Summer’s here! The exclamation mark belies the utter tiredness one feels from the hot and humid weather we are all feeling at the moment. Ah, but Summer still brings so much joy with it! Gorgeous mountain hikes, swimming in icy cold, high mountain river streams and chilled white wine in beautiful city parks at dusk.
Every Summer my memory takes me back to my childhood, my mother’s lush, jungle-like garden which held me captive in its beauty throughout my life, the milk ice lollies she would make which we sucked in the shade of a tree with the family dog panting heavily next to me, the endless games we played, getting blackjacks all over our clothes, mulberry stains on our shorts and grazed knees and elbows from digging around in the valley behind our house. One of my favourite things was dried fruit leather, sour tangy, sweet and delicious!
When I found some amazing recipes for raw fruit leathers online, I knew I had to make them. And, considering what gorgeous fruit we get in Taiwan, I knew they would be gorgeously delicious!
These leathers have no additives or preservatives in them.
For any berries, I use only organic varieties.
The raspberry, basil-infused leather has a delightful similarity to sour worms 😀 Your kids will never know that they are sucking on nothing but pure fruit!
These leathers can be stored for up to one year in a cool, dark space. If left in the sun, they could discolour.
I think the combination of fruits with locally-familiar and widely used ingredients in food and medicine, like goji, sesame and chili (not medicine but food) marries well.
Right now, peaches in Taiwan are plentiful, affordable and sun-burstingly delicious! This was my favourite one to make since working with dried flowers in food is just so…special!
Peach Lavender fruit leather has such a beautiful perfume, so strong and beautiful. With lavender, a little goes a long way.
This is in my product list and will be sold as part of larger gift baskets. Stay tuned.