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25 Premium Ingredients We Cook With at Aspen Crunch

No ingredient in Aspen Crunch’s snacks is simply “off the shelf”.
Feb 12, 2021
By Aspen Crunch
We hand select in-season ultra-high-quality ingredients from our global adventures for their unique flavors and health history. All of our fruit and vegetable snacks are dehydrated at under 118°F, which keeps their nutritional profile intact. So unlike baked and freeze-dried snacks you may find at the store, our dehydrated snacks preserve more nutrients and have incredibly intense flavors.

Maui Gold Pineapple

Did you know that Hawaii produces about 1/3 of all pineapple in the world? Pineapples are a sweet and juicy fruit full of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and bromelain, an enzyme found only in pineapple that reduces inflammation and speeds up healing time. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: Hawaii.
  • Flavor Profile: Extra sweet, low acidity.
Our Process: Each pineapple is both thinly butterfly-cut and hand-chopped into bite-size pieces.

Bronte Pistachio

Pistachios are lower in fat than most nuts yet high in nutrients such as fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants. As their nutritional profile suggests, they can play an important role in improving metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and weight gain. 
  • Seasonality: August-September.
  • From: Bronte, Italy.
  • Flavor Profile: Rich with earthy notes.
Our Process: Each pistachio is shelled, sprouted, and slowly toasted in small batches to derive a hearty crunch.

Freestone Peaches

What’s so special about peaches besides their delicious summer taste? For starters, they’re low in calories and packed with numerous health-promoting compounds, minerals, and vitamins. Benefits include healthy aging and protection against the disease processes. 
  • Seasonality: June-September.
  • From: Palisade, Colorado.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet and slightly tart.
Our Process: Each peach is pitted then hand-cut into thin crescents, creating a sweet center and tart outer layer.

Black Mission Fig

Figs are known for being a healthy and versatile ingredient that can be used in sweet and savory dishes alike. Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A and K that benefit health and wellness. 
  • Seasonality: May-September.
  • From: Fresno, California.
  • Flavor Profile: Extra sweet caramel notes.
Our Process: Each fig is stemmed then diced before drying to create small and sweet bite-size pieces.

Marcona Almonds

Almonds make for a great high-calorie/protein snack that will fill you up, while also providing tons of nutrients. They’re rich in vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, fiber, minerals, and flavonoids. They benefit heart/gut health, and can reduce inflammation. 
  • Seasonality: August-September.
  • From: Mediterranean Regions, Spain.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet and buttery.
Our Process: Each almond is sprouted then some are sliced for our granola. The rest are slowly toasted whole.

Peruvian Golden Berry

Also known as a gooseberry, golden berries are antioxidant rich and can help enhance heart, liver, and kidney health. Golden berries also support immune system health and aid in the prevention plus management of diseases. 
  • Seasonality: September-October.
  • From: Andes, Peru.
  • Flavor Profile: Intensely tart, tropical.
Our Process: Each golden berry is sorted, dried, and paired with mulberries and goji berries.

Medjool Dates

Dates are small, soft, flavorful fruits that taste as sweet as maple syrup while remaining completely natural. They’re a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, manganese and fiber. A single date palm can produce over 150 pounds of dates each year! 
  • Seasonality: September-February.
  • From: Mecca, California.
  • Flavor Profile: Rich maple notes.
Our Process: Each date is pitted leaving behind the syrupy shell, which is hand-cut to dry into small bite-size pieces.

Ataulfo Mango

Bite into a piece of mango for an instant burst of summer. Not only is their flavor incredible, they’re also a great source of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber. 
  • Seasonality: March-June.
  • From: Peru.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet and creamy.
Our Process: Each mango is delicately pitted then we carefully filet the juicy fruit from its protective layer.

Goldcot Apricots

Did you know that apricots have been cultivated for over 4,000 years? Like mango, they’re a very good source of vitamins A and C. They also contain potassium and manganese which help the body regulate blood pressure and brain and nerve function. 
  • Seasonality: June-July.
  • From: Palisade, Colorado.
  • Flavor Profile: Intensely-tart and sweet.
Our Process: Each apricot is pitted then hand-cut into thin crescents creating two different textured bites.

Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji Apples

Did you know there are more than 7,500 different kinds of apples grown throughout the world? Apples are a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals that all aid in cardiovascular health, weight control, and can help prevent free radicals. 
  • Seasonality: August-February.
  • From: California.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet, tangy, slightly sour.
Our Process: Each apple is washed thoroughly then cored, wedged, and finally cut into paper-thin slices.

Cavendish Bananas

Bananas are considered one of the healthiest fruits in the world. They’re high in vitamins C and B6, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Bananas help strengthen and protect the immune system and are great for digestive health. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: Costa Rica.
  • Flavor Profile: Aromatic, sweet, creamy.
Our Process: Each banana is hand-cut with fine Japanese stainless steel into paper-thin circular slices.

Valencia Oranges

This immune-boosting powerhouse is known for its high vitamin C content, but it’s also rich in vitamin A, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and fiber which keeps your body healthy and strong. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: California.
  • Flavor Profile: Tart, aromatic, berry hints.
Our Process: Each orange is pealed, wedged, and muddled into a topping for the bed of apple slices.

