Dehydrated fruit salad
The fruit salad is a preparation of mixed fruits, variously assorted to give an even more intense flavor in the combination. In addition to the delicious part, the fruit salad is beneficial for our body, because it increases the benefits by taking them from different fruits.
Dehydrated fruit salad: properties and benefits
Even in the dried version, a fruit salad maintains its properties by combining vitamins and mineral salts , available all together in the mix.
In this case, we offer a mix of dehydrated fruit consisting of peaches, kiwis, pears, cherries, coconut, apples, melon, grapes.
Each type of fruit, in fact, has different properties, and we refer to the sheets of each to acquire the values and properties themselves.
We can, however, mention that the level of vitamins will be enhanced, given that some fruits contain more vitamin C, others vitamin A or beta-carotene, the minerals present in apples or cherries, go well with the freshness coconut, rich in phosphorus and zinc; furthermore, the antioxidant properties of grapes are enhanced by those of kiwis.
In particular, among the fruit salads that contain vitamin C there is Kiwi, while vitamin A is contained in melon, cherries, peaches and grapes.
These two substances allow us to increase our level of well-being both in the immune system, both for the beauty of skin and hair, and for the health of sight.
Different sugars that give energy in a beneficial way are contained in the fruit of this fruit salad, as well as various mineral salts including potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
There are various antioxidants and amino acids useful for our body, which we can introduce into the body in a single handful of dehydrated fruit salad.
Antioxidants , in particular, are important fighting compounds that help prevent and repair the stress that results from cell oxidation. This natural process occurs during the normal functions of our body, in which a small percentage of cells are damaged and turn into free radicals.
Radicals are "enemies" that can initiate a chain reaction to damage multiple cells, and favor the onset of certain diseases.
Origins and history of fruit salad
The fruit mix that is defined fruit salad, probably takes its name from region of the same name, Macedonia of the Balkan region. In this territory, historically there are many different populations that cohabit together: Bulgarians, Macedonians, Greeks, Albanians, Serbs and Turks.
For this reason, it represents a “mixed” region from an ethnic point of view and was the source of the French Macédoine. But this is not the only hypothesis that led to the evocation of fruit salad as a dessert.
Perhaps, according to other scholars, its name dates back to ancient Rome, precisely at the time of Emperor Justinian. General Belisario's wife, Antonina, appears to have had a lover she cared very much about.
To investigate this, Belisario interrogated a maid, named Macedonia, who revealed the affair between the two to Belisario. Seeing that Antonina convincingly denied her betrayal, Belisario believed in his wife's innocence, and punished Macedon for her alleged lie.
She was torn apart by Antonina and then, her remains were collected in a sack and thrown into the sea. From this macabre story, the saying "make a fruit salad" could have been born.
Yet another conjecture, is the one for which macerone was used for the preparation of fruit. Macerone is a plant so called because it is called Macedonicum petroselinum (parsley from Macedonia), and has a celery flavor, different from the many fruits present in the dish.
In any case, in Italian this term is used to indicate the mixture of fruit cut into small pieces, since the early twentieth century, used by the famous chef Artusi.
Plants and Fruits
Melon : the plant is Cucumis melo, a climber of the pumpkin family, the Cucurbitaceae.
Peaches: the Peach tree (Prunus persica), is a fruit tree of the rose family (Rosaceae).
Kiwi : the female kiwi plant (Actinidia chinensis) is a tree of Chinese origin, which produces flowers and fruits.
Pears : born from the pear tree (Pyrus communis) a fruit plant belonging to the rosaceae family and to the pome fruit subgroup.
Cherries : the tree of Ciliegio is one of several trees of the genus Prunus. Cultivation includes black cherries (Prunus cerasus) and sweet cherries (Prunus avium).
Coconut : the