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(mamamia) - F
Dried Fruits on 05/15/2013 17:44:28 MDT Print View

I would like to know if Dried Fruits are good source of calories when it comes to backpacking, and where to buy them (unsweetened and minimally processed).

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Dried Fruits on 05/15/2013 17:46:29 MDT Print View

Very much so. I normally go to the Bulk Barn. Alternatively, I sometimes do my own. Recommended.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: Dried Fruits on 05/15/2013 17:47:35 MDT Print View

Harmony House

William Segraves
(sbill9000) - F - M
Re: Dried Fruits on 05/15/2013 18:54:24 MDT Print View

"I would like to know if Dried Fruits are good source of calories when it comes to backpacking"

That depends on how you look at it. They're tasty and have lots of potassium, among other nutrients, but the caloric density may not be especially high. Most are well under 100 calories/ounce, and some are labeled as below 80 calories/ounce. Most of the high caloric density foods will of course contain fat, but even among carbohydrate sources, you can get more calories from some other things. Many people, myself included, like to use relatively high caloric density dried fruits as one of their carbohydrate sources, but to call on some others sources as well, both for variety and for the calories.

Cheers,

Bill S.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Dried Fruits on 05/16/2013 11:16:24 MDT Print View

I buy my dried fruit via Amazon, Trader Joe's and Costco - where I can get versions without preservatives. And I also dry them myself as well, stored in glass Mason jars.
Fruit is good for you - full of fiber!

Yes 1000
(mamamia) - F
Re: Re: Dried Fruits on 05/16/2013 11:17:51 MDT Print View

Sarah: Costco sounds cost effective to me, can you tell me which product you normally buy from Costco.

Edited by mamamia on 05/16/2013 12:10:59 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Dried Fruits on 05/16/2013 13:15:26 MDT Print View

Usually Kirkland brands but some name brands. For example, I get my Medjool dates in the produce section, organic Sunmaid raisins in the baking aisle, cherries and blueberries in the snack aisle (they also carry young coconut meat).

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear) - M
Re: Re: Dried Fruits on 05/20/2013 10:27:30 MDT Print View

I get dried figs from Costco as well. I also like to bring dried dates, but i don't get these from Costco anymore as mine doesn't carry the dried, pitted kind lately.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Dried Fruits on 05/20/2013 20:33:32 MDT Print View

http://www.amazon.com/Traverse-Bay-Fruit-Cherries-4-Pound/dp/B000H7LVKY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369103589&sr=8-1&keywords=cherries

They are some of the best dried cherries out there :-)

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Dried Fruits on 05/22/2013 18:36:02 MDT Print View

"(they also carry young coconut meat)."

Sarah -- I have never heard of young coconut meat before. Thank you. I was thinking it is like the veal of the coconut.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: Dried Fruits on 05/22/2013 19:32:46 MDT Print View

Lol.....exactly ;-) Ripped from its tree at a tender age :-D