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Naturally Good Food's guide to organic dried fruit

Drying is the oldest process of preserving food and was developed in the time when only organic fruit was available. With organic dried fruit, you simply get the fruit, without sulphur dioxide (which is sometimes used as a drying agent in non-organic fruit). Much of the conventional fruit we eat still has pesticide residues on the skin -  in many dried, non-organic fruits, where you eat the skin, you will consume much of the pesticides, residues or contaminates that remain on the skins of the fruit.

One of the great things with organic dried fruit is that you can enjoy fruit from around the world all year round. As the fruit is not air-freighted, the environmental impact is much less than it would otherwise be. If you choose the Fairtrade option, you can also help with development issues relating to the fruit's producers.

Dried fruit, like fresh fruit, can be rich in vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper and manganese).

Dried fruit may have a more intense flavour than fresh fruit, due to the lack of water.


Organic dried fruit as part of your five a day

Eating dried fruit can count as part of your five a day. The UK Food Standards Agency states: 'Dried fruit, including raisins, is a healthy choice if you want a snack, because it's full of fibre and vitamins and counts towards your daily fruit and veg portions. Prunes and dried apricots contain beta-carotene, while figs, prunes, raisins, sultanas and dried apricots are good sources of iron.'

While the most recent research suggests that eating five a day only cuts down the risk of cancer by about 2.5%, it notes that eating lots of fruit and vegetables may provide protection against cardiovascular disease. Cancer UK concluded from this:


'It's still a good idea to eat your five-a-day, but remember that fruits and vegetables are pieces in a much larger lifestyle jigsaw.'


How big a portion counts

Again, the UK Food Standards Agency gives some good advice: 'A portion of dried fruit is smaller than a portion of fresh fruit. Half to one tablespoon of raisins counts as one portion of fruit and veg.'

Organic dried fruit as a snack

If you are trying to lose weight, you need to cut out unhealthy snacks. Try substituting dried fruit. Unlike fresh fruit, this always travels well and you can keep in your desk or bag to snack on. If you choose the organic option, it is less likely to have added sugar. Changing your snacking habit is only a small lifestyle change - but it could make a big difference to your health.

Eat food not supplements

It is important to eat a range of food, and not rely on supplements for your nutrition. Eating dried fruit as part of a balanced diet can provide important nutrients. UK Cancer Research reports: 'There is strong evidence that the nutrients in fruit and vegetables do not reduce the risk of cancer when they are taken as supplements. High doses of supplements could even have harmful effects.' The other important point to make is that supplements are boring, but food is fun!

We like to offer a full range of dried fruit, most of which is Soil Association Organic standard. We pack a great deal of dried fruit ourselves and can offer many combinations of sizes, with a standard 10% case discount on all purchases.

Included in our organic dried fruit range are:

A guide to individual fruits, including our great range of organic dried fruit:

Dried apple rings:  Crazy Jack Organic apple rings are naturally a bit darker than conventional apple pieces, as they have not been treated with additives to preserve the colour. They are great for snacking on straight from the pack, or can add sweetness to a dish when cooking. Alternatively, they can be soaked and used as compote. Because they have been dried, they tend to hold their shape quite well once cooked and do not 'mash' easily like fresh apple.




Dried apricots: all our dried apricots are organic. There are three options to choose from: you can have our own organic apricots, packed in various sizes, or purchase Crazy Jack apricots, in both the traditional and the 'Ready to Eat' range. As all our dried apricots are organic, they are naturally dark, as they have not been treated with sulphur dioxide as a preservative. The result is that all have a rich, dark and intense flavour - deliciously sweet. Dried naturally in the sun, they have a firm texture and are perfect for snacks - keep them in a desk for a mid-morning snack, or take them out in the fresh air when walking! Our apricots are also a good source of fibre. Dried organic apricots are much closer to fresh apricots than conventional dried apricots: move to the organic dried fruit aisle and you will appreciate the difference.


Dried bananas: we sell both organic and non-organic banana chips. Our organic banana chips are from Crazy Jack and are unsweetened and air-dried. Our other option is the Tropical Wholefoods Fairtrade Chewy Banana chips - these again are air-dried, and being Fairtrade, you know the producers are getting a fair price.


Dried blueberries: we stock both our own packed blueberries, which we source from Community Foods, and Crazy Jack blueberries. Both options are organic. These blueberries are natural, small, dark berries with a strong, intense flavour. They grow best in cold wet, northern climates and can endure temperatures as low as -20°C. They are a favourite snack of bears, birds and other creatures, including humans! Sugar has been added to preserve the fruit and keep it soft enough to eat straight from the pack (without sugar, the blueberries would be excessively dry and hard). Dried blueberries are a good store-cupboard dried fruit.



Cherries: if cake-baking is your thing, we have some great glace cherries, both organic and non-organic. The Crazy Jack organic glace cherries are infused with organic sugar to preserve them. They have no added colours, so are not the typical bright red you would expect from other sources, but are perfect for putting on top of a Black Forest Gateau. We also stock conventional glace cherries in a variety of sizes.


