Introducing Razz Cranberries

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There were some big shoes to fill when Razz Cherries stopped being manufactured. They’d been a signature product for Mount Hope for years, and losing them was a hard pill to swallow. Razz cherries were dried cherries imbued with the flavor of raspberry, and they weren’t just a signature product for us either. Many of our customers counted on their unique flavor to put the finishing touch on their salads and desserts. We carry two other scrumptious cherry varieties that are also very popular, Bing and Tart, but there was something extraordinary about that raspberry infusion.

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Razz Cranberries to the Rescue

After months of searching, we feel we’ve finally found a worthy successor. In fact, we’re so pleased with this new find that we’re willing to share the name of our old favorite. We’re excited to announce the addition of Razz Cranberries to our lineup of dried fruits.

Razz Cranberries are virtually identical in appearance to typical dried cranberries, same average size and same color. They start in the mouth a bit sweeter than typical cranberries and have the distinctive flavor of raspberry, but the trademark tartness of the cranberry follows right behind. In our opinion here at Mount Hope, we think they exceed the deliciousness of the Razz Cherries. The tartness adds a little complexity that makes the over all taste much more interesting.

We also find the size of these to be a little more flexible than the Razz Cherry had been. Since cranberries are smaller than cherries, they’ll go into baked goods more easily. But they’re not so small that they can’t stand on their own atop a couple scoops of ice cream. They’re sightly smaller diameter also sits more naturally next to some Sunflower Seeds and Super Sweet Corn on top of a chopped salad. Try them in sauces, custom trail mixes, and granola too.

Razz Cranberries are made with Craberries, sugar, sunflower oil, and natural fruit flavors. There are no preservatives or colorings added. Mount Hope Wholesale is selling them in 1 and 5 pound bags, and they’re ready for you to try right away.

Urfa Biber Chile Flakes

 

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Urfa Biber Chile Flakes Now Available

Mount Hope now carries Urfa Biber chile flakes. The Urfa Biber chile takes its name from the Urfa region of Turkey where it hails from, but is also sometimes called the isot pepper. It’s a red pepper, but ends ups with a deep purplish or even purplish black color when processed. The processing involves two steps, sun drying during the day, and ‘sweating’ at night. This involves tightly wrapping the peppers when the temperature cools, which traps and keeps some of the moisture in the flesh.

Urfa Biber flakes aren’t particularly hot (about 7,500 Scoville units). They’re in the ballpark of jalapeño or guajillo, and that heat builds up slowly. We have them in 1lb bags and they’re in stock now.

Visit Urfa Biber Chile Flake page to order.

Walnut Sizes

Walnuts are among our most popular items. We sell 5 sizes from whole halves which are plump and beautiful, down to baker’s pieces which are chopped fine enough to put into dough. And don’t miss the sweet surprise at the bottom. Here is a quick overview of the whole lineup.

Walnut HalvesWhole Walnut Halves

Walnut halves are also referred to as “Whole Halves”. It sounds like a contradictory name, but it makes sense. Walnuts are tree nuts, and they grow in a shell about one and a half inches around. Inside the shell, the meat grows in two separate parts, so the biggest single piece of walnut you can have is one of these two halves. It’s called whole though because it isn’t further broken down. They’re the most expensive of the unaltered walnuts because it takes a little extra effort to keep them whole.

Walnut Halves & PiecesWalnut Halves & Pieces

This is another pretty clear name. Some whole halves, some medium size pieces. By weight, they’re about 80% pieces, and 20% halves. If you are buying walnuts to repackage rather than to cook with, halves & pieces would likely be your choice. This is the only combination option we offer.

Walnut Medium PiecesWalnut Medium Pieces

We have three sizes of walnut pieces and these are the largest. Some of the signature shape of the walnut is still recognizable. If you took a bag of whole halves and gave it a couple good thwacks on the countertop, you’d probably get pretty close to medium pieces. But it’s less expensive to just by them this way.

Walnut Syruper PiecesWalnut Syruper Pieces

One more size down and you have walnut syruper pieces, or just syrupers. It might be more reasonable to call these ‘medium’ since they’re the middle sized of the three pieces, but we don’t want things to be too easy. Syrupers are sometimes a little lighter in color, but usually its just the size that set all these apart.

Walnut Baker PiecesWalnut Baker Pieces

These are the smallest of the walnut pieces, and the name kind of gives away their purpose. They’re chopped down to be the smallest of all the walnut pieces. If they need to be rolled into dough or batter, baker’s pieces are probably the most popular way to go.

Walnut Glazed HalvesWalnut Glazed Halves

Now this one is a clearly distinct product. The only walnut we carry that has extra ingredients and processing. They’re oil roasted and have added sugar, honey, and salt. This candied variety is a killer topper for salads, and taste pretty amazing straight out of the bag. They’re kettle-cooked and have a little extra crunch from the caramelization of the sugar. Soooooo good.

How to Choose a Wholesale Food Supply Partner

The success of any business, that sells prepared food is influenced by many things. One of those factors is the partners you choose to supply the raw ingredients you’ll use. Whether you’re running a bakery, restaurant, resort, culinary school or anything else, you’ll be relying on these wholesale food suppliers for your ingredients. The quality of the food you make will depend on your creativity, execution, planning, and the ingredients you choose. Therefore selecting reputable and credible wholesale food distributors that can provide the finest quality ingredients in a dependable and timely manner is of utmost importance.

A good and reliable wholesale food partner will try to understand your particular business and make an effort to offer you the best ingredients. There are a few things to consider when choosing a wholesale food distribution service to ensure you have fresh, flavorful, high quality material with which to realize your culinary ideas and run your business efficiently.

Experience

It takes years for any business to mature and to establish itself in the industry. The experience gained over this time will be an asset to your business too. Product knowledge, procurement, and customer service are all skills that develop with experience, so it is wise to choose a wholesale food supplier which has been successfully serving the market for many years.

Reliability & Promptness

Experience is important, but reliability is even more so. A kitchen is a busy place, and you need to be able to count on your vendors to deliver promptly and reliably. The sooner the better, so your food distributor should ship your order the same day you place it. If something is backordered, you need to know immediately, not when you open the delivery and find it missing. Good communication, prompt shipment, and predictable delivery scheduling are all critical if you want to spend your time cooking and not baby sitting your orders.

Quality Ingredients

The quality and freshness of ingredients is the most important aspect of selecting a wholesale partner. Make sure your food distributors are offering fresh top-notch quality foods. Spices loose their intensity, fruits dry out, and time takes its toll on everything else too. You want your food to spend as little time as possible on a wholesaler’s shelves to ensure the the strongest freshest flavor is still intact when you get it.

Home Grown Peanuts

The peanuts that we buy and sell are harvested by tractors on peanut farms, but they can be grown right at home too. One of our employees shot this clip with his phone. His uncle, right here in the Verde Valley, thought he’d plant a few peanut plants and see what happened. They turned out great, and next year he’s planning on growing a small crop.

Black Pepper

Black Peppercorns

Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices in restaurants and at home, and is one of our biggest sellers. Whole black peppercorns are the dried fruit of a vine called Piper Nigrum. These fruits are actually still green and not yet ripe when they’re taken off the vine and set to dry for a few days.

There is a white seed inside, and as the green fruit around it shrinks and wrinkles it also darkens to nearly black. This darkened and shriveled exterior is what we’re used to seeing in a whole peppercorn. The light seed inside is why black pepper lightens up when it is ground, cracked, crushed or otherwise pulverized.

Green peppercorns and white peppercorns are from the same fruit, but processed differently and at different stages of ripeness to attain different colors and flavor.

New Mexico Chiles

New Mexico Chiles

New Mexico Chiles are about 5 inches to 7 inches long and about 1.5 inches across. Mount Hope Wholesale sells New Mexico Chiles in bulk in three varieties: dried whole red pods, dried red powder, and dried green powder. The New Mexico Chile is a very popular chile with medium heat (1,500 – 2,500 Scoville Units), but with a very quick heat dissipation. That means that you’ll definitely feel it, but the burn won’t linger very long.

Mount Hope Wholesale also offers a wide assortment of other chiles at bulk pricing, but in accessible pack sizes. Check out our full selection on our chiles category page.

Razz Cherries

After years as one of our most popular and beloved products, we are no longer able to source Razz Cherries. But don’t lose heart, we have two other dried cherries that may be able to help ease the pain.

Bing Cherries are ripened to their peak of sweetness and immediately dried and packaged to preserve their fresh and natural flavor. Despite their name, Tart Cherries are actually sweeter than the bing, being further sweetened with a bit of added sugar.