Dried fruit suggestions for traditional English/French fruitcake?

I want to make a traditional fruitcake, but the "diced fruits for cake" mixtures are a little neon and scary. Any suggestions for brands or alternatives to the acid-green and candy-apple-red mixtures? Thanks for any advice!

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Ted
Ted December 13, 2018

If you look a the various fruitcake recipes over on the King Arthur Flour website, you'll get ideas for dried fruits to use. You can also buy various blends of dried fruits from them.

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Wendy
Wendy December 13, 2018

Raisins, figs, dried cranberries, currants, candied ginger and citrus peel, dried apricots and pear and dates for sweet neon cherry replacement.

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Nancy December 13, 2018

If you want a French direction, use a simple combo of dried apricots and dried plums (Pierre Herme) or dried apricots and raisins (Julia Child) from their Pain d'epices recipes.

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witloof
witloof December 14, 2018

I made some beautiful fruitcakes last year from a King Arthur recipe. I used dried pineapple, California apricots, sour cherries, currants, figs, candied orange peel, and cantaloupe.

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