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Fruit to Take Along Anywhere

(Front to back) Tangerine, cantaloupe and Asian pear — freeze-dried.


That’s exactly what Crispy Green is.

The New Jersey company takes fresh fruit and freeze dries them before packaging them in convenient pouches that you can throw in your purse or backpack or stash in a desk drawer or car glove box.

Crispy Green offers seven different fruits: apple, mango, Asian pears, banana, cantaloupe, pineapple and tangerine.

You have to love an ingredients label that includes only one thing. What’s in the freeze-dried Asian pears? Only Asian pears.

The freeze-dried fruit snacks have no fat or cholesterol, and only 55 calories or less per serving.

Recently, I had a chance to try samples.

The freeze-dried fruit is weightless on your tongue. But bite into the crisp fruit and it has all the bright fruit flavors you’re used to.

Convenient single-serve pouches.

The pineapple is sweet and tropical. The cantaloupe’s muskiness is concentrated when it’s in this form so you better like that taste to begin with. The tangerine just might be my favorite. First, the tiny segments are whole and fun to look at. Second, the flavor is as tangy and citrusy as a fresh mandarin.

Single-serve bags are about $1.49 each or $7.99  for a six-pack. They’re available at stores such as Whole Food’s and Lunardi’s.

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