- Kind of FruitApple
Why is Kalangadoo Organic solar dried apple different?
- absolutely nothing is added to the apples
- the apples used are fresh from the tree, and of excellent quality
- they are organic
- they are solar dried
Solar drying versus sun drying?
Sun drying is a traditional practice where fruit is left to dry in the open air and sun. The main disadvantages are potential for contamination and longer drying times.
Solar drying "uses solar technology, sometimes of a very simple nature, to overcome these disadvantages. Researchers have been developing different solar drying systems for many years now, and in nearly every case when their systems are tested, the results show that the drying time has been reduced and the quality of the dried product has been improved"(Fuller, 1998)*.
We use a Kialla Solar Drier where fruit is placed on a raised table enclosed in a plastic tunnel. It is 18 metres long and 2 metres wide. This includes 8m x 2m of heat collecting panels, and 10m x 2m of drying area. A variable speed fan at one end helps to control air flow and temperature.