Where do you grow and sun dry your fruit?
We’re located in Patterson, California which is located in the heart of the famed San Joaquin Valley – one of the most productive growing environments in the United States.
Is your fruit really Sun Dried?
Yes. Our family has been growing and producing Sun Dried Fruit in California since 1926! Sun drying fruit is not only our business, but you could also say it is our tradition and avocation – we have over four generations of combined knowledge to bring you the best Sun Dried Fruit you’ll ever taste.
What about sulfites?
SO2 is used as a preservative to inhibit microbial growth and retain product color in Sun Dried Fruit as well as many other food products, medications, and beverages. If you’re part of the less than 1% of the population that is severely allergic to sulfites, you should avoid dried fruit, as well as most wine, some medications, jams, vegetable juice, many condiments, some potato chips, and other foods that contain sulfites.
Are there different types of Dried Fruit?
Yes. Dried Fruit is an "umbrella" term to describe fruit that has been processed to a low moisture level. Dried fruit can be Is in several different ways to remove the moisture: sun drying, freeze drying, flash drying and dehydrating are examples.
Sun Dried Fruit - Traina Process
The best of the harvest is washed, cut, sorted, pre-treated and placed on Redwood trays to dry slowly, naturally under the California sun. The process removes only the water leaving the fruit brilliant in color and concentrated with nutrients and flavor. (Sulfur is used as a preservative and for color retention of light-colored fruit.) In addition to our Traina sun drying process, we also utilize other processes for particular products:
Dehydrated (or tunnel dried) Fruit
Fresh fruit is washed, sorted and placed in an electric dehydrator on wire grids. Fan-circulated air draws moisture from the fruit leaving the fruit very dry. While dehydrated fruit loses some nutrient value, it does not require preservatives.
Organic Dried Fruit
We offer a variety of Organic Sun Dried Fruits; however, due changes with our harvest our product availability can change too. We invite you to visit our website often to view our current selections. To be certified organic, the grower must not use chemical fertilizers or herbicides and must submit their land and produce to stringent testing. Only organically grown fruit, which is dried without any additives, can be called organic dried fruit.
Natural Dried Fruit
Non-organic Sun Dried or Dried Fruit that is processed without preservatives is commonly known as Natural Dried Fruit.
Infused Dried Fruit
In addition to our traditional Sun Dried Fruits and Sun Dried Tomato lines, we have infused fruits. In this process, the moisture of fruit (most typically berries) is drawn from the fruit and replaced with a sugar syrup (with or without fruit juice added) or glycerin.
Are your Sun Dried Fruit products gluten free?
All of our Sun Dried Fruits are naturally gluten free.
Is there much sodium in your products?
Please refer to the product ingredient tab located on each product page.
Does your Sun Dried Fruit contain tree nuts?
We use strict procedures at our plants to ensure that there is no possibility of contamination from peanuts or any tree nut in our Sun Dried Fruit products or our facility. All of our Sun Dried Fruit goes through a water washing process before it is processed. We have a very thorough cleaning and sanitizing process that happens in our facility between shifts and between products. Most importantly, however, our facility is used exclusively for packaging our Sun Dried Fruit.
Our products that contain nuts, which includes our Dried Fruit Blends and Gift Boxes are packaged in separate facilities that also process other types of peanut and tree nuts.
What is the shelf life of Sun Dried Fruit?
One year refrigerated
Do I have to refrigerate the Sun Dried & Dried Fruit?
Heat and/or humidity can damage Sun Dried and Dried Fruit. That's why we always recommend you keep your Sun Dried Fruit at 42° or less.
How should I handle the fruit once I open the package?
Refold the inner plastic bag to preserve moisture, and keep the Dried Fruit refrigerated. Dried Fruit will darken when exposed to heat, including kitchen temperatures.
Do I need to do anything to Sun Dried Fruit before I use it?
Our Sun Dried Fruit is ready to eat or use right from the bag; however, when cooking or baking with Sun Dried & Dried Fruit consider your recipe preparation and adjust liquids accordingly. If using Dried Fruit in a wet recipe like sauces or dressing, no hydration is necessary before adding the Dried Fruit, but remember Dried Fruit will draw moisture away from the sauce. Visit our recipe pages for tips on using sun dried fruit in recipes.