“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pineapple „
I have a new favourite type of dried fruit, and it's this, Tesco's whole foods pineapple pieces. A 100g bag currently costs about £1.50 (sometimes it's £1.99, but more often than not they're on special offer - or a buy two for £3 deal). One bag gives you a suggested four servings; the stuff is so tasty and 'moreish' I'd say it's more like three servings per bag (or even two) though. Unfortunately, drying the fruit seems to rob it of most of its nutritional value - it's got about 350 calores per 100g, most of that from natural fruit sugars (this stuff is 100% pineapple; they don't even add sulphur dioxide as a preservative) - it's more than half sugar by weight once it's dried, you see. Vitamins and minerals aside, the blurb on the packet tells us it is a good source of fibre, though. The pineapple bits are cut on the round from pineapples that have been de-eyed, but that still have the cores in, so with their frayed edges, the whole ones look a bit like flowers, or pretty pencil-shavings. The central core of the pineapple once dried tends to be a bit hard to bite on, but the texture of that part is more brittle than the rest of the dreid fruit, which makes it easier to eat. It also has less sour taste too, so this makes quite a nice contrast. The main part of the fruit takes on a richer, tangy / sweet flavour once dried and there's a subtle fragrance almost like cloves to it. And the texture has a little bit of 'give' - I find this stuff is really, really nice to eat. The dried pineapple they're selling in Tesco currently all seems to come from Uganda - which I assume is pretty sunny, so I like to think that the fruit is getting dried outdoors 'naturally' under the baking African sun, and is proving a nice little earner for the local economy - although this may be very naive, due to my massive ignorance of dried fruit-processing methods, and the likely relationships between African food producers and supermarkets in general. The only downside to this product from a consumer's viewpoint is that I'm currently going through a bag of it about every two days, and when the price goes up again, my dried pineapple habit is going to start getting heavy on the pocket.