2019-01-22 dried fruits

Solving The Mystery Behind The Names: ‘Dry Fruits’ & ‘Dried Fruits’

Taste is all that matters, isn’t it? Whether you are having a bowl of sun dried apricots or a handful of Iranian Almonds your taste buds will never question their origins. Well, gulping the most scrumptious food items is our main priority. Knowing what we are eating would be the last thing we ever care about. However, this article will break the stereotypes behind the nomenclature of common food items. It will aim to highlight the difference between ‘Dry Fruits’ and ‘Dried Fruits’. Most of us, including experts often use these two terms synonymously owing to the slim line of difference between them.

But, why are people confused between the two?

Both Dry Fruits and Dried Fruits are consumed together. They are used in similar recipes and have similar tastes. Furthermore, both are usually sold by the same vendors such as Dry Fruit Kart. Lastly, no one ever rectifies us whenever we used these terms interchangeably hence unknowingly we keep on using them.

What is the difference between Dry Fruits and Dried Fruits?

Dry fruits usually come with hard texture, i.e. they are relatively hard to chew when compared to dried fruits. This is because ‘Dried fruits’, as the name suggests are originally soft fleshy fruits which are first dehydrated and then are consumed unlike ‘Dry Fruits’ which are consumed naturally. Practically the delicious raisins that you savour in the cakes emerge originally from the juicy grapes that were once dehydrated. Similarly other sweet delights like figs, apricots and bananas can be dehydrated to make their ‘Dried’ versions.

Speaking about Dry Fruits, we consume them naturally in the form they are harvested. Think of almonds, cashew nuts and pine nuts. These are the original Dry Fruits.

What are the nutritional benefits of both?

If  bought with caution, these fruits provide immense nutritional value to your body. Dried Fruits like raisins help in cleansing your blood. Dried organic figs act as perfect anti-oxidants for the body. Additionally dry fruits such as almond and cashews are rich in vital fats and proteins. One must also note that consumption of ‘Dried Fruits’ must be lesser in quantity than ‘Dry Fruits’. Dried Fruits contain more sugar than Dry Fruits.

To conclude, both categories are known for their unique scientific identities. They have different nutritional roles in our body and their intake must not be confused. Next time whenever someone interchanges the meaning of both the terms, be proud of your newly acquired knowledge.

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