Still great in the lunch box

MUCH maligned and misunderstood dried fruit is being banished from lunch boxes due to its sugar content, but there is much more to the traditional product than sugar.

Traditional dried fruits such as prunes, raisins and sultanas have had much of their water content removed through dehydration but no sugar or fruit juice concentrates are added.

Dried fruits are more concentrated in nutrients than the fresh equivalent but this will vary depending on the type of fruit and the drying method. Minerals such as calcium,