Where to Buy: La Vigne Organics on Foodzie
Price: $30. for a case of 24 Fruit Leathers
100% Organic Kumquat blend Fruit Leather. Made by hand from Organic Persimmons and Kumquats grown on our farm.
What I Think:
I’ve found many different fruit leathers in local grocery stores, but I don’t think I’ve ever found one made of Persimmons and Kumquats.
But that’s not all that makes this one stand above the rest. Unlike some other fruit leathers that I’ve tried, this is soft. Chewy, yes, but it isn’t “beef jerky” tough to bite into. It has a pleasing texture that is chewy without being tough.
I haven’t had a kumquat in a long time – when I was young we lived near a condominium complex that had a kumquat tree and we would often walk down there and snatch one or two off of the tree. Since that time, I’ve found them occasionally in the grocery store but they never looked appealing enough to me to inspire me to buy them.
The flavor is tart, but, there is enough sweetness to this to keep it from tasting too pucker-y sour (I’m not a big fan of sour). This tastes very much the way I remember from the ripe, beautiful kumquats that I used to pick off that tree when I was a kid. The persimmon flavor is less evident, but, I can taste the mild sweetness of the persimmon. Mostly what I’m tasting is kumquat, and it is delicious and memorable – just like those kumquats from my childhood.
I also appreciate that these contain no added sugar, only the naturally occurring sugars from the fruit puree. They’re 100% organic, vegan, and absolutely dee-lish!
My Final Thoughts:
I really enjoyed these. I don’t know that I enjoyed them enough to spend more than a dollar a piece for them (at $30 a case, the price per unit is $1.25) but, who knows? Maybe by next week I’ll find myself craving them to the point where I break down and shell out the money for a case. It really isn’t to terribly expensive, as the leathers are larger than the typical grocery store fruit leather, and it certainly tastes better than anything I’ve found in the local market. Just wait, I’ll talk myself into these eventually!