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Dried Vegetables and Fruits: Bought

It's late in the year to begin gardening, at least in the northern Hemisphere. Sometimes, a shortcut is necessary while biding your time. So while you pore over your gardening catalogs, choosing which berry bushes or fruit trees to plant, you might consider adding the following to your stores:

I found when my then baby was beginning to eat solid foods. He tried all kinds, and he expressed a preference to jarred food. Vehemently. A friend mentioned the dried mixed vegetables she'd found at a local health food store, so I picked up a small tub. Liked what I saw: no added ingredients other than the fruit or veggie. Not even sulfur! After Weslee saw me eating the mixture of dried corn, carrots, peas and tomatoes, he dug right in.

Since then, we pretty much place a regular order for Weslee of soynuts (out of stock at the moment), peas, blackberries, blueberries and mango. I usually add a few other things for Doug and I, like pomegranate, bananas, strawberries, peaches and carrots. We don't rehydrate any of these so we're sure to drink lots of water.

Weslee, now 12 years old, doesn't like fresh blackberries or mango, and we don't have enough blueberry bushes to satisfy our cravings so for now, he eats these three dried fruits plus peas and soybeans almost daily. About 2 tablespoons of each makes a decent serving (quite a bit less than recommended on their package). Makes me feel good about his health.

If you don't have enough bushes, trees and other plants to satisfy your fruit needs, you should check out their site. It's not as good as growing it yourself, but will do in a pinch.