Dried fruit is great for many different reasons.
In this blog we’re going to look past the delicious taste and sweet, chewy feel and delve more into the health benefits that come with this nutritious snack.
Here at Kooky, we don’t sell your average dried fruits.
Our products are a delightful fusion of taste and health and are always packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Our online shop takes you on a journey to Thailand and beyond and our fruit selection is what sets us apart from our competitors (just wait for our dried durian).
We know we have the taste right, so let’s show you what makes us special in the health department as well.
5 Flavours and Their Health Benefits
Let’s start with a real fan favourite, the banana box.
This was one of our first products here at Kooky, and it has stood the test of time for its flavour and nutritional value.
Every dried fruit in the box originates from Thai bananas and nothing else. That’s right, these delicious treats are 100% fruit. Did we tell you, for the chewy banana, we use a variety called Nam Wah, small and plump, cousin of the lady fingers variety, less sweet than the cavendish bananas, tasting a bit like figs!
So, what makes these such a great choice for your health?
Well, to start with bananas are high in fibre which is great for lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar level.
Sometimes high-fibre foods are also high in calories, but not our banana box, which is only 84k kcal per pack.
Well, our natural snacks are loaded with plenty of helpful antioxidants which are ideal for building immune support, heart health, and mental wellbeing.
Put simply, this is a health kick that tastes great and can be used in loads of different ways (if you haven’t added these to your baking ingredients yet you’re missing out).
People often say the first bite is with the eyes when discussing the importance of how a food looks.
We have to say that we agree here at Kooky, and that’s why we’ve chosen only the red-flesh variation of dragon fruit which always provides a striking appearance as you open the pack. That’s right, we don’t mix them with the more basic white-flesh, nothing but the premium red-flesh and each 20g pack contains half a medium-sized red dragon fruit from Thailand.
Dragon fruit is known for its sweet and floral fragrance and when dried it retains a soft, chewy texture but with a slight crunch.
It’s the best of both worlds.
And it gets even better when you consider the health benefits.
These are again packed with antioxidants, and also offer some great vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C which can lower the risk of heart disease, iron which supports body growth and development, and a whopping 11% of your daily magnesium which is essential for healthy muscles and bones.
It looks great. It tastes great. It’s great for you.
It’s the perfect combination of goodness wrapped up in a tasty treat.
You may have heard of jackfruit before, but not in dried form and certainly not as freeze dried.
This fruit is rapidly gaining popularity with vegetarians and vegans (did we mention our products are always vegan?) who are looking to use it as a meat substitute.
This is a bit of a different option as it isn’t quite as sweet as our other products and packs a little more crunch.
This is another fruit packed with fibre. In fact, a cup of jackfruit contains four times the amount of fibre than a cup of rice (with 40% of the carbohydrates).
A key thing to consider here is the calorie count.
Our dried jackfruit is often used as a replacement for crisps. Crisps are often high in calories and low in most of the healthy stuff, which doesn’t make them ideal.
Jackfruit is a brilliant alternative, and at only 41 calories per pack, it’s certainly better for people looking to lower their daily intake.
If you love a bit of tang in your snacks, then our mango box is the ideal choice for you.
Packed with sweetness and a punchy flavour, these are ideal for eating on their own or as part of a bigger recipe.
If you’ve ever been to Thailand, you may have realised the wonders of this fruit in the popular dessert which sees it partnered with sticky rice. Yes, that’s right, we only use the premium Nam Dok Mai mango variety, pricey and rare to find in the UK.
Our mango dried fruits contain nothing but the good stuff, with no added sugar. They are also very different to other crunchy mango, our Kooky version is freeze dried and melt in your mouth, reducing therefore the risk of choking for the toddlers.
They are packed with helpful enzymes which provide a wide range of benefits, especially how they lend a hand with digestion.
Not only that, but it is another choice rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals, and contains a nice dose of folic acid, which again can help with bowel health and indigestion.
This is one of our sweetest-tasting products, and it works great in desserts as something that is packed with flavour but doesn’t contain all the calories that you would expect in something that tastes so good.
We finish with the queen of fruits.
The mangosteen is a real favourite amongst customers at Kooky, and there are plenty of reasons why.
By weight, mangosteen is one of the most expensive fruits on earth, as the eatable part (white cloves inside the fruit) represents about a third of the total weight of the fresh fruit.
As always, our dried mangosteen is high in vitamins and nutrients and low in calories, making it a great fruity snack for adults and children alike.
We love all things unique here at Kooky, and the mangosteen falls into this category nicely. It contains a class of antioxidants known as xanthones.
Studies have shown this to have a huge effect on health, reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
It also does great things for your immune system and overall wellness.
As one of your five a day and coming with unique qualities like this, it’s no wonder people are loving this new product.
Dried Fruit from Kooky
We hope this blog has left you wanting to try some of these nutritional snacks for yourself.
Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a versatile cooking ingredient, or simply a tasty treat, we have you covered here at Kooky.
These are the guilt-free snacks you have been waiting for, so go ahead and indulge.
Want to know more? Then get in touch with our team today.