Dried food is shelf-stable. (Astronauts, give a shout!) It’s also lighter. (Time to party out loud, you long-distance hikers!) But usually, it’s not as good tasting as the hydrated version. [… crickets…] Not so with Trader Joe’s Freeze-Dried Fuji Apple Slices. Until you try them for yourself, you won’t believe how they maintain the crunch and sweetness for which freshly picked Fuji’s are so well known.
Fujis are a Japanese innovation of the late 1930s (named, incidentally, not for Mt. Fuji, but for the town of Fujisaki where they were hybridized). In that Northern Japanese town, some apple-loving researchers crossed two American apple varieties—the Red Delicious and the Virginia Ralls Genet. The resulting pomme took the world’s stage in 1962, and has since climbed the charts to become a top-ten hit among the thousands of apple varieties the world has to offer.
Freeze-drying Fujis (vs. dehydrating them) just may be the second great innovation in the life of this fantastic fruit. In any drying process, the point is to remove moisture. The typical dehydration method uses high heat over a long period of time, which tends to destroy vitamins and minerals in the process. Our freeze-drying method first cools and then rapidly and briefly raises the temperature. The process is so fast, moisture is removed without destroying the food’s essential structure.
Toting around our 1.2-ounce, reclosable pouch of Freeze-Dried Fujis will be like keeping a bag of candy handy at all times—except for the part about the entire bag (made from 10 ounces of fresh Fuji apples) containing only 130 calories—zero of those from fat. This no cholesterol, low-sodium “candy” is 100% apples with only a little Vitamin C and Citric acid added for freshness.
We confess, comparing our Freeze-Dried Apple Slices to candy is like comparing apples and oranges. However, after you try them, there will be little doubt in your heart that comparing this apple-snack to fresh Fujis is like comparing apples to apples. See if you don’t agree! Each bag is just $2.99, everyday.