Biting into a Gina’s Table freeze dried strawberry releases a burst of flavour in the mouth with the delicate crunch of the locally grown fruit.
With a bumper strawberry season underway in the Bundaberg Region SSS Strawberries has value added with Gina’s Table freeze dried strawberries.
The freeze dried strawberries are perfect eaten as a snack, added to desserts or salads, or crushed to make a bright red strawberry flavoured powder.
SSS Strawberries general manager Gina Dang is the brains behind the new product, that is made from 100 per cent fruit with no additives.
Gina said they had been looking into the product for a few years to reduce waste, and allow them to have their strawberries available to the community year-round.
“We have been here for 15 years in Bundaberg and every strawberry season we have opened our shop for the locals to come here and have fresh strawberries,” Gina said.
“This year our goal is to have more varieties of products, so we can do more and give more to our community.
“Freeze dried strawberry is a product that we have been a number of years working on, to see how we can improve our big productions of fresh fruit.”
Gina said the new product allowed them to use all of the fruit, including the strawberries that were not suitable for market.
“We had waste with the fruit that had little marks on them, and we could not market,” she said.
“A little bit over ripe, under ripe, too big or too small, we can not market, we had a lot of those.
“So, we looked for an option to value add to those products and something that was very amazing that we can use as well.
“And that’s where freeze dried strawberries came along.”
Gina said strawberries were made from 90 per cent water, and by freeze drying the fruit it removed the liquid and left a flavoursome whole strawberry.
“You can have it anywhere in your handbags, backpack, travel, any time you have that as a whole fruit or a piece,” she said.
“And it can be eaten straight away as snacks or can put on cereal.”