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Why our dried Apple Fries are different and healthier than other dried apples
We call our dried apples ‘Apple Fries’ since they look like the small Mc Donald French fries that are left after you eat all the big ones. But … our ‘fries’ are super healthy and taste really good. Apple Fries differ from the traditional apple rings not just in shape but more importantly they are healthier because they are produced with the peel of the apple attached and everybody knows that most of the fiber, vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and flavonoids are in the peel. ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ is still a saying that rings true, but it should include the peel! This is what other suppliers do not offer. And you can save money on shipping cost because our apple fries pack almost three times better than apple rings, especially in small packages. We do not add anything to the natural product, no sulfites, no preservatives, just the way it was picked from the tree. These apples are harvested from our own orchards in the lush Snohomish Valley in Western Washington. It is a fact that 58 % of the apple production in the United States is grown in State of Washington. According to the US Department of Agriculture, China is the largest apple producer in the world and in 2014 they exported $300 million worth of apple juice to the US as well as $12 million of preserved apples and $7.7 million worth of dried apples. Only 3 percent of these imports are inspected by the USDA. From time to time reports have surfaced that due to the lack of regulation and oversight in China, imported apple products and other food products are contaminated and endangers the food safety in the US. All the more reasons to buy local and directly from US farmers who grow their own apples.
Apples are considered one of the top ten Super Foods and for good reasons. According to the USDA national nutrient data base, one medium, unpeeled apple has nearly double the fiber, 25 % more potassium and 40 more vitamin A than a peeled apple, just to choose a few important nutrients. That's a significant fiber loss compared to an apple with the skin. Eating plenty of fiber keeps your digestive system working right. Apples with skin have further nutritional assets such as more Iron, more Vitamin A, B6, E and K in comparison with peeled apples.
Eating one ounce of our Apple Fries is the equivalent of eating one half pound of apples and it provides 20% of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber, with no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol! The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating 2 cups of fruit each day. One large apple is the equivalent of two cups of fruit. In addition to the larger doses of vitamins and nutrients, eating the apple skin still has other health advantages as well.
According to a Cornell University report, eating the apple skin might reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, including liver, breast and colon cancer. The peel contains certain compounds that have the power to destroy cancer cells, as well as preventing new cancerous cells from developing. These are lots of reasons to eat apples with the peel attached.
Apple Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: one large apple or 1 oz. of dried apple with skin
Amount per serving: 130 calories
Fat 0 gram Protein - 1 gram
Saturated Fat 0 gram Potassium - 260mg - 7% DV
Trans fat 0 gram Carbohydrate - 34 gram - 11%DV
Cholesterol 0 gram Sugar - 25 gram
Sodium 0 gram Dietary Fiber - 5 gram - 20% DV
Vitamin A - 2 %; Vitamin C - 8 %; Calcium - 2 %; Iron - 4 %
When using dried apples in recipes, you can re hydrate as follows:
Use equal parts of volume, cup for cup, or other quantity of dried apples and boiling water.
Pour boiling water over apples and wait at least 5 minutes before using them in recipes for baking or cooking, then treat them just like you do fresh apples. Keep in mind that 1 oz. of dried fruit may end up to be half a pound after re hydration.
Dried apple will preserve a long time and can be used as snacks or as emergency supply.
Store in air tight plastic bags or containers, no refrigeration is necessary, but keep at regular room temperature or colder.
We currently offer the following apple varieties:
Our dried apples and ‘Apple Fries’ come in packages of 2½ oz., 6 oz. and 10 oz.
If interested in bulk purchases, please contact our office.
To lower the cost of shipping, orders of Apple Fries can be combined with orders from our dried Tropical fruit listings and from the dried Culinary Herb powders and leaves and the ground Pepper.