Because freeze drying removes nearly all moisture or water content from the food, it has a much crispier, airy texture than food that is simply dehydrated. Dehydrated fruit, for example, tends to be chewy and sweet because it still holds about a third of its original water content (some dried fruits such as bananas become hard and brittle). On the other hand, fruit that is freeze-dried contains little to no moisture content at all. This allows foods that are freeze-dried to have a crispy, crunchy texture. You’ll be surprised at how much lighter in weight freeze dried fruit is compared to dehydrated fruit.