Meyer Lemons

The flavor of lemon is essential in so many dishes. But more than a versatile flavor, it’s also a good source of nutrients such as vitamins C and B6, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: Riverside, California.
  • Flavor Profile: Intensely sour, aromatic.
Our Process: Each lemon is pealed, wedged, and blended into a antioxidant-rich berry purée.

Morus Alba Mulberry

Mulberries look very similar to blackberries, but they’re actually related to figs! They’re sweet and impressively nutritious, containing many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can lower cholesterol, reduce high blood sugar, and help protect against diseases. 
  • Seasonality: June-August.
  • We Get Ours From: Anatolia, Turkey.
  • Flavor Profile: Honey-sweet, slightly tart.
Our Process: Each mulberry is sorted, dried, and paired with goji and golden berries.

Lycium Barbarum Goji

Also know as wolfberries, goji berries are an incredible super-food that aid in disease prevention and eye health. Goji berries have been studied for their fertility promoting qualities. 
  • Seasonality: June-August.
  • From: Qinghai, China.
  • Flavor Profile: Tart and slightly sour.
Our Process: Each goji berry is sorted, dried, and paired with mulberries and golden berries.

Bababerry Raspberry

Though the red raspberry is a classic, they also come in black, yellow, and a sweeter Golden Raspberry variety. They’re rich in vitamins C, E, and K, folate, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and fiber. 
  • Seasonality: May-November.
  • From: California.
  • Flavor Profile: Smooth, sweet, and tart.
Our Process: Raspberries are both individually dried standing up and blended into a antioxidant-rich purée.

June Bearing Strawberry

Strawberries are a timeless fruit. Their sweet taste is matched by their impressive nutritional value - they’re an excellent source of vitamins C, A, and K, as well as potassium, manganese, magnesium, and fiber. 
  • Seasonality: April-November.
  • From: California.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet and mildly sour.
Our Process: Each strawberry is washed, hulled, and hand cut to thin vibrant slices.

Peppermint

Peppermint has been loved for thousands of years for its versatile health benefits. It can be used in everything from skincare to aromatherapy to treating digestive issues and headaches, easing sinus pain, freshening breath, and boosting energy. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: Colorado.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet with lingering cool.
Our Process: Each mint leaf is plucked from its stem, washed, and chopped into a refreshing topping.

Ceylon Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most important spices used daily by people all over the world. It helps fight inflammation, disease, and has even been studied to have benefits against neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: Sri Lanka.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet with spice aroma.
Our Process: Each cinnamon stick is hand-ground and then spread as a topping on a bed of apple slices.

Madagascar Vanilla

Vanilla is a essential flavor used all over the world in many types of cuisine. Vanilla adds incredible flavor and contains health-boosting antioxidants plus promotes hair and skin health. 
  • Seasonality: July-October.
  • From: Madagascar.
  • Flavor Profile: Aromatic, creamy, smoky.
Our Process: Vanilla extract is added to Grizzly Lake Granola wet mix for aromatic hints of sweet flavor.

Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Oats contain a type of fiber that helps slow digestion, increase satiety, and suppress appetite. They’re also rich in nutrients that help with weight control and digestive health. 
  • Seasonality: July-October.
  • From: Milwaukie, Oregon.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweet with earthy notes.
Our Process: Oats are seasoned with a mix of wet and dry ingredients then bake in small batches until golden brown.

Native Texas Pecans

Pecans are a heart-healthy snack as they can lower cholesterol. Pecans are full of protein and fiber plus vitamins that promote skin health like vitamin E, A, zinc, folate and phosphorous. 
  • Seasonality: November-December.
  • From: McGregor, Texas.
  • Flavor Profile: Buttery with vanilla notes.
Our Process: Each pecan is shelled, sprouted, and then crumbled into Grizzly Lake Granola's wet mix.

Oilseed Sunflower

Did you know that sunflower seeds are composed of about 20% protein? They also contain valuable antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, healing, and cardiovascular benefits! 
  • Seasonality: August-September.
  • From: North Carolina.
  • Flavor Profile: Mild nutty notes.
Our Process: Shaken off the sunflower washed, dried, and finally roasted.

Hawaiian Macadamia

Macadamia nuts are a whole food that contain many healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Their nutrients help to improve heart health, may prevent weight gain, and can improve metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and weight gain. 
  • Seasonality: Year-Round.
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Flavor Profile: Creamy and slightly sweet.
Our Process: Each macadamia is shelled, sprouted, roasted, then crumbled into Grizzly Lake Granola's gluten free oat wet mix.

Lady Godiva Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which supports skin and eye health and boosts the immune system. They’re also a heart-healthy snack and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. 
  • Seasonality: September-October.
  • From: North Carolina.
  • Flavor Profile: Subtly sweet and nutty.
Our Process: Each pepita is from a variety of pumpkins grown for their seeds. They're washed, dried, and finally roasted.
If you believe that eating healthy can make a big impact on the way you feel, consider buying yourself an Aspen Crunch snack. 
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