Snacking on fruit and nuts is one of the most delicious ways to improve your diet. While you already know that fruit is the juicy champion that gives us Vitamin C and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals, did you know how powerful nuts are? So powerful that a study found that those who eat a handful of nuts per day are likely to live longer than those who don’t!
If that’s not enough to have you sneaking more fruit and nuts into your lunch box, read our guide that covers the history of dried fruits and nuts, their health benefits and their optimum growing climate.
The History of Dried Fruits
Dried fruits are an important part of some of our most popular products at J.C.’s Quality Foods; fruit and nut mixes. While more households across Australia are seeing the benefits of locally-grown products, the idea of snacking on dried fruits isn’t a new one.
In fact, the process of drying fruit has been around for centuries – or even longer. The intention was to help preserve the fruit, as dried fruit lasted longer and was handy to have around when fresh fruit was in short supply.
Dried fruit goes way back to the bible, which mentions Figs and Raisins. Since then, it has made its way across the west, where grape cultivation was introduced to California in the mid 1800’s. The first Californian raisin crop took place; a product that eventually became a staple of the area. Now, Raisins are enjoyed worldwide, along with dates, Figs, Dried Apples, Apricots, Berries and more!