If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy snack, dried fruit is hard to beat. But it has to be good dried fruit, starting with good fresh fruit, and without a bunch of added junk. Fruits that dry well without additives include strawberries, peaches, apricots, and cherries. (I did bananas once, but you have to soak them in something — I used orange juice — and they’re a complete mess. Good, though.)

And mangos.


Shown here is one sliced mango on a dehydrator tray, with two jars of dried mango in the background.

All you need is a good dehydrator, some good, ripe (but not mushy!) mangos (Costco is currently selling them for around $7.50 for nine), and a good knife (my tool of choice is a Wusthof classic paring knife). And some time.

(I can’t think of mangos now without thinking about the Flight of the Conchords mutha uckin fruit song.)