The Benefits of Dried and Dehydrated Citrus Fruits
Eating dried fruit is a great way to add fiber and vitamins to your diet when you’re on the go. Unfortunately, store-bought products are often laden with unnecessary preservatives and sugars that negate the fruit’s inherent health benefits. Some types of fruit are healthier than others, as well.
Papayas contain digestive enzymes and can help prevent heart disease. Dried cherries and blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants, and prunes are quite well-known for the role that they play in digestion. Although quite good for you, I usually find the traditional breeds of dried fruit to be too sweet. Recently, I have discovered dried citrus and have fallen madly, obsessively in love.
Dried oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit contain the peel, skin, and inner segments of the fruit and are crunchy, not excessively sweet, and contain tons of fiber. I have such a hard time finding them in the usual grocery stores and decided to give them a go at home. They turned out to be quite easy to make!
Do It Yourself Dried or Dehydrated Citrus Fruits
Preheat oven to 180F and lightly oil 2-3 baking sheets.
Depending on what and how much you want to make, thoroughly wash and dry the outer skin of 10 or so tangerines, 4 grapefruit, or 5 oranges. Each will yield about a half of a freezer-size ziploc bag full of dried fruit. Using a very sharp pairing knife, thinly slice the whole fruit from end to end. Place slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheets and place in oven for 3 hours. Remove sheets from oven and flip each slice. Return to oven and continue to dehydrate until no moisture remains, about 2 more hours depending on thin you were able to slice the fruit. After removing from the oven, let cool and store in an airtight plastic bag.
Are All Dry Foods Healthy?
Let’s take a step back from citrus fruits and look a bit wider on the whole spectrum of dehydrated foods. Are all of them really good for you?
I’ll let this next video by Natasha St. Michael from Radiance Central answer this question: