April 28th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Though originally cross-bred and cultivated in Japan, Fuji apples were (and are) the result of crossing two American apple varieties, the Red Delicious and the Virginia Ralls Genet. They're among the sweeter apples, and reliably crispy, making them wildly popular with apple lovers. Their sweet flavor and crunchy texture makes them ideal candidates for freeze-drying, because they retain their fresh apple taste and crispy texture even when the majority of their moisture has been removed.
Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Apple Slices eat like crunchy apple slices - because they are. Our supplier uses Washington-grown Fuji apples that are sliced, frozen, and freeze dried (the freeze-drying involves sublimation of the fruit's water content; that is, the frozen water content of the apples "vaporizes", and never liquefies back into actual water). We've learned a couple of lessons from the freeze drying of Fuji apples. One, apples contain a lot of water - it takes 10 ounces of fresh apples to make enough Freeze Dried Fuji Apple Slices to fill a 1.2 ounce bag. And two, that water obviously has very little to do with how delicious Fuji apples taste - these Slices taste like freshly-picked apples.
Our Freeze Dried Fuji Apple Slices are excellent snacks, on their own, tossed in a salad, or broken up and mixed with nuts and other freeze dried fruits in a trail mix. They're also good on top of your favorite hot or cold breakfast cereal. We're selling each 1.2 ounce bag for $2.99, every day. You'll find them in our nuts and dried fruit section.