Immediately make a reservation that dried peach, the name of which you already know, stands out favorably against the background of other analogues with its unique exquisite taste. Due to the fact that it contains many vitamins, it is often used in cooking. Mostly from these dried fruits prepare fruit drinks and compotes. However, some gourmets add them to meat dishes. In addition, these fruits are used to prepare fruit salads, desserts, pies, cakes and muffins.
Paradoxically, this rather high-calorie product with a high glycemic index is often used in programs for weight loss. Dried peaches can be used not only as a snack, but also as a separate dish. Nutritionists recommend eating no more than five pieces daily. The composition of these dried fruits is a fairly large amount of sugar, so it is often used as a sweetener, added to all kinds of cereals.
Pilaf recipe with dried peaches
To prepare this tasty and healthy dish you will need:
- one and a half cup long-grain rice,
- two tablespoons of butter,
- a glass of prunes,
- a quarter of a lemon
- two tablespoons of water
- a glass of dried peaches,
- salt and sugar to taste
- half a glass of raisins.
First you need to boil in salted water until half cooked rice. While he is standing on the stove, you can wash the dried fruits and pour boiling water over them. After half an hour, it is necessary to drain the water, in which there were peaches, prunes and raisins, cut them into small pieces and add to a container of rice. There also send oil, water, sugar and lemon-slices freed from seeds. Then the pot is placed in the oven and left there until the dish is ready.
Use in cosmetology and medicine
On the basis of dried peaches produce all kinds of lotions and scrubs. At home, they are used to make decoctions that promote rejuvenation, lightening and cleansing of the skin.
These dried fruits are used in medicine. Many doctors recommend using them to people who have recently undergone surgery. It is believed that dried peach fruits contribute to the strengthening and early recovery of a weakened and depleted organism. These fruits contain a large amount of potassium, so they should become part of the diet of those diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, including angina and arrhythmia.
In winter, they can be used to strengthen the immune system. Dried peaches are indicated for anemia and problems associated with impaired intestinal motility. A decoction or infusion made from them helps to relieve stomach heaviness.
How to dry a peach
What else can you advise? I have more than 8 years experience in this business, I recently acquired a second electric dryer, since the first model has become obsolete. Once again, it is better to take the equipment with a thermostat. A useful feature - protection against overheating, I advise you to pay attention to this nuance. The weak point of such dryers are the pallets themselves, which eventually begin to break. I noticed that this is actively happening after their intensive washing. After drying the fruit on the pallet remains dried fruit juice released from the fruit. You just need to pour the trays with water and detergent and wait until the juice is wet, then gently wash them with a sponge. In this case, the lattice will remain intact.
Not everyone has the opportunity and desire to acquire a special dryer, and I want dried peaches. What to do? Take advantage of the oven. The temperature is set within 60-70 degrees. It is better to cover the baking sheet with parchment; it will be easier to tear off the dried peach from it than from the baking sheet itself. However, this type of drying requires attention, the fruit in the oven can quickly burn and turn into coals, and therefore it should be periodically, several times an hour to check the status of the peach in the oven.
Dried peach is good in tea, for which a few of its slices should be added to the tea pot along with the tea. Also in winter you can cook compote, jelly. Well dried peach goes as a filling in pies. It is recommended to add this dried fruit, broken into pieces, at the last minute of cooking oatmeal - it will be delicious. If your teeth are fine, then in the winter you will be happy to gnaw this fragrant fruit with your own strength. Enjoy your meal!
Properties of dried peach
This fruit is even dried contains a huge amount of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the human body for normal performance. In general, it includes the following components:
- Proteins - 3% of the total weight of the dried fruit.
- Carbohydrates - about 57%.
- The main part is occupied by disaccharide substances, the content of which reaches 53%.
- Fibers of food origin - about 20 grams.
- Vitamins - mainly beta-carotene, vitamins PP, A and E.
Calorie and chemical composition
Before talking about the benefits or dangers of products, it is necessary to understand its composition, so we begin with the basic chemical elements, caloric content and nutritional value.
It is no secret that any drying has a very high caloric content due to the fact that all the moisture was “extracted” from it - accordingly, we consume only dry substances, in which sugar, vitamins and other nutrients remain.
For this reason, dried peach has a caloric content of 254 kcal, which is comparable to the caloric content of white bread (loaf).
Nutritional value (per 100 g):
- proteins - 3 g,
- fats - 0.4 g,
- carbohydrates - 57.7 g
Since the composition contains about 15% sugar (the same carbohydrates), it is impossible to call a diet product in any way, let alone base a diet on it. It contains several acids: malic, tartaric, citric, quinic and chlorogenic. Also contains a small amount of vitamins: A (0.6%) and C (up to 0.2%). In even smaller quantities contain vitamins PP, B1, B2, E.
Dried peaches contain quite important trace elements: calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
At first glance, the composition may seem poor, but you should pay attention to the coloring elements of the type of carotene, namely: lycopene, cryptoxanthin and seksantin. Although these substances are not vitamins, they also contribute to the functioning of our body.
Before proceeding to further characterization of dried peach, it is worth telling about the name of this product. The word is quite rare and, most likely, has Oriental roots. Dried peach is called "whispered." However, whispering is also called dried apricot with a stone, which was grown in Asia, so be vigilant when buying.
Dried peach, despite the high caloric content and a large percentage of sugar, has a large number of useful properties. The first thing you should pay attention - iron, which is part of the product. It not only improves the composition of the blood, but also stabilizes the level of hemoglobin, thereby increasing the body's resistance to various diseases. It should be borne in mind that the drying we usually use in the cold season, when the protective functions of the body are reduced.
Also whisper tones the nervous system, which helps to withstand large mental stress. This is especially useful for students during a session or for people whose work is associated with very high mental loads.
The sear, among other things, has antibacterial properties, so it is useful to use it for people who have problems with the digestive tract due to the action of various bacteria.
How to choose when buying
If you live in a big city, then you can only find these products in hypermarkets, in which it can, for years without having a great popularity. That is why you need to choose the right sear, so that the product is of high quality and useful.
If you have never seen dried peach, then imagine a dried slice of a whole apple. Approximately the same shape and color should have a sear.
Most often, "drying" is sold in sealed bags, so the smell is quite difficult. But it is the smell that can tell you how clean and fresh the product is. If the dried peach has no smell at all, then it is definitely soaked in any substances that prolong its shelf life and certainly will not benefit you.
Also pay attention to the color. Quite often, drying has scurf or any stains. A good quality product should be free of patches, and the spots should have a yellow or light brown color. Black or dark brown spots indicate that products are overdue.
Look carefully at the peaches. They should not be condensed. Wet or wet products are potentially dangerous, as they not only reduce the shelf life, but also contribute to the reproduction of disease-causing organisms.
How to dry yourself
Above, we said that you can only find drying in large stores, however, if you have enough time and the necessary space, you can buy a few dozen kilograms of peaches and dry yourself.
To begin, learn how to dry peaches in the sun.
All products are sorted and washed. Next, the peaches are cut in two, removed bones. The halves are laid out on a large blanket or some fabric in a sunny place. Laid out peaches only in one row, skinned down. To prevent our products from being “covered” with a huge number of flies during the drying process, it should be covered with a grid with very small cells.
As soon as the fruit is strongly shriveled and changes color to dark golden, they should be checked for moisture and, if they are completely dry, collect and move it into the house.
If it is impossible to dry on the street, you can use the oven. You will need to take a small sheet of plywood, lay out the prepared halves on it and, heating the oven to 65˚С, carry out the drying of the products.
Do not think that in 40-50 minutes the fruit is completely dried, so every hour turn off the oven and pull out the peaches so that they cool down. So you get the drying, which is devoid of moisture. Otherwise, the halves will be very dry on top and wet inside.
How to store at home
Now let's talk about how to store dried peaches.
The best storage containers are linen bags, especially if you manage to dry a large number of sear. You need to store in a dark, cool place with minimal humidity, otherwise drying will rot or become covered with mold.
If the question is how to store dried peaches after purchase, then it is better to select a special container of glass or plastic and keep drying in it.
Please note that under all storage conditions, the sear can last about 2 years.
Purchased products are quite expensive, so it is not advisable to make compotes from them or to use them for decorating salads. In the case of purchase of drying for medicinal purposes, it is worth eating the dried fruit, and not products that involve heat treatment.
It is worth recalling that dried peaches have such a rich chemical composition only for the reason that they are not exposed to high temperatures, which destroy vitamins and beneficial substances.
If you dried a large amount of dried fruits, then on their basis you can make pies, salads, use for cooking meat or fish in the oven.
