For some reason, I started to wonder about dried fruits brands in Nigeria. I’m not too certain, but I remember looking at a foreign brand of processed fruit (dried or candied) at the mall and thinking to myself, “why is this thing so damn expensive?”
That was a while ago actually, back in my Enugu days. More recently, I’ve been all about oats and while I’ve settled for dates and occasionally, apples, locally sourced dried fruits would be a delight in my bowl of oats. So, I went searching for brands that were in the business. I found 4 who seem serious enough and a few others that I couldn’t trace or seem to be out of business.
I couldn’t find much about this brand online, except for an article on bellaafricana.com. I believe Konga carries the product or used to, at least. The lady behind this one is Afie Braimoh Giwa. The packaging looks good and their product range includes dried mango, dried pineapple, and a dried fruits medley. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.
2. Limlim dried fruits
Limlim dried fruits is a food processing business in Lagos and they do quite a bit with fruits and vegetables. While I was looking for dried mangoes, I found products like cabbage flour, which can be used to make okele/swallow, waffles, etc. Healthy food mamas, get in here! I also found powdered fruits. Imagine using mango flour for chocolate chip cookies! Or apple flour maybe. Interestingly, they have dried agbalumo listed on their Facebook page. Thinking of how sour this might be makes me cringe. They are present and responsive on both Facebook and Instagram.
Reelfruit is one of the most represented dried fruits brands in Nigeria media. There’s even a BBC piece on the company started by Affiong Williams. They definitely mean business as they’ve been around since 2012. The business is currently based in Lagos but seems to have started in Ogun state. For packaging and online presence, I can’t wait to taste em. Their products include dried mangoes, dried pineapples, a fruit and nut mix, and a nut mix. Their website is reelfruit.com and they’re responsive on Instagram.
4. Ginger Box
If you watch the Nigerian food scene closely, you might have heard of Ginger Box. They deliver food boxes and some of their packages happen to include dried fruits. I don’t know if they produce the dried fruits themselves or source them elsewhere, but I’ll still qualify them as one of the dried fruits brands in Nigeria. However, I don’t think I want to spend 5,000 Naira on a box of mixed stuff. Broke people like us want small packs of dried fruit that cost no more than 200 to 400 Naira per pack, you know? Their deals are okay though, especially if you don’t have time to go grocery shopping yourself.
I found this brand via FoodieDame, but and I could easily have missed them. They’re the only ones on this list who produce in Abuja, so heads up FCT people. They’re active on Instagram and their products include dried mango, strawberries, pineapple, and apple.
Other brands that may or may not be obsolete
I don’t know what happened to ToomsFruit but their last Instagram post was on 30 November, 2017. I suspect they ran out of funds, considering that in the post before that, they announced that they were looking for investors. I might be wrong, but some things don’t require forensics for you to make an intelligent guess, right?
2. Kwik Fruits
I found these guys on Instagram but their last post was on 30 November 2016, so it’s safe to say they’re no more. RIP. Wait, not the people behind it please. The brand itself. 😀
3. Blossom Natural Food Industries
Apart from an article, I found no trace of these guys. Are they out there?
When am I trying these guys out? Well, I don’t know yet. I’ll get them when I get them. I’m not too keen on placing an order from this village where I’m at because my address would be a pain to find. Plus, I despise delivery fees. Heh!
Are there any dried fruits brands in Nigeria that I missed? Do you eat dried fruits? Would you try dried fruit after reading this post? Please let me know in the comments section. Thanks for reading!