Dried Fruit

Organically dried fruit – bananas, paw paw, papaya and pealed pear – can be found in health food stores or bought online.  This can be expensive, so I a bought a food dehydrator and now make my own.


Dried Fruit

Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 30 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Amines Allowed, RPAH Elimination Diet - High Chemical, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe, RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical
Meal type Ingredient, Sweet Things
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Instructions for making dried fruit pieces.


  • fruit (Red/Golden Delicious apples, bananas, paw paw/papaya, pears)
  • 2 cups water (room temperature)
  • 4 teaspoons citric or tartaric acid


1. Peel and chop the fruit into evenly sized pieces. The bigger they are the longer the drying process will take.
Combine the water and citric acid. Add the fruit and allow to soak for at least 15 minutes. This may need to be done in batches.
Place into the food dehydrator and dry to your preferred texture. (This is usually a minimum of 8 hours.)
Drying Paw Paw
Turn the dehydrator off and cover with a clean cloth. Allow the fruit to cool for a couple of hours.
Drying Fruit
Place into a sealed plastic bag for 1 week to condition. (Discard any pieces that are still moist, or continue drying, otherwise these pieces will go mouldy.) Conditioning allows the remaining moisture to spread evenly within each piece of fruit.
Dried Paw Paw
6. Store in an air tight container.


For Low Chemical/Failsafe fruit use very ripe pears - Packham pears work best for me.

If amines are tolerated use just ripe bananas (moderate), paw paw and papaya (high).

If moderate salicylates are tolerated use Red or Golden Delicious apples.



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