Do not forget that the usual oatmeal after adding dried fruit turns into very tasty muesli with increased nutritional value and calorie content.
Contraindications and harm
Unfortunately, not everyone can savor the whisper, because the product has its own contraindications.
It is forbidden to use it for obesity or diabetes, as drying has a very large percentage of sugar. Also, do not get carried away and have kilograms of whispering, as it can cause an allergic rash or, if you have problems with the digestive tract, aggravate the situation.
Now you know how correctly this product is called, how useful and valuable it is. Try to use the minimum amount of purchased products, as it most likely contains various preservatives. Pay attention to the reaction of the organism so that the treatment of dried fruit does not cause the appearance of new problems.
Composition and properties of dried peaches
What is so good composition of dried peachesand what is their difference from fresh fruits? Perhaps the main difference can be considered caloric: if in fresh ripe fruits 35-45 kcal per 100 g, then dried peaches are 5-6 times more caloric. Dried peaches contain organic acids, a little protein and fats, including unsaturated, and carbohydrates and dietary fibers they are much richer, vitamins - beta carotene, A, C, E, B, minerals - a lot of potassium, a lot of calcium , sodium, magnesium and phosphorus, iron, natural dyes, carotenoids and essential oil.
In addition to the delicate taste and seductive aroma, which are already in themselves uplifting, dried peaches help maintain health and maintain good health - no worse than fresh fruit. Their use allows you to recover faster after physical and mental stress, strengthens the immune system, improves the functioning of the gallbladder and the composition of the blood - the hemoglobin level returns to normal. This last property of peaches can significantly alleviate the condition of pregnant women: to help fill up the level of vitamins and minerals in the body, to avoid iron deficiency anemia, and even get rid of nausea during toxicosis.
Peaches are prescribed for the prevention of cardiovascular and nervous diseases, as part of a therapeutic diet, for varicose veins, sluggish bowel function, arrhythmias and angina pectoris. In the latter cases, an important role is played by a high content of potassium, and it is recommended to eat several fruits, soaked in advance on an empty stomach in the morning. Even with cancer problems, especially after radiation therapy or surgery, peaches help patients regain strength and restore health.
By regularly consuming dried peaches, it is possible to eliminate the processes of decay and fermentation in the intestines. For young children, they can be given for constipation instead of a laxative, or they can give peach broth to water: the problem will be solved gently and painlessly. Adults also do not interfere with getting used to drinking fasting decoction of dried peaches: during our life, about half of the adult population in developed countries suffers from heaviness in the stomach and an irregular stool. After a hearty feast at the festive table, also eat some dried peaches for dessert, or drink a glass of broth.
Even peaches are useful to eat with liver and kidney diseases, disorders of the urogenital system, arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, etc.
Eating peaches also allows the body to cleanse itself of toxins and improve skin condition. Those whose age comes to 40 years old should love peaches, and make them, both fresh and dried, an integral part of the diet: after all, they were not called "fruits of youth and immortality" in antiquity. Infusion of dried peaches is used in cosmetology, as a part of lotions, with it you can prepare homemade lotions and tonics: their use brightens and rejuvenates the skin. Thoroughly chopped dried peaches are added to homemade scrubs - they cleanse the skin of “outdated” cells well.
Dried peaches in cooking
Many people, thanks to dried peaches, were able to abandon the "sweet" snacks cakes and chocolate bars, and made their food more healthy and balanced.
But these dried fruits can be used much more widely, practically in any culinary recipes. Traditionally, peaches are prepared with desserts, drinks, put them in pastries and ice cream. Fruit salads with them become tastier and healthier, but you can combine them with vegetables - for example, with carrots, and with dairy products - cream, yogurt, yogurt, non-sharp cheese.
Meat dishes with dried peaches acquire a special taste and delicate aroma. So, if you bake the pork in the oven, in a sauce of peaches, adjika, sour cream and lemon juice, the taste of meat will become very tender and slightly tart, the crisp on it will be thin and appetizing, and the delicious flavor will not leave indifferent even a vegetarian. You can cook with peaches and pilaf, about the same as with dried apricots or raisins.
If you add thinly sliced peaches to your child’s morning porridge, it will be easier to feed him: even capricious children rarely refuse such a breakfast.
Dried peaches are contraindicated in diabetes and obesity, but in general there are no special restrictions. Конечно, злоупотребление ими может привести к аллергии, но это же можно сказать и о любом другом полезном продукте.
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