Out for the day? Think there will be few restaurants and hunger is a concern? Simply fill a baggie with mixed dried fruits, and add some nuts and shredded coconut, if you wish. It won’t spoil, it’s light to carry, it’s an energy booster, it tastes good, it’s good for you and its’ relatively cheap. You are good to go!
Fruit is dried by removing most of its water content by sun drying or dehydrating. Today, pears, dates, apples, prunes, peaches, figs and apricots are considered traditional dried fruits as opposed to many fruits such as cranberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries and mangos which are dried by infusing with a sweetener. Sulfur dioxide is sometimes added to the fruit to improve its shelf life and color. If you’re allergic to it, you can usually find unsulfured, dried fruit in health food stores.
The earliest occurrence of dried fruit was in Mesopotamia about 1700 BCE. It soon spread to Greece and Italy where the people became very fond of it. Plums, peaches and apricots, however, have their origins in Asia recorded back near 3000 BCE.