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Dried fruit in bulk

Naturally Good Food offers a huge range of dried fruit, with many varieties available as organic. If you are looking for just one type of fruit from our extensive range, you can use the search facility.

Advantages of buying bulk dried fruit

Of course the main benefit of buying dried fruit in bulk is the price. As food prices rise, you will know that you have bought at the lowest price, and are insulated from future increases for some time. There are also other benefits that you might not immediately have considered:

  • Buying in bulk gives you the ability to choose from a larger variety of types of fruit. If we don't have what you want listed, we can probably get it. Just contact us.
  • You will always have the ingredients you want, when you need them, in the cupboard. There'll be no more running out of that vital dried fruit ingredient.
  • Dried fruits are almost as good as fresh fruit: one real benefit they have over fresh, garden-picked fruit is that they will stay in the best condition for a long time.

Bulk dried fruit: organic or non-organic?

When choosing what type of dried fruit to go for, it might be worth considering that the drying process has a concentrating effect on everything - including any pesticides. Fresh apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines, pears and cherries are known to contain the most chemical residues, so if you are worried about chemicals in your dried food, purchase organic varieties where possible, or dehydrate your own organic fruits at home. In addition, organically grown, dehydrated fruits are not treated with sulphur dioxide (an additive that maintains colour and helps to keep dried fruits fresh).

Bulk dried fruit as an ingredient


Our dried fruit is favoured by many food producers as a major ingredient in their recipes. Our dried fruit in organic and non-organic form is currently being used as a flavouring by various artisan cheese producers, as well as by cake-makers, to produce some of the richest fruit cakes you can imagine. The key to any great dish is to have the best ingredients: at Naturally Good Food, we choose what we think are the best dried fruits, so that you can make the best finished products.

We even have companies that use our base dried fruit to produce botanical extracts. The uses our dried fruit can be put to are enormous - and as we sell in both large and small quantities, you can start small and get the ingredients right, before moving on to larger-scale production.

 For home uses for bulk dried fruit, you might like to consider the ideas below.

Dried fruit jam

If you like to eat dried fruit at home as part of your diet, but perhaps can't see how you can get through a larger quantity even if the price is right, why not consider making the surplus into jam? The recipe below uses dried apricots and makes around five small jars. Perhaps they might make a nice little present, especially for someone who likes croissants?


Ingredients for dried apricot jam

  • 500g dried apricots
  • 1 1/4 litres water
  • 1kg sugar (preferably soft brown, but white sugar does give a better colour to the jam)
  • 5 jars (approx 250ml size)


Method of making jam

  • Place the dried apricots in a large bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak overnight. If you use our dark, unsulphurised organic apricots, you will get a beautiful dark jam.
  • Pour the apricots and water into a large saucepan. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the apricots become soft. The time taken to get to this stage may well differ depending on the precise type of dried apricots used.
  • Add sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  • Reduce the heat and let the jam simmer. Stir occasionally for one hour, or until the jam gels when tested. Pour into sterilised hot jars. Let stand until cold and then seal.


Enjoy the fruits of your labours!

Dried fruit purees

When our kids were small and at the stage of starting to eat some 'solid' food, we found that cooking dried fruit and then placing small amounts in a tray in the freezer worked very well. This use of bulk dried fruits has many advantages:

  • Most importantly, of course, you know what the kids are eating. If the dried fruit starts as organic, then that is what it will end up as: organic dried fruit puree. If you don't want added sugar, then don't put any in. Dried fruit is generally really sweet, so does not need added sugar. Young children are not accustomed to the taste of sugar anyway, so you don't need to add it at this stage.
  • Convenience: the portion size you freeze can be very small, making this ideal to start off with when weaning. It defrosts quickly, and if a second portion is needed in an emergency, it is not a problem.
  • There's no waste: unlike buying a jar of prepared baby food, where the bit that is left over just sits in the fridge.
  • You can make your own mix of ingredients: one of our kids liked banana and potato (it looked as you would expect, but it went down well).
  • Saves money: all this saves a fortune - dried fruit is not expensive. We also used to keep a few dried organic apricots in a bag for trips out, just to keep the pangs of hunger at bay.


Of course, dried fruit purees are not just for the kids. You can make them more adult by adding some crystallised ginger perhaps, mixing the natural sweetness of the fruit with the spiciness of the ginger. This is perfect with icecream, with the ginger adding just a little extra texture.

A further idea might be to add a bit of vinegar, giving you a quick home-made fruit chutney, using the best of dried fruit.


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