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The latest food sample to hit our office came in small silver pouches and was called “Crispy Green.” Inside each pouch were freeze-dried pieces of a single type of fruit: apple, apricot, peach, pineapple, and pear.

The upside: these are pure fruit, with no additives or preservatives of any kind, making Crispy Green a neat way to always have fruit on hand (no spoiling, no sticky juice, no peeling). The downside: the taste and texture wasn’t a hit with everyone.

Unlike their dried fruit counterparts, these freeze dried pieces are crisp and airy. With less than 40 calories per pouch, I like the idea of having these on hand as an emergency source of fruit (on a plane, perhaps). And they are certainly a better choice than a pouch of M&Ms. But they’ll never take the place of a real piece of fruit.  And at $1.49 per pouch, they aren’t the cheapest of snack choices.

What do you think? Has anyone tried freeze-dried fruit?


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  • SophyB | 06/16/2009

    These look interesting. I would agree on the emergency food idea. Have you ever been to a space museum where they have the freeze dried astronaut food? That's what these remind me of.

  • rinas | 06/15/2009

    Great snack, available at Fresh Market in Florida. Quite expensive for a pack of 6 the cost is $8.99 . The peaches are delicious.

  • pumkinfolk | 06/15/2009

    Thanks for these ideas. I've become fed up with my snack choices of late. Maybe there is more to life than potato chips after all (but can I add salt to these freeze-dried goodies?)

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