Q. What's Crispy Fruit?
A: Crispy Fruit are 100% freeze-dried fruit slices that are made of real fruit and nothing else. The taste in Crispy Fruit comes from the fresh fruit itself. There is no sugar, sweeteners or other additives used to enhance the tastes or appearance. Crispy Fruit does not contain preservatives.
Q. How's Crispy Fruit prepared?
A: Crispy Fruit are prepared by using a sophisticated freeze-drying process where water is removed from the fresh fruit in a cold (freezing) vacuum condition, leaving behind the true essence of the fruit in a light and crispy texture. Go visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeze-drying to learn more about how freeze drying work.
Q. What are the benefits of freeze-dried fruits?
A: The major benefits of freeze-dried fruit are:
Light and flavorful
Retain nearly all the nutrients of fresh fruit
Convenient - having natural fruit at your finger tips all the time!
No additives or preservatives
No fat, no cholesterol
Low in calories
Q. What are the light, white substances sometimes seen on the surface of freeze-dried fruits?
A. The light, white substances seen on the surface of freeze-dried fruits are sugar or other nutrients (i.e. proteins and vitamins) naturally occurring in the products. Because freeze-drying removes water almost 100%, even a small amount of sugar and nutrients appearing on the surface of the products would be converted to their solid state, which show up as light, white materials. Sometimes they are mistaken for foreign objects or contaminations by untrained eyes, but there is nothing to worry about. This appearance is an intrinsic character of freeze-dried food products.
Q. Can freeze-dried fruits turn soggy?
A: Yes, freeze-dried fruits can turn soggy because of the way they are dried. Freeze-dried fruits have a sponge-like character and they absorb moisture quickly when exposed to air. They can also turn soggy in high temperature (i.e. inside a trunk of a car in a hot summer day) even when left unopened. However, this phenomenon can be easily corrected by putting the unopened bag in a cool place (such as inside a fridge or next to an AC vent). It's important to note that if Crispy Fruit turns soggy - refrigerating the product will make them crispy once again.
Q. What do you do when Crispy Fruit is no longer crispy?
A: As a general recommendation, we advise users to store unopened packages in a cool, dry place. To maintain the crispiness of the Crispy Fruit, keep the opened bags in an air-tight container or refrigerate unfinished bags. Refrigeration can rejuvenate the crispiness of freeze-dried fruit to certain degree.
Q. What other ways can Crispy Fruit be consumed besides snacking?
A: Crispy Fruit like any other freeze-dried fruits is very versatile ingredients in the kitchen. They are prefect complement for your cereal or yogurt, and even in baked goods. They are delicious no matter which way you serve them.
Q. Are Crispy Fruit products organic?
A: No, our products are not organic certified. However, they do not contain any skin of the fruit, which is the major carrier of chemical and environmental contaminants.
Q. Are Crispy Fruit products allergens free?
A: Crispy Fruit is made of 100% fruit and contains no known allergens except the fruit itself.
Q. What’s the difference between FruitziO and Crispy Fruit?
A: There are two key differences between FruitziO and our legacy line of Crispy Fruit:
1- Crispy Green(R) Crispy Fruit is made from fruit that are 100% fresh before drying. However, many fruits (i.e. strawberries) cannot be kept fresh for an extended period of time. In the FruitziO(R) line, we use a combination of fresh fruit and flash frozen fruit as the starting materials. In some cases, a hint of sugar is added to FruitziO to make the product taste more consistent all year round.
2- We increased the size of the package and used a resealable pouch to reduce the need for small size packs, while keeping the calories for each bag 100 calories or less.
Q: Do flash frozen fruit have the same nutritional values as the fresh fruit?
A: Yes, they have. Please more information, please read this article.
Q: Consider the recent outbreak of Listeria in Cantaloupe, is Crispy Cantaloupe safe for consumption?
A: Yes. Our Crispy Cantaloupe is freeze-dried, which maintains the nutrients and taste. Listeria are bacteria that need cool, moist conditions to thrive, the exact opposite conditions of the freeze-drying used to make Crispy Cantaloupe.
In addition, the listeria outbreak has been linked directly to a farm in Colorado. The cantaloupe we use in our Crispy Cantaloupe is grown in Asia and goes through a rigorous quality testing process.
If you are concerned about listeria and still want to eat cantaloupe, go the safe route and eat Crispy Cantaloupe.