Dried fruit has been available for thousands of years in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Dates are one of the earliest dried fruits that were eaten.
Dried fruit is made by taking the water out of the fruit by sun drying or using a special gf-machine called a dehydrator. Since the water is removed during drying, this also means that the natural sugars in the fruit are concentrated.
You can add some sweetness to your day by enjoying dried fruits. Popular dried fruits include raisins, dates, prunes (dried plums), figs, apricots and peaches. Fruits such as dried mango, pineapple and berries are also available, but these tend to be dried with added sugar.
Bake apples with raisins and walnuts.
Make homemade trail mix with raisins, high fibre cereal and unsalted almonds.
Sprinkle raisins onto a salad.
Add as a topping to oatmeal.
Top high fibre cereal with dried apricots and almonds.
Layer a yogurt parfait with chopped dried apricots.
Add dried apricots to stews.
Toss chopped prunes into a stir-fry dish.
Add prunes to curried chicken.
Pureed prunes can also be used to replace half the amount of fat used in baking.
After dinner, enjoy a serving of fresh fruit and dried figs.
Add dried figs to a stir-fry dish.
Layer chopped dried figs onto pear slices. Top with crumbled blue cheese.
Add to batters and doughs for quick breads and muffins.
Slice dates lengthwise and fill them with peanut, almond or soy butter.