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Wish you could enjoy your favourite seasonal fruits any time of year? Well, you can actually, and now it’s just as healthy! Canned fruit is just as fresh as the day it was picked, and our range of the most nutritious organic canned fruit is free from nasty preservatives and excess sugars.
We choose only the best-canned fruit to brighten up your day, any day! Buy canned fruit and discover how this long-life pantry staple can enhance your diet.
How is canned fruit made?
Good question! We choose only the healthiest canned fruit for you. Canned fruit goes through a simple canning process to seal in the goodness and make it future-proof. Before we help you buy the best organic canned fruit, let's have a look at how it’s made!
First up, fruits are picked in their prime and taken directly to the canning facility. The fruit is washed, peeled, trimmed, cored, and sliced as necessary. It’s then packed into empty cans. Liquid - the fruit juice in this case - is added to fill the can, and the can is completely sealed.
The cans are then ‘cooked’. This means that they are put in large water-bath cookers that heat them with just the right temperature and pressure. This process kills off any micro-organisms that could cause the food to spoil, which is how canned fruits remain fresh for so long.
This method means that spores cannot grow in the can and the food remains in perfect condition until you are ready to eat it. It literally locks the nutrients in.
Is it safe to eat canned fruits?
Yep, because the cooking process destroys all spores and micro-organisms that could cause the food to spoil, the canned fruits remain perfectly safe to eat for an incredibly long time.
Enzymes that could cause harmful bacteria to grow are destroyed through the canning process. As the cans cool, a vacuum seal forms, which prevents any air from getting into the product to spoil it. Magic!
Why we love canned fruits
We love all kinds of fruit! Fresh, frozen, canned, or dry… they all have their own unique charm and potential for use. Canned fruit has a long shelf life so you can keep it in your cupboard for over a year, and potentially much longer!
Canned fruit seals in the juicy ripeness of fresh fruit but means you can enjoy any fruit at any time of year! That’s the main reason we love canned fruit.
We love it not only for its taste and shelf life though. We love how utterly straightforward it is to use. Canned fruits are ready to go. You don’t need to spend time peeling, chopping, slicing, or washing.
You can eat canned fruit straight from the can or add them directly into lots of great dishes. If you’re making something that requires cooking - such as a peach cobbler or apple pie - canned fruit will ensure a perfect taste and texture every time.
One of our best-canned fruit brands
Biona Organic Peach Halves come in a jar rather than a can, but it’s essentially the same thing. These are some of the juiciest organic canned fruits out there and they are delicious on their own, or with a dollop of ice cream or yoghurt. We also recommend using them to make a comforting vegan peach cobbler!
Biona Organic Jackfruit in Salted Water
Jackfruit is an amazingly versatile ingredient to have on hand. You can use it to make a huge range of sweet and savoury vegan dishes. For something sweet, try making a Thai-style jackfruit and coconut pudding. In savoury dishes, you can use jackfruit as a substitute for beef or pork. It has a stringy texture that is similar to pulled pork, and we love spicy pulled jackfruit tacos. Jackfruit is one of the best vegan meat substitutes going!
Carley’s Organic Preserved Lemons
Preserved lemons are a brilliant ingredient for making all kinds of flavoursome dishes. Whilst you won’t want to eat them straight from the jar, they are a wonderful addition to curries and Moroccan tagines. Slice up some of Carley’s Organic Preserved Lemons and make a spicy stew with chickpeas and olives.
Delicious ways to use canned fruits
You can use canned fruit just as you’d use regular fresh fruit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Breakfast! Canned fruits can make a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast either alone or paired with cereals and yoghurt.
- Canned fruit can play a starring role in many wonderful dessert recipes. Eat them alone with vegan ice cream, or use them in cobblers, crumbles, pies, and cakes. We love a mandarin cornmeal cake, a pineapple upsidedown cake, or a pear tart.
- Make an easy and totally juicy fruit salad by combining a few cans of different fruits in a bowl. This can be eaten any time of day for a healthy dose of vitamins!
- Canned fruits can also bring something sweet to many delicious savoury dishes. Try adding chunks of canned pineapple to vegan tacos or fajitas, or making a vegan Hawaiian pizza.
- Canned pear slices make a fantastic salad with cashew-based blue cheese, walnuts, red onion, and leaves. Canned mandarin slices make a tasty addition to an Asian-inspired salad with a spicy sesame dressing, shredded red cabbage, and edamame beans.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do canned fruits have added sugar?
When choosing canned fruits to buy, always read the ingredients list on the label or product page. We recommend you buy canned fruit from us as we choose only the best so you don’t have to do the work. Many regular stores stock canned fruit that is packed full of nasty added sugar.
We like to keep things natural and stick to the sugars that the fruits already contain. We avoid products with added sugar so you can too. When in doubt, remember to check the label to make sure the canned fruit is suitable for your diet.
Do canned fruits have added preservatives?
Some canned fruits have added preservatives and some don’t. We sell only the best-canned fruits and they often contain nothing other than the fruit and its juice!
That means they are all-natural and all-nourishing. If in doubt, be sure to check the product’s ingredients before buying. Buy canned fruit from us and rest assured it’s only the good stuff.
How do I store canned fruits?
After you buy canned fruits, they should be stored in their cans in a cool, dry place with a temperature of below 28°C. A temperature of between 10-20°C is best. Try to eat canned fruits within 2 years, though they can last longer. Read the label when in doubt.
Does canned fruit need to be refrigerated?
Once opened, canned fruit should be stored in an airtight plastic container in the fridge and consumed within 1 week. Make sure you transfer the fruit, with its liquid, to a plastic container that can be sealed, instead of putting the can itself in the fridge. Leaving as much of the liquid there as possible will help your canned fruit maintain its taste and texture.