It is true that a freshly picked peach has more vitamins than a canned peach. But very few people enjoy “fresh” fruit really fresh from the tree. During is long wait in transport, shops and home storage, it loses vitamins through oxidation (contact with oxygen in the air around it).

However, when fruit is canned without delay, a far greater level of certain vitamins may be retained. Vitamins which may be destroyed by lengthy exposure to light are also protected inside the dark cans.

Some of the goodness of canned fruit is in the liquid, so always use this for jelly, trifle, punch or soft drinks. Don’t forget: fruit canned in fruit juice actually has extra vitamins!


Canned fruit contains absolutely no preservatives, colourants or flavourings, other than cane sugar. It is pure fruit canned in one of three different liquids:

Clear syrup, that is water to which sugar has been added

Fruit juice plus sugar. Nearly as sweet as medium syrup with the same sugar and kilojoule content, but
the fruit juice adds extra extra vitamins and minerals

Fruit juice with no added sugar, for slimmers or for those with less of a sweet tooth
Canned fruit does still contain dietary fibre. An advantage is that persons with digestive problems often find that they can eat canned fruit without any of the discomfort associated with eating fresh fruit. Refer to the table for detailed nutritional data on some canned fruits.

Cans should be stored in a cool dry place. It is best to eat canned fruit within six to twelve months after purchasing. Within three years it will not change for the worse, but later on the colour and texture may deteriorate although the fruit itself will be safe and nutritious.

A can should look clean, smooth and dry, with no serious denting or rusting and the seal should be intact.


It may contain bacteria which causes food poisoning.

Cans sometimes make a hissing sound as they are opened. This is caused by the vacuum inside the can and it is perfectly normal.

Canned fruit and fruit juices should not be stored in open cans after opening, even in the refrigerator, because although they will remain perfectly safe to eat, they may start to taste metallic. Jams may well be kept in their cans without affecting flavour.
Only those nutrients which make a reasonable contribution to the body’s daily need or RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) are listed on the can. These are the average values per nett contents when canned.

Whilst all products are strictly controlled with continuous in-line quality control, food safety and quality assurance systems in compliance with codex alimentanus facilities are also accredited with the following certification; ISO; HACCOP; Globalgap; BRC; IFS and other related customer requirements.


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