Dried cranberries: cranberries are well known for their health benefits, especially their antioxidant properties. Our conventionally produced cranberries are available in large bags, making them especially good value. Our organic cranberries come from Crazy Jack and are produced in the USA and Canada. Grown organically, and dried whole, these berries differ from those offered by many other suppliers, as they are not squeezed to extract the juice before they are dried. This accounts for their dark colour and great flavour. It also ensures that they are as nutritionally beneficial as they should be.


Currants: currants are one of the basic dried fruits we are all accustomed to. At Naturally Good Food, we stock Crazy Jack organic currants, which come from their traditional home in Greece, around Vostizza, where the finest currants are prepared. Currants are grown from dark red grape varieties and contain very tiny seeds. The dried fruit is very small, wrinkled and black in colour, and the flavour is absolutely gorgeous - unlike any other! Crazy Jack currants are not as sweet as raisins or sultanas, but have a more perfumed flavour. We also stock our own packed currants, which are all organic and great value.


Dates: dates are grown in very dry climates and are an incredibly resilient plant. In addition to being high in fibre, they are rich in calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. As dates are easily digested, they give a quick release of energy. They are also well known for their laxative properties. Dates can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, adding texture and flavour, while chopped dates help to retain moisture in cake mixes. Putting your dates in the freezer for an hour before you need to chop them will make them much easier to use. All the dates we sell are organic; we have our own packed in a variety of sizes and, of course, Crazy Jack dates.


Figs: like dates, figs are a very versatile fruit, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Dried figs are much easier to use than fresh figs, as they are much more robust (also, in the UK, fresh figs are not always available). As dried figs are much bigger than most other dried fruit, they can be easily stuffed with nuts or honey. They can also be added to muffins, cakes and muesli bars. Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals and fibre, with large amounts of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. Our dried figs are available in our own packs; we also have the Ready to Eat option from Crazy Jack.


Dried mango: mangoes are one of the most widely grown of tropical fruits and come in a great variety of flavours. At Naturally Good Food, we stock Crazy Jack organic mango, which comes from Burkina Faso – one of the world’s financially poorest nations, with severe drought and soil erosion problems. Crazy Jack have a project there which has helped set up some drying ovens for mangoes. Just one variety of mango is used (the 'Brooks' variety): this is perfumed and sweet, without too much acid, and no soapiness. The mango is picked when it is very ripe, washed, peeled, sliced by hand and dried on racks. There are no added colours, preservatives, flavours or sugar. Crazy Jack mango pieces will vary in colour and flavour from season to season, as the fruit is not processed to make its appearance identical (some suppliers add sugar, which masks any variance in flavour, and then add colour to ensure a uniform appearance – Crazy Jack do not). Naturally Good Food also stocks the Tropical Wholefoods mango, which again comes from Burkina Faso.


Dried organic pear: dried pears are not a commonly used fruit, which is a pity, as they have a sweet, concentrated pear flavour. Perhaps they are not the most appealing of fruit to look at, but these unsulphured organic dried pears have a delicious taste, and a soft but firm texture.


Dried pineapple: as with the dried mango, we stock both Crazy Jack and Tropical Wholefoods dried pineapple. Crazy Jack organic pineapple comes mainly from Sri Lanka, but they also source from the Far East and are looking at setting up a project in Kenya. The pineapple is dried without adding sugar and without any preservatives, so it is darker than conventional pineapple. Having no added sugar, it is not so sweet as conventional pineapple, but does taste much more of the original fruit! Crazy Jack look out for good, ripe pineapples, with plenty of colour in the fruit, and with flavour as the essential criterion. Because the product is dried naturally, and the fruit varies from season to season, their pineapple will vary in taste and flavour, but will always be very good. The Tropical Wholefoods sun-dried pineapple is made from Smooth Cayenne pineapples. These are finely sliced and dried in solar driers; they are 100% sugar- and sulphur-free, with a sweet and zingy flavour. Excellent for the digestion too!



Prunes: prunes are dried plums, but not all plums can become prunes. To become a prune, a plum needs to have a soft, thin and sweet skin. In addition, the fruit needs to be full of natural sugar, so that it will preserve well when dried. We choose larger prunes to pack at Naturally Good Food, so that you get a naturally sweet fruit with a soft texture. The combination of fibre, natural sugars and antioxidants in prunes, as well as their great flavour, makes them a superb healthy snack for you. We sell both natural dried prunes and the Crazy Jack soft 'Ready to Eat' prunes, which have a higher moisture content. Our prunes do not contain any artificial preservatives, such as potassium sorbate, which can be found in conventional prunes. Dried prunes have a strong 'humectant' - meaning water-absorbing - effect. This means that not only are they good for the digestion, but with the combination of sugars and soluble fibre, make an excellent fat replacement in baking.


Raisins: raisins are dried grapes; it takes about 4½ kg of grapes to produce about 1kg of raisins. Our dark raisins are dried directly in the sun, turning the sugars in the grapes a dark colour and giving the raisins a rich caramel flavour. Our raisins are also lightly oiled, to ensure a free-flowing fruit.


Sultanas: we stock the Crazy Jack sultanas, which are sourced from Turkey and come in 375g packs. If you want a larger pack size, we have our own sultanas, packed to Soil Association Organic Standard, in a variety of sizes up to 12.5kg.


Dried mixed fruit: our organic mixed fruit is ideal for baking, containing a mix of the finest sultanas, raisins and currants. If you don't bake frequently, or don't want to mix your own fruit, our mixed fruit is the answer, as it is ready to bake straight from the pack.


Mixed peel: our organic mixed peel comes from Crazy Jack; it's a combination of finely diced lemon and orange peel, preserved in syrup. It contains no added colours, flavours or preservatives and is mainly used as a baking ingredient in cake mixes. The lemon peel comes from Sicily and the orange peel either from Spain or Brazil. In addition, we pack our own non-organic mixed peel at Naturally Good Food. If you want larger quantities of mixed peel, please let us know.


Ginger: crystallised ginger makes a great snack, especially if you feel a bit queasy. We stock both organic and non-organic ginger, giving you the choice.

 Dried fruit producers

In the UK we are among the world's largest consumers of dried fruit, both in terms of total volume and in consumption per head. Therefore, we have the chance to influence the rest of the world, as much of the dried fruit we eat here is imported. So if you have the choice:

  • eat organic dried fruit
  • eat Fairtrade dried fruit.

 At Naturally Good Food we like to offer both these options.

One of our main organic dried fruit suppliers is Crazy Jack, who in the early 1980s, when there were no organic figs being produced, set up a project with farmers to start their production.




In addition, in this section we have crystallised ginger, mixed peel and mixed fruit. Our full listing of dried fruit is contained on this page: just scroll up for the product range and down for a quick guide to the dried fruit on offer, where we list our bulk range of dried fruit.


One favourite superfruit we can offer you is goji berries in various sizes, and in both organic and conventional form.

Dried fruit in cakes


There is nothing quite like a piece of home-made fruit cake with a cup of tea in the afternoon! With our wide range of organic dried fruit, you can make the cake that is just right for you. With our mixed fruit, you have a ready selection of the best in dried fruit. On the recipe page you will find some good recipe ideas to try.

Organic dried fruit hints and tips

Organic Dried fruit Tips and Hints

Below you will find some hints and tips on working with organic dried fruit. Most importantly, remember that it should taste good! 


  • Crazy Jack apple rings are superb added to water when boiling cabbage and then served with roast pork. 
  • If you make a gingerbread man, use currants for his eyes and buttons!
  • Place your dates in the freezer for an hour beforehand to make them easier to chop. Dip your knife in hot water from time to time to stop them sticking.
  • Making date paste: place dates in a bowl, cover with hot water, leave overnight, drain off excess water, then blend to make the paste.
  • Apricots may be substituted for their cousins, peaches and nectarines, in most recipes - feel free to experiment.
  • Dried cherries keep cakes, muffins, and cookies moist. For easier chopping, use an oiled knife or blade.
  • To soften fruit quickly, use steam. Rinse pieces with water and place no more than 2 layers on a steaming rack over about 1 inch of boiling water. Cover pan and steam fruit until soft.
  • Larger fruits, such as apricots, may need some dicing so that the fruit is bite-sized and mixes well into a cake batter.
  • Dried blueberries and apples can be added to pancake batter for a taste only beaten by fresh fruit.
  • Chopped dates can help retain moisture in cake mixes. Also chop and add to porridge before cooking to add flavour and sweetness.
  • If you are a keen runner, cyclist or hill-walker, and plan to go out for an hour or more, take on board real carbohydrates instead of the normal sports drink - try home-made flapjacks or our dried fruit.
  • If you need to stay in hospital, don't forget some dried fruit: you can add it to the rather boring hospital porridge to give a bit of taste. Runny honey also works well on porridge. Clearspring fruit purees, in pots, are another good hospital stand-by, as they are so easy to digest.
  • Dried organic apricots are a good source of nutrition for babies and toddlers: start to introduce them after six months. With organic apricots, you can be sure of avoiding the sulphur used as a preservative in many non-organic apricots. The soft variety are really sweet and will puree fairly easily.
  • Dry adding dried fruit, such as our dried organic mango, to your rice pudding, for a fruity pud.


If you have any ideas or hints you think we could add to this section on organic dried fruit, please let us know! 


Organic dried fruit recipes

Organic dried fruit is a great ingredient that can be used in a huge number of recipes. Below you will find some of our favourites - we hope you try a few and enjoy them as much as we do. 


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Mince Pie Filling - while stocks last - 320g

Mince Pie Filling - while stocks last - 320g


organic gluten free dairy free

Item price: £3.55

6 for £19.20 £3.20 ea

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