Gourmet Dried Fruits &Nuts LLC.

Many people have started stocking up on non-perishable goods and items. Either as preppers preparing for a worst case scenario or just people starting to live a more self sustained life. While canned goods and dried goods are a great addition to any long-term pantry storage, to maintain a healthy diet and a healthy body fruits are needed as well. No one can deny that nuts are a great source of protein, healthy fatty oils, and many other trace nutrients our bodies need.

Enter Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit LLC.

“Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit LLC was established in 2009 by a recent high school graduate, Todd Lieberman, with the support of his family.

Based out of Hanover, NJ, Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit LLC can be found at farmer's markets all over the northeast region of the US and they also participate in numerous prodigious events such as the 9th avenue International Food Festival. Now in an attempt to bring the farmer's market to the internet they have launched in online store located at https://gourmetnutsanddriedfruit.com/.

Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit LLC prides itself on being able to healthy and beautiful giveaways, presents or simply help its customers to stay healthy with their variety of all natural snacks”

If you've ever bought dried fruit at a grocery store, you are well aware of the high cost for even a small portion. Most of the fruit you purchase from a grocer has also had preservatives added to them “for freshness” it says. But dried fruits keep well enough on their own if packaged and stored properly.

Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit LLC specialize in additive-free bulk dried fruits and nuts. Hence their name. Simple. Delicious. Brilliant. Bulk purchasing is great for long-term planning, holiday cooking and baking, making gift baskets, etc...

I don't know about you, but I love pecans! As a child we had pecan trees in our yard. I would spend hours picking the pecans, cracking them, and eating my fill. Mom also made delicious pecan pies! But purchasing even a small container in a store is highway robbery!

Want to make almond butter? Again, almonds are another high-cost nut. But when you buy in bulk, the price is more reasonable. And the quality of the products I sampled would surpass any high-end specialty shop. I received 5 pounds, yes pounds, of shelled pecans. They did all the hard work for me! Double score! These were sweet, chewy, yummy pecans without any shell bits. Perfect for a handful snack anytime, or for baking. Pecans are freezer safe too.

Raw shelled pecans from Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit, LLC.

Also included in my care package were dried tart cherries, dried apricots, dried strawberries, dried figs, and dried dates. They arrived in a round wooden divider tray, perfect for reuse after all the fruit is gone. The tray itself with the fruit makes for a nice center piece. I can also see using it to serve various nuts, chips and dip, candies, or even flowers.

But the fruit? Oh the fruit! These weren't diced, chunked, sliced, little pieces of fruit. No, they were whole fruit. Dried whole fruit! Now here's where my taste buds betray me. On a personal level, I wasn't crazy about the dates or the the figs. The figs were better than the dates, but it wasn't anything to do with the fruit itself. Its merely a personal preference. They smelled delicious. The texture was just right, not too chewy or leathery. However, I've never been a big fan of figs or dates.

Dried whole dates from Gourmet Nuts & Fruit,LLC

And here's where it gets interesting. I don't usually like apricots or cherries either. My cherry aversions can be credited to the movie “The Witches of Eastwick”. When I first opened my package, I thought the dried cherries were cranberries, which I love. Tasting them though they were sweeter than any cranberries I'd ever had. I loved these things! What WERE they? Looking them up I was shocked to see they were dried cherries, and I was munching down on them! Oh yes.

Dried tart cherries from Gourmet Nuts & Fruit, LLC

On to the apricots. I tentatively tried one, only to be fair in tasting everything. While I don't like regular apricots, these whole dried ones are really good! Color me surprised. So my point in this is, even if you don't normally like a particular fruit don't knock the dried version until you try it. Something in the drying process makes them sweeter. And again, Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit LLC manages to dry the whole fruit without them becoming too chewy or leathery.

Finally, I must rave about the strawberries. Oh the strawberries! I love strawberries. My mother and I used to go to the flea market on Sundays and buy a flat of strawberries. Of course we'd sit there to people watch and snack on the strawberries usually until half the flat was gone. I've never seen a whole dried strawberry. They are dark red, shiny, and feel a little gummy between your fingers. Then you pop one in your mouth and nearly melt at the sweet strawberry goodness. These things are like candy! I had to make myself slow down on eating them so I'd have enough to add some to strawberry muffins. And yes, dried fruit does cook and and bake well!

Dried whole strawberries from Gourmet Nuts & Fruit, LLC

If anyone is looking for a place to purchase bulk fruits and nuts, look no further. Check out their website and see for yourself. They have whole and sliced fruits. Everything from strawberries and blueberries, to papaya and guava. They even have whole dried bananas. Now THAT is something I'd like to try. I've already made a shopping list of about half their inventory items that I simply must have! And nuts? Nuts upon nuts upon nuts. Just about every kind of nut you can think of you can purchase from them in bulk. They even have wasabi. But remember, no small portions. They specialize solely in bulk.

Final thoughts? Can I have some more strawberries please??

~sierra sugar

(Thank you Gigi and to the good folks at Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit LLC for my very delicious trial package!)