Valley Fig Growers

Bulk Figs

Fig Bulk Packs - General Information

Locally grown in the central valley, we offer both California mission and golden figs.  Our California mission figs are available as conventional or organic which are certified by the State of California and the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) organization. 

Organic Figs moisture levels:
21-24% maximum

Conventional Figs moisture levels:
21-24% Maximum with or without preservatives 
26-30% Maximum with preservatives

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Why some customers request Preservatives

Dried Figs in their natural condition are a remarkably stable food; however, when the moisture content is raised to enhance their palatability, they become more susceptible to mold and yeast growth. To preserve high moisture processed figs (26-30% moisture levels), potassium sorbate is added. This preservative, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is widely used in the food industry.

When added to foodstuffs, potassium sorbate releases sorbic acid, its preserving component. Sorbic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid very similar to other such acids which occur naturally in edible fats and oils. Sorbic acid is completely metabolized in the body, and therefore may be considered a food. It is effective as a mold inhibitor and does not affect the flavor or taste of the treated food. The amount of sorbic acid required to obtain a preserving action is nominal; as a rule, 500 ppm or 0.05% (by weight) is sufficient.

Sulfur dioxide may be used on golden varieties to retain color. These varieties may be available without sulfur dioxide on special order.

What is Sugaring and why does it occur

“Surfacing” of natural sugars occurs more rapidly at lower moisture levels and appears as surface sugar crystals. No liability for prevention of this natural phenomenon is assumed by Valley Fig Growers. The appearance of “sugaring” does not indicate spoilage; it merely alters the product’s appearance. All moisture determinations are made by the DFA moisture meter.

Recommended Storage

  • 40°- 70°F, humidity levels 55% 
  • Shelf life: 6 month

Industrial / Foodservice Ingredients

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