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Fruit basket not exactly as pictured or described and not so great
on November 28, 2011
While this fruit basket looks nice enough, it is not exactly as it is described here.
According to my inventory and the actual product label, the basket contains:
dates, apricots (preserved with sulphur dioxide), prunes (preserved with potassium sorbate), pineapple (processed with cane sugar and citric acid, preserved with sulphur dioxide), coconut date roll (dates, almonds and coconut), cherries (processed with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, water citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, preserved with potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and sulphur dioxide, artificial color - FD&C red no. 40).
The basket does not contain:
Apples, Figs, Pears or Peaches
- All of which are listed as included in the Amazon product description.
Also the Amazon description says "Made of assorted dried fruit from the fertile California Valley" and "This generous, large basket provides two pounds, 12 ounces of sweet, healthy, and delicious dried fruit from the fertile California Valley," but according to the actual product label, the product contains fruit from The Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and the USA (in that order). I wouldn't have even purchased it if I knew that. At least China isn't listed.
Additionally, some of the fruit just isn't that great. For instance, some of the dried apricots were moist and some of them were tough and dry - some of the dates were moist but some were bone dry. The cherries are basically maraschino cherries without the jar - IMO, they don't really belong in there. The prunes were all pretty good and the dried pineapple was okay. The coconut covered dates were also good, but there are only six of those.
Also, it's not really "healthy" to consume all of those preservatives (that aren't mentioned in the description) such as sulphur dioxide, potassium sorbate or sodium benzoate. I'm not even going to get into the problems with those colored fructose soaked cherry hulls.
If you spent $40 on assorted dried fruits and made up your own baskets, you could probably make four of five baskets of fruit of better quality than this. It's not that this basket is bad, but it just wasn't worth $40. I's say $15, tops.
Please see my photos of the actual item and the label to see for yourself.