I bought a bag of your dried fruit and the bag is puffed up/bloated- Why is this and is it still safe to eat?
The most common reason for a bag of organic dried fruit to bloat or expand is due to the natural gases released as the raw fruit continues to ripen and dry. The fruit inside the bag is unaffected in any way by the gases, and are just as delicious as you would expect from a Made In Nature product.
However, gases created by the fermentation process can also cause the bag to bloat. Either when storing the preservative-free, raw product in higher-than-recommended temperatures at the store, during transit, or in one’s home, can cause the moisture and the sugar in the fruit to react (starting the fermentation process). This product is safe to eat but may have a somewhat fermented taste.
Does your dried fruit contain tree nuts and is there any chance of cross-contamination?
We understand how serious allergies can be and we want to ensure every experience with our products is always a happy and healthy one.
We have very strict procedures in place to ensure that there is no possibility of contamination from peanuts, or any type of tree nut in our products or in our facility. Each new lot of product that we receive has a variety of tests performed by an outside lab before it is processed in our facility. All of our fruit goes through a water washing process before it is packaged. We have a very thorough cleaning and sanitizing process that happens in our facility between shifts and between products. Most importantly, however, our facility is used exclusively for packaging our own dried fruit.
The only exception to this is our Organic Made in Nature Tropical Fruit Fusion, which is packaged in a different facility due to the coconut ingredient. Although that facility has very strict guidelines to follow, it packages other types of nuts as well. Therefore, we cannot 100% guarantee against cross contamination with that product.
Why are the Apricots So Dark?
Our Organic Made in Nature Apricots are a darker color because they are naturally sun-dried and 100% organic. Conventional dried apricots contain sulfur, which protects their bright orange color while acting as an unnatural drying agent. Since our all-natural apricots don’t contain sulfur they are a dark black or brown color. However, this difference has no effect on taste, flavor or healthfulness. Different can be good. Reall, really good.
Can dried fruit be frozen?
Storing our organic dried fruit products in the freezer is perfectly safe and may actually prolong the shelf life of the product.
What Does Certified Organic Mean?
USDA certified organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. They may not contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Growers also use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems. In short, good for the Earth and better for your body.
Who Certifies Made In Nature Dried Fruit as Organic?
Highly respected certifying agencies such as Quality Assurance International (QAI) conduct audits of our growers and their facilities.
More specifically, Made In Nature products meet the standards of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and 7 CFR Part 205; and are in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program.
Does Made In Nature Dried Fruit Contain Sulfur?
Heck no! It wouldn’t be certified organic if it did. We control shelf life by selecting only the highest quality fruits and processing and packaging them to maintain maximum freshness and flavor.
What’s with the look of Made In Nature Dried Fruit?
Edgy, isn’t it? Most dried fruits use sulfur to artificially preserve their color. We do not. All organic dried fruit darkens naturally over time on the exterior due to the lack of chemical preservatives. That darkening lets you know it’s truly organic. Don’t worry, this natural darkening has no effect on taste, flavor, or healthfulness.
How are Made in Nature Fruits Dried?
Made In Nature Black Mission Figs, Calimyrna Figs, Apricots, Plums, Dates and Raisins are dried naturally in the sun. The rest of our fruits are dried using clean, warm air or what is known as tunnel dried.
Are Your Fruits Considered to be Part of a Raw Fruit Diet?
Yes. We do use warm air to dry some of our products but the warm air does not exceed 112 degrees Fahrenheit, nothing warm enough to qualify them as being cooked.
Where are Made In Nature Dried Fruits Grown?
We search the world looking for products that capture the most highly sought after “taste of place” that best represents that variety’s special characteristics. We’re constantly looking for the highest quality produce everywhere on the planet. Our Plums, Black Mission Figs, Raisins, Cranberries, Cherries and Apples are all grown in the US and Canada. Our Apricots and Calimyrna Figs are grown in Turkey, our Mangos in Mexico, Pineapples and Bananas in Costa Rica.
Which Made In Nature products are Kosher?
All of them! We certify each and every one of our products and all of our ingredients to the highest standard.
Do Your Made In Nature Dried Fruits Contain High Risk Allergens?
No. We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that our organic dried fruit can be enjoyed by almost everyone. We don’t use products that contain gluten or tree nuts. While some Made in Nature prepared foods – like our Organic Pizza products – may contain gluten, these foods are not made in the same facility as our gluten free products, like our delectable dried fruit.
What is the White Layer/Coating Found on your Dried Black Mission Figs, Calimyrna Figs and Plums?
The whitish coating you may experience is natural sugars that exist in the fruit. Our 100% organic fruit continues to ripen and dry in the bag and can release sugars, which collect on their exteriors. This is a completely natural process and in no way affects the quality or flavor of the fruit except to enhance its natural sweetness. If you would like to remove the layer of naturally occurring sugaring, simply place a 1/2 cup of dried figs in a microwave safe dish with 1 teaspoon of water. Cover loosely and microwave on high for one minute.
Do Your Products Need to be Refrigerated after Opening?
For maximum freshness and best results, we do recommend refrigeration, but they can be enjoyed out of the refrigerator if eaten over a shorter period of time.
How can I request donations for a non-profit or educational event?
At Made In Nature, we love sharing our passion for mouthwatering, flavorful foods and we are glad you would like to help us reach more fellow food lovers. We do of course however have a limited resource of free samples. Therefore, we have to consider all requests carefully so that we can meet the demand the best way possible.
Please click here and fill out the following Sample Request Form. We review requests each month and will respond to you if we are able to fulfill your request. Requests must be submitted a minimum of 6 weeks prior to any event. Thank you.