex the drying process, the more expensive the end product.

How do I store dried fruit properly?

Dried fruit can usually be kept for up to a year. However, it is important that you store them properly. You should make sure that the fruit is stored in a dry, airtight and cool place. The best way to store them is in opaque tins that are stored in a cool place.

It is essential to check regularly that no moisture forms, as this will cause the dried fruit to go mouldy.

Decision: What types of dried fruit are there and which are the right ones for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of dried fruit:

  • Unsulphurised dried fruit
  • Sulphurised dried fruits
  • Soft fruits

Any dried fruit can generally be used as a sweet snack for in between meals or for preparing tasty dishes. Dried fruit is considered healthy and rich in vitamins. All types of these fruits are gently dried.

However, some are treated further afterwards. Therefore, we want to help you find the right dried fruit for your taste. To do this, we will introduce you to the different types and show you the advantages and disadvantages of each.

What are unsulphured dried fruits and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

To ensure that dried fruit tastes particularly good, only ripe fruit is harvested and gently dried immediately. Harvesting is done by machine or by hand. The fruit is then dried either in the sun or in special drying ovens. Finally, a machine washes, sorts and packs the dried fruit.

The gentle drying process ensures that the dried fruit retains its vitamins, aromatic fragrance, flavour and valuable minerals. No further additives are added to the unsulphured fruit, making it the tastiest and healthiest.

Advantages
  • Gentle drying
  • Very healthy
  • Popular taste
Disadvantages
  • Fruits usually lose their colour
  • No long shelf life

However, unsulphured dried fruit loses colour over time, but this does not change the taste. In addition, these fruits can be kept for a maximum of one year if they are kept refrigerated.

What are sulphurised dried fruits and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Like the unsulphurised fruits, the sulphurised dried fruits are also gently dried first. However, they are additionally treated with a sulphurous acid. The sulphurisation serves to preserve the colour in the case of light-coloured fruit, but this does not play a role in the case of dark varieties.

Dried fruit is therefore often sulphurised so that it does not darken or lose its colour. However, the sulphurisation of the fruit is not only used to preserve the appearance of the dried fruit, but is also intended to prevent the dried fruit from spoiling quickly. The sulphur inhibits the growth of fungi and the formation of enzymes on the dried fruit.

Advantages
  • Protects the fruit from fungal attack
  • Protects the colour
  • Long shelf life
Disadvantages
  • Destroys vitamins
  • Side effects possible

In general, dried and sulphurised fruit is not unhealthy. However, people may experience headaches or a feeling of nausea, especially if larger quantities are consumed. In addition, the process of sulphurisation also destroys the vitamin B1 in the fruit. In any case, the sulphurised dried fruit should be washed thoroughly before consumption. Sulphurised dried fruit is marked with a label on the packaging and is thus easy to recognise.

What are soft fruits and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Soft fruit is dried fruit that is gently treated with steam after the actual drying process. This additional treatment makes these fruits significantly softer than all other dried fruits. As a result, the soft fruits also have a higher moisture content. This type of dried fruit is particularly suitable for the preparation of various dishes, such as curd dishes or desserts, because of its soft consistency.

Advantages
  • Very soft
  • Suitable for further processing
Disadvantages
  • Not long shelf life

One disadvantage of soft fruits, however, is that they have a shorter shelf life than other dried fruits due to their higher moisture content. Therefore, the soft fruits should definitely be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within a few days.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate dried fruits

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate dried fruit. This will make it easier for you to decide what kind of dried fruit is suitable for you and what is not. In summary, these are:

  • Sulphurised or unsulphurised
  • Country of origin
  • Energy (kcal)

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Dried fruit is high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation, but it can be healthy. It makes an excellent ingredient in muesli or baked goods. (Photo: K8 / Unsplash)

Sulphurised or unsulphurised

Some producers treat their fruit with sulphur dioxide for cosmetic reasons, so that the fruit retains a lighter colour, or for hygiene reasons. However, the sulphur dioxide not only makes the fruit more beautiful, but above all destroys the important vitamins and the folic acid it contains.

In addition, some people react to sulphur dioxide with nausea, stomach problems and headaches. Asthmatics in particular should be careful with sulphurised dried fruit, as it can lead to asthma attacks.

Country of origin

It is always interesting to know the country of origin of the fruit or food we are eating. With many producers, this is easy to trace. Some even support local organisations in order to support and promote the economy and the people there. Other manufacturers, on the other hand, source their fruit from completely different countries and are therefore unable to identify exactly where this fruit comes from.

Energy (kcal)

Dried fruit is healthy when eaten in moderation. Dried fruit contains an incredible amount of sugar. Due to the dehydration caused by drying, dried fruit is much sweeter and has a higher sugar content by weight than un-dried fruit. Therefore, a portion of about 25 grams per day of dried fruit should not be exceeded.

Facts worth knowing about dried fruit

Why are some dried fruits treated with vegetable oil?

The added oil is good for preventing the dried fruit from sticking together during storage. However, only a very small amount is used for this. So this amount is really only a cosmetic and storage reason and should not bother you at all when eating.

What are sulphurised dried fruits?

Often industrially produced dried fruits are treated with sulphur dioxide. This is supposed to help them keep their bright colour and prevent microorganisms from multiplying. However, it is important to know that this process destroys vitamins, especially vitamin B1.

In addition, the sulphur dioxide can cause headaches, nausea and stomach problems in sensitive people. Asthmatics in particular must be careful, because the sulphur dioxide used can trigger asthma attacks in them. A small amount of the sulphur dioxide can be removed by hot water, but there is no guarantee that all of it can be removed.

How many kilocalories do dried fruits have?

Dried fruit kcal per 100 g
Apples 272
Pineapples 315
Apricots 240
Bananas 288
Cranberries 339
Mangoes 327
Plums 152
Raisins 314

Some dried fruit has a whitish coating, what is this?

This whitish coating is nothing bad, it is fructose that has crystallised on the surface of the dried fruit. This is the sugar of the fruit, which means that the fructose on the surface has crystallised. This is often confused with mould. However, this is an optical illusion. Such dried fruits can be consumed without hesitation.

What are the most popular dried fruits?

Here we have collected the five most popular dried fruits for you. The order does not represent which is the most popular.

  • Sultanas

Everyone knows them, many love them and some don't like them at all: the sultana. Dried grapes have been known in the kitchen for many years as a nibble and are not only popular in stollen at Christmas time, but also as a snack.

  • Apples

Mostly dried apples can be bought in the shop in the form of apple rings. This type of dried fruit is particularly popular with many Germans and is also part of the standard dried fruit. An American study recently proved that regular consumption of dried apples can have a positive effect on LDL cholesterol levels.

  • Bananas

Bananas are also very popular as dried fruit. They are often offered coated with chocolate. Of course, everyone has to decide for themselves whether they like this, but you should bear in mind that these are small "calorie bombs". If you want to dry bananas yourself, you should do it with very ripe bananas, because then you get a very intense taste.

  • Apricots

Do you need an energy boost, and a healthy one at that? Then go for dried apricots. Despite their small size, they contain a lot of nutrients and important trace elements. In naturopathy, dried apricots are often used to regulate the water balance.

  • Dates

There are countless different types of dates, and you should bear this in mind if you want to dry dates yourself. Dates taste very sweet and have a pleasant flavour similar to honey. Dates originally come from West Asia and have been very popular there for a long time.

Is there a secret tip against hard goji berries?

If you have bought goji berries and they are hard, there is an easy but very helpful and quick trick. Open the packaging and put the berries in an open bowl. Now simply leave them to stand at room temperature for about 25 minutes. If the goji berries are still not soft enough, simply leave them to stand for a while, because the longer they are in the open air, the softer they become.

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