May 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm #1302976
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).May 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm #1986519
Very much so. I normally go to the Bulk Barn. Alternatively, I sometimes do my own. Recommended.May 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm #1986520
Gary DunckelBPL Member
Harmony HouseMay 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm #1986552
Bill SegravesBPL Member
"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.
Bill S.May 16, 2013 at 10:16 am #1986795
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!May 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #1986797
Sarah: Costco sounds cost effective to me, can you tell me which product you normally buy from Costco.May 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm #1986838
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).May 20, 2013 at 9:27 am #1987878
just Justin WhitsonMember
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.May 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm #1988137
They are some of the best dried cherries out there :-)May 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm #1988836
"(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.May 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm #1988853
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