Suzhou Style Candied Fruit

Suzhou style candied fruit is a special traditional snack in Wuzhong District and Xiangcheng District of Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, with a long history. It has a unique production process, delicious taste and attractive appearance, which makes it sell well all over the country and is popular among consumers. The history of making candied fruit in Suzhou can be traced back to the Three Kingdoms Period in China (220-280 AD). Suzhou style candied fruit reached its heyday in the Qing dynasty, among which “Zhang Xiangfeng” is the most famous and has always been “Royal Food”.

The climate in Suzhou is suitable for fruit growth, and seasonal fruits can be produced a whole year. The rich fruits of plum, peach, loquat, bayberry, kumquat, etc. harvested here provide abundant raw materials for candied fruit production. The production process of candied fruit is very complicated. Firstly, using fruits and vegetables as the main raw materials, and then mix with sugar, using traditional processing methods. The candied fruit is produced by this method with a unique color and shape. Due to the elaborate production process, it is extremely delicious.

There are more than 160 varieties of Suzhou style preserves, most famous for gold silk glazed date, cream plum, gold silk preserved kumquat, sugared bayberry, Jiuzhi (Jiuzhi means complex process) preserved mandarin peel. The Suzhou style plum is sweet but a little sour. When it is contained in the mouth, it is tasty and refreshing, promote the secretion of saliva and it has a long aftertaste, which is most loved by tourists. The Suzhou-style candied tangerine fruit and candied kumquat fruit made with Dongting citrus have a strong orange flavor and sweet taste. They are tasty and refreshing as well as have the functions of refreshing taste buds, appetizing and digesting.

Dried, candied fruits kumquats in porcelain bowl.