So a couple of days ago it was my birthday and I was given a bag of manuka berries. They seemed soooo good. They’re organic raw dried grapes that have been hand picked off hills and mountains in New Zeeland.
I imagined them as big chewy but soft raisins, but that wasn’t really the case. They’re crunchy inside due to lots of small seeds. Also have you ever had a bad quality raisin? Well they have that same odd dried texture which made me rather disappointed. The flavour was very nice though, it is like a mix of raisins and honey with some elements of dates and dried figs. The only bad thing is that they seeds make it a bit more bitter, but if you remove them they’re super sweet just as honey!
Taste rating: 8/10
It was rather nice, it is very sweet. It’s just as sweet as honey, atleast without the seeds.
Texture rating: 4/10
I like my dried fruit still juicy, but this was a bit too dry for me. Also the seeds were not the best.
Value rating: 4/10
They were 55 swedish kronor / €5,79 / £4,96 / $6,42 for 250g which is pricy for most people, but it is organic and handpicked etc. You get what you pay for is my favourite old saying when I comes to these kinds of things.
Is it another “healthy food bluff”?
Kind of if you ask me, hand-picked from New Zeeland kind of sounds a bit too good to be true.
Final rating: 6,5/10
The taste and texture grows on you. I find them really good if you remove the seeds, but they’re still good with the seeds.