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Wild Zora is a women-owned, family-run business that self-manufactures in Northern Colorado. Wild Zora decided against a co-packing (contract manufacturing) option to ensure quality control — they see every ingredient come into the building and every product leaving the building, and are committed to only using high-quality ingredients.
These air-dried fruit mixes have very straight-forward ingredient lists: 3 organic fruits for each mix, and that’s it. There are no dyes, sulfates, or preservatives.
I was introduced to Wild Zora at a trade show when I tried one of their no added sugar or preservatives apricots (found in their Orchard Fruit Mix), and it was so tasty, it haunted me for weeks after. All three flavors are perfect for office snacks, hiking trips, or airplane treats.
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Orchard fruit mix: contains cherries, apple, and apricots. Finally, Orchard mix, we are reunited! All of the fruits are chewy and the cherries are a pleasantly tart contrast.
Harvest fruit mix: contains orange, figs, and pear. Dried orange, you say? The peel is a bit bitter (try adding it to your tea or cocktail), but the orange slices translate surprisingly well to dried fruit. The figs are what fig newtons dream of, and the dried pears balance the other flavors nicely.
Tropical fruit mix: Contains mango, banana, and pineapple. I love dried mango, but was apprehensive about banana and pineapple after so many flavorless and cardboardy dried fruit in the past. Never fear: both banana and pineapple are chewy and tasty!