Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the fruit sourced?

Gate to Garnish only uses 100% Australian grown citrus and fruits.

These beautiful seasonal fruits are sourced through local South Australian and Australian growers.

Why do you wash your citrus and fruits?

Once citrus and fruits are received to our kitchen, Gate to Garnish hand washes in a natural fruit wash to remove as reasonably practical any potential microorganisms found from human handling, dirt, grime, fertilisers, even dust and animal waste. 

Why low and slow dehydration?

Low and slow dehydration is about us providing you with a premium product. Because we do not want to rush mother natures work, we lock in maximum, nutrient value, colour and taste for you to enjoy without burning the citrus or fruit, or even worse, under dehydrating, which can lead to mould in your fruit, and you feeling pretty crook. And to be really sure we are providing you with perfect product, we condition all of our dehydrated citrus and fruits for a minimum of two weeks prior to packaging.

What's the nutritional value?

Gate to Garnish citrus and fruits are all-natural. We do not use any preserving additives or agents such as sulphur, we certainly don’t add any sugars, salts or oils, meaning this pure hand-crafted product range is good for you.

Because of our techniques, our dehydrated citrus and fruits can contain higher nutritional advantages of some fresh citrus and fruits because the water content has been removed, resulting in the concentration of fibre, potassium and antioxidants such as flavonoids and phenols.

Here are some typical nutritional values for dehydrated fruit:

Calories: Dehydrated fruit is energy-dense due to the removal of water. On average, it can contain around 200-300 calories per 100 grams, but this can vary depending on the type of fruit.

Carbohydrates: Dehydrated fruit is rich in carbohydrates, primarily in the form of natural sugars. It can provide quick energy, making it a popular snack for athletes and hikers. The exact carbohydrate content varies but can range from 60-80 grams per 100 grams.

Fiber: Dehydrated fruit retains its fiber content which is essential for digestive health. Fiber content can range from 5-10 grams per 100 grams, depending on the fruit.

Vitamins and Minerals: Dehydrated fruit contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and various B vitamins. Depending on the fruit, some may be slightly reduced compared to fresh fruit due to the dehydration process.

Antioxidants: Many fruits, including citrus, are rich in antioxidants that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Dehydrated fruit retains a good portion of these antioxidants.

Potassium: Some dehydrated fruits, such as bananas, are particularly rich in potassium, an essential mineral for heart health and muscle function.

Sugars: While dehydrated fruit contains natural sugars from the fruit itself, it has been recommended to us to simply let you know that our seasonal dehydrated citrus and fruits contain a higher natural concentration of sugar.

As Gate to Garnish packages single origin fruit, we are not required to provide a nutrition information panel, it’s not that we don’t want to, it’s simply that each citrus and fruit product we source has different nutrient value depending on what variety, time of the year and region our fruits and citrus are grown and harvested.

It is recommended that portion control is key when consuming dehydrated fruit due to its concentrated calorie and sugar content, best enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Why we don’t use Sulphur

Suplhur has been linked to breathing difficulties, including asthma and life-threatening
allergy-like symptoms or, in rare cases, death.

That is why Gate to Garnish dehydrates and conditions our citrus and fruit without this preserving agent.

As a result, our dehydrated fruits are thin (not fluffy), slightly crispy and on some ranges a little chewy or have a lovely caramel colour. They are completely dried, naturally, you can actually taste the difference.

What if I get lumps in my citrus dust?

Relax, this is completely natural. Because we don’t use an anti-caking agent, it is possible that at times, your citrus dust packet may develop little lumps. All you need to do is make sure your packet is sealed, then scrunch. You will see that your dust breaks back down into a lovely granular product.

How do I store Gate to Garnish products?

After two years of product testing, we are confident in recommending storage of our all-natural product range in the fridge, keeping packets well sealed after every use and in the packaging you purchased it in.

If you are travelling, store in a cool, dark, dry location and not in direct sunlight. Some of our tropical Queensland customers even store our products in their freezer with great success.

Use clean, dried fingers, tongs or spoons when removing product from its packaging.

Because of the technology behind our Australian made soft plastic packaging (designed for soft plastic recycling) our products cannot be vacuum sealed. This means that over time, air can permeate the packaging and soften the product.

As part of our commitment to the environment and potential health risks associated with the use of silica or oxygen absorbers, we have chosen not to include these within the packaging of our product range.

How much do I use?

For those who have not sampled or used our all-natural product range before, we can assure you, she may be small, but she is mighty with flavour, colour, taste and aroma.

As an example, we use 1tsp citrus dust with 750ml of water. As you drink, you will keep mixing up and releasing the all-natural fruit fibre and flavour which you can top up with more water, depending on the taste you are searching for.

Our Gate to Garnish recipes use anywhere from ¼tsp to 2tsp for our food and beverages, it depends on what you are creating or adding flavour too. Follow us on FaceBook or Instagram as we help you to get the maximum usage from this beautiful product range.

We estimate there are 40tsp of product per citrus dust bag, so we’ve got your tastebuds covered for a little while.

How much can I order?

Individual, wholesale, and commercial orders are welcomed.

Either order direct online, or email us with your enquiry.

Where else can I buy Gate to Garnish?

In addition to purchasing online through the Gate to Garnish website, we encourage you to join us at one of our regular market and event locations. It’s a lovely was to meet other South Australian creatives and makers, experience new places, and relax with an adventure day out.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for our vibrant and fun locations.

Postage within Australia

Yes, Gate to Garnish posts within Australia.

When at the online store checkout, you will be charged an Australia Post ‘Parcel Post’ flat postage fee of $10.00 for orders up to 5kg.

Postage Overseas

Please contact Gate to Garnish directly with your international order inquiry.

Refund rights

Buying online, in store or at one of our wonderful markets. Consumers have the same refund rights as they do when buying from a physical shop. This means that under the Australian Consumer Law, any item you buy is covered by ‘consumer guarantees’.

Soft Plastic Recycling

On 7 March 2023, Australia’s ‘soft plastic taskforce’, chaired by the Minister of the Department of Environment and Water, announced the launch of a soft plastic recycling pilot in late 2023 in select stores (Woolworths, Coles and Aldi), with an anticipated gradual rollout nationally in 2024, this has recently been pushed back to 2025 due to ‘numerous delays’.

This taskforce is addressing both existing stockpiles and making recommendation of current domestic soft plastic recycling facilities to identify capacity building and expansion capabilities. Concurrently, the National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS) has outlined a kerbside pilot to collect more household soft plastics. This is based on a model that would see food and grocery manufacturers pay a levy to support the recycling of the soft plastics they create. It is currently being trialled in select areas.

Gate to Garnish is nationally accredited under the former REDcycle program, meaning our food grade packaging, once the replacement soft plastic recycling initiatives are rolled out, will again be able to participate in this collection program.

Until then, we encourage all of our environmentally focused customers, to reuse their empty packaging for your own food products for short term storage, such as excess dried rice and flour or as one of our customers shared with us, they pack their children’s sandwich and snacks for school in theirs.