D. Brickman now carries a variety of dried fruits. Among these products are dried Cranberries, Apricots, Cherries, Currants, Blueberries and diced Apples. Dried Fruits are very versatile. They can be used in baked goods, salads, sauces, stuffing, trail mixes, hot cereals, muffins, scones, fruit cakes and for homemade ice cream. They are a great way to mix things up on your menu and or at home. All of the dried fruit items are sold in 5lb boxes.
Cranberries are also called bounce berries, a fresh Cranberry will bounce if dropped. Cranberries have traditionally been associated with Thanksgiving, mainly because Thanksgiving falls in the middle of Cranberry season. Dried Cranberries are available year round and add a wonderful tang to winter stuffings and summer salads. Cranberries are a great source of Vitamin C and they are reputed to help maintain healthy PH levels in the renal system. No sulfates. Dried Cranberries are mechanically dried.
Turkish Apricots date back thousands of years and are believed to have originated in China. Apricots are a beautiful bright orange in color with a delicate, sweet flavor. Fresh Apricots have a very short growing season and are very fragile. The dried fruit offers all of the taste of its fresh counterpart without the limited seasonality. Turkish Apricots are sun-dried. Dried Apricots are great as a snack just as they are. They're wonderful diced and added to muffins or scones. The flavor of Apricots blends well with citrus.
Fruit Fusion (Mixed Fruit)
The Fruit Fusion mixed pack contains; Tart Cherries, Diced Apricots, Raisins and Diced Apples. All of these delicious fruits are joined together to create this fantastic Fruit Fusion. The contrast between the tartness of the Cherries and Apples, and the sweet background of the Apricots and Raisins, is perfect many applications.
Mangoes are native to Southeast Asia and have been cultivated there and in other areas for 6000 years. Three fourths of all mangoes come from Asia. Mangoes come in different sizes, colors and flavors. The dried mango we sell is a deep orange-red with a very sweet and rich flavor. Mango is sweet and flavorful added to muffins, quick breads and fruit salads.
Bing Cherries are the most flavorful variety of sweet cherries. They are a large, extra sweet cherry that turns a deep purple when ripe. Cherries are grown in twenty countries with the United States being the leader in production. Cherry trees are also famous for the beautiful white flowers which grace the trees in the spring. These flowers are a symbol of friendship; the Governor of Tokyo gave the famous cherry trees to Washington D.C. in 1912.
Dried Apples are the fruit of a deciduous tree that is botanically close to the rose. Apples are a well-known and favorite fruit throughout the United States. Apples become ripe in the fall though they are now available fresh year round. Dried Apples have the advantage of plenty of apple flavor without any of the problems associated with storing seasonal fruit for long periods of time. Our Apples are peeled, dried and cored.
The origin of the word "currant" is unclear. Most likely the name comes from a distortion of the name of the Helenistic city, "Corinth". It was from this location that currants were shipped across the ancient world. Dried Zante Currants look like petite raisins. The flavor of a currant is reminiscent of raisins but they have a lighter flavor and an almost licorice undertone. Currants are low in calories and high in Vitamin C. Dried Zante Currants are Sun-dried.
These delicious berries grow on bushes, both cultivated and in the wild. Though the wild berries are a favorite of the black bear, it is the cultivated berries that make their way into food markets. When dried they retain all of their sweetness, but become more versatile Blueberries have a reputation for increasing night vision, and, therefore, were eaten by British pilots during World War I. Think of blueberries as an alternative to raisins. No sulfites. Dried Blueberries are mechanically dried.