No one will for sure tell the truth about where the pears first appeared 🍐. It is only known that initially they grew up as wild inedible plants. And only in the process of evolution, they acquire taste and beneficial properties. Dried pears become more frequent only after the 16th century. In addition, they were never served raw, only by pre-treating with boiling water.
After some time, the situation changes dramatically and breeders manage to bring a large number of different varieties of fruit. Dried pears and apples are becoming an integral part of everyday life in many countries. And their useful properties are applied in various fields of activity, up to cosmetology. At the same time, some varieties still retain a sour taste, while others, on the contrary, give off sugar sweetness. A modern fruit can differ in almost everything - the skin color, aroma, taste and even beneficial properties.
The Use of Dried Pears
The benefits of even a dried fruit are beyond doubt even among true adherents of modern pharmaceuticals and chemical preparations. After all, pear contains a huge amount of popular bioactive substances. Experts say that in this form the fruit is saturated with vitamins, sugars, acids, fiber and minerals. Useful properties of the fruit allow it to eat suffering from diabetes and overweight patients. This is due to the saturation of fructose, which does not require insulin for absorption.
In folk medicine, not only dried fruits are used, but also leaves. To cope with infusions and decoctions of these components help with anemia, inflammatory processes of the urinary tract, liver diseases, heart ailments and kidney problems.
Some properties of the fruit, namely the presence of quercetin in it, help to treat skin diseases. Therefore, often similar products are used in cosmetology.
But, despite the popularity of cosmetic procedures, a special place dried pear finds in medicine, both folk and scientific. The use of the fetus is prescribed during an increase in temperature, for the outflow of urine from the body, for the treatment of constipation, as a remedy for cough and even as a disinfectant.
The main advantage is the absence of sugar syrup, which is replaced by natural sweetness. The number of calories differs from the nutritional value. In this regard, the dried fruit is often used as a means of treating problems with the pancreas. These products are capable of removing heavy metals and toxins.
It is for all the above reasons, and it is necessary to know the usefulness of a dried pear in order to include it, if not in the daily, then at least a weekly diet. In addition to the dried fruit, you can use the dried version, which is gaining popularity in the winter. In the cold season, a compote of dried pears, which many people call uzvar, is very much appreciated.
Dried fruit goes well with many foods. It gives a special taste of dairy products and cereals. It is not recommended to use it with milk due to the increased likelihood of diarrhea. Naturally, the most spectacular add dried fruit in baking.
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The benefits and harms are explained by many of the indicators that will be discussed below.
Methods for the preparation of dried fruit
Every housewife has long found a reliable and convenient way to cook products at home. And for those who still have not found the most attractive way for themselves, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the most popular ones.
Three types of drying pears for familiarization:
- Drying entirely. It is best to use small varieties. Before the procedure, the fruits are washed and removed the substrate. The skin can be cut (mostly with hardness) or left. Cook in the oven at a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius. After this, a powder is created which is stored in a wooden box.
- Cutting in half. Preparation and cooking process is the same as in the previous case. The main difference is scalding in boiling water before being placed in the oven for a maximum of 10 minutes. In this case, the fruit is dried at a temperature of from 65 to 85 degrees, gradually increasing it from a lower figure to a higher one. The finished fruit is stored in whole pieces.
- With the addition of honey. After a similar cleaning procedure and cutting into two or three parts, the fruit is placed in acidified water with citric acid or juice. Per liter of liquid is taken not more than half a teaspoon. Then, after drying, they are transferred to the honey solution. On a liter of water is taken about a glass of honey. In this syrup, they boil for about 15 minutes. The drying process takes place in an electric dryer or oven oven at a temperature of from 55 to 70 degrees Celsius.
Contraindications, benefits and portions
As with any product, dried pears have benefits and harms to human health. To approach the process of treatment or diet correctly, it is recommended to know in advance about these features.
Particular attention should be paid to the varieties having the astringency or acidity of the fruit. They contain special substances that can harm older people, paralytics, and those who suffer from ailments of the nervous system. This is primarily due to the strengthening effect that affects the liver and gastrointestinal tract. Older people, even a small mass of fresh pears can cause harm. Therefore, they are recommended to serve them baked or as part of compotes.
Due to excessive fiber content, mucous membranes may suffer. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to prepare the fruit with the greatest loss of this substance. When choosing a suitable product is recommended to pay attention to the flavor. The more pronounced it is, the more likely it is to receive benefits.
The recipe is very simple. Pears should be eaten dried in any convenient way. They are usually soaked in water before use. Often create compotes, less baking, due to the solid structure of the dried fruit.
To preserve useful properties, you need to know how to store the fruit. Often, due to improper placement in the dried fruit, a mole is made up. At the same time almost the entire stock is spoiled. Also, it is necessary to protect dried pears from moisture. Details on how to store these fruits at home are reported in cooking recipes.
You must constantly remember that pears do not eat on an empty stomach. They are recommended to be used only after a 30-minute break after a meal. If you decide to fill the fruit with water, you should use a warm liquid. Although this technique is not recommended. After eating them you do not need to eat heavy food, such as meat.
How to save the collected fruits before drying, you can learn from the special literature. After all, the collected fruits should also be of better quality.
Experts say that even after cooking compote or decoction, pears are not recommended to be thrown. They need to be eaten with strong suffocation, which often occurs during asthma attacks or tuberculosis. The name of a suitable fetus must be obtained from the attending physician. After all, each variety has unique properties due to its taste characteristics.
Often there is a diet that involves taking uzvar as one of the dishes. This is a special drink that is prepared exclusively from dried fruit. Most often it is made from apples and pears, but often they add plums and currants. The process of harvesting begins at the time of ripening. In many villages, drying of pears and other berries and fruits for the purpose of their further consumption is still practiced. In addition, uzvar is often the same drink during the Christmas holidays. It helps strengthen the immune system during the winter days and gives energy to the body.