Appetizers

Pure Earth is a fresh and juicy find

Giant juice-maker Del Monte’s specialty line of Pure Earth juices satisfies on several levels.
Giant juice-maker Del Monte’s specialty line of Pure Earth juices satisfies on several levels. apierleoni@sacbee.com

No all fruit juices are created equal, as revealed by the “contents” labels on their packaging. Some contain only a small percentage of juice mixed with water. Other “100 percent” juices blend expensive juices with less-costly ones such as pear, white grape or apple. As we discovered when we examined the contents of a carton of passion-fruit juice. It was diluted with pear juice.

So we were happy to discover Del Monte’s line of Pure Earth juices, which, the labeling says, are “not from concentrate” and have no added sugar or preservatives. They’re available four ways: pineapple, pineapple-banana-coconut, pineapple-lime and pineapple-blueberry-blackberry ($3.49 for 12 ounces).

We’ve tasted ice-cold pineapple (not too sweet), pineapple-lime (sweet-tart) and pineapple-banana-coconut (subtle and smooth), and found them delicious. All juice, all the time. We’re still searching for the pineapple-blueberry-blackberry combo, which could be the best of all.

P.S.: Del Monte says its “gold” pineapples are “hand-picked from our farms in Costa Rica.” Whatever — it’s good stuff.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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