Rind: Orchard Blend

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I connected with the Rind story quickly. Matt Weiss, owner of Rind, tells the story of his great-grandmother, Helen. Not all kids get to meet their great-grandmothers. I was lucky enough to meet three of mine. His story touched me and I ordered samples of his dried fruit rinds. Ironically enough, my grandma (and I'm sure probably all three of the great-grandmas) dried peels during the summer and then rehydrated them and used them for her famous fried fruit pies. I felt an instant connection. 
Deliciously tangy and chewy slices of USA-grown dried fruit with nothing added. All-natural, peel-powered whole ingredients, including yellow peach, sweet persimmon and tart green apple. No sulfites. No added sugar. Kosher and Non-GMO project verified, vegan, gluten free.
Matt's story: 

In the 1920s, well before kale was cool, my great-grandmother, Helen Seitner, a passionate health food pioneer, opened her own natural foods store.  The Stay-Well health shop in Flint, Michigan carried all sorts of produce, vitamins, bulk seeds and nuts.  She was ahead of her time in focusing on the power of these whole foods and grains. She refused to carry white flour in the store, only whole wheat. She’d purchase 100 pound bags of carrots for juicing and, most importantly, she insisted on letting nothing go to waste. It was this last piece of advice that left the greatest impression on me.  She juiced daily, using only whole fruits and vegetables—roots, rind, stem, seeds and all. I vividly remember her skin glowing orange from all the beta-carotene! I grew up seeing the benefits of her healthy lifestyle as she lived to nearly 100 and was full of vitality even later in life.