Freeze-dried fruits have numerous advantages that make them appreciated. Here are the main reasons why freeze-dried fruits are consumed:
Optimal nutrient preservation : The freeze-drying process is the only method that allows for the preservation of almost all heat-sensitive nutrients. Phytonutrients, probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals present in the fruits are retained because the process is conducted at cold temperatures. Unlike commercially dried fruits at temperatures above 45°C, you can get a full dose of nutrients by consuming freeze-dried fruits.
Taste and texture : Freeze-drying preserves the aroma, color, and natural flavor of the fruits, making them a delicious and enjoyable snack with a firm texture for both adults and children. Freeze-dried fruits have the same appearance as fresh fruits, are crunchy, and provide a highly satisfying taste experience. To draw a comparison, it's somewhat like a plant-based meringue!
Extended shelf life and easy portability : Freeze-dried fruits can be easily stored for months or even years without deteriorating or requiring refrigeration. Moreover, since all the water has been removed through sublimation, these fruits are very light, compact, and easy to carry. They are ideal for healthy snacking for kids (who love them), traveling, camping, hiking, afternoon snacks, whether on a plane, bicycle, or scooter. They are not fragile and are not prone to damage or crushing like fresh fruits. The only requirement is to properly reseal the pouch after use to prevent moisture from getting in.
Variety of choices : Freeze-dried fruits offer a wide range of choices. Opting for tropical fruits has the advantage that they are freeze-dried once they have ripened in their country of origin, making their nutritional content superior to fruits picked before ripening and transported to Europe. You can find bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and many other fruits, some of which you might discover for the first time, such as durian or jackfruit. Even off-season, you can enjoy the taste and benefits of your favorite fruits all year round.