Delicious, beautiful, and practical, our candied fruits are a chef’s ideal ingredient! Already prepped and ready to be used, candied fruits are practical and time-effective. Preserved in their various methods, their extended shelf-life makes them an easy and practical solution for busy commercial kitchens. Finally, and most importantly, our selection of candied and preserved fruits are delicious! Try any or all of them today for a tasty treat on their own or a delicious addition to your dishes!
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Candied fruit is one of the most ancient sweets we have. Dating back to the 14th century, candying fruit was a popular practice not only because it intensified the sweetness of fruits, but also because it was a way of preserving produce at its prime. This was especially important before the days of modern refrigeration and transportation when you had to eat seasonally. The originators of candying were the Arabs who were reported to have candied “rose petals and citrus” for their celebrations and banquets. A truly brilliant technique, the practice of candying spread rapidly across Europe. Region to region, the methods all varied slightly, but the general principle consisted of boiling fruit in a sugar solution until it was saturated. Today we still employ that same technique, not so much for the preservation of the fruit, as for the taste and texture it provides. At Gourmet Wholesaler, we carry many delicious candied fruits including, candied citrus peel, whole candied apricots, plums, chestnuts and more! Cubes, strips, and whole slices, our selection of candied citrus come in a variety of forms to suit any culinary application from fruitcakes to the Italian sweetbread panettone. Try out preserved Mirabelle plums in your next pie or tart for a delicious taste of France. Our candied chestnuts are another delicious option, easily used as a garnish or incorporated into your latest recipe for a touch of deep nutty flavor. However you use our delicious candied fruits, we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the result!