It is recommended that most adults get 1.5-2 cups of fruit every day and 2-3 cups of vegetables. This is also sometimes listed as 3-4 servings of fruit and 4-6 servings of vegetables b/c 1/2 cup is often listed as one serving.
So, what does that mean for dehydrated and freeze dried produce? Well, the United States Departement of Agriculture says this:
That is why THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) lists their serving size for most fruits and vegetable as 1/4 cup. 1/4 cup freeze dried = 1/2 cup fresh = 1 serving.
If you were to meet the daily reccommeded amounts using freeze dried produce alone you should have:
- 3/4 – 1 cup of freeze dried fruit (or 3-4 servings) and
- 1 – 1.5 cups of freeze dried vegetables (or 4-6 servings)
A #10 can has approximately 12 cups or 48 servings (it varies a bit depending on the product). So just one can of freeze dried fruit would provide one person with about 14 days worth of servings. How incredible is that? 2 weeks of fruit on your shelf with a 25 year shelf life. Even better? It is as healthy as fresh, but tastes like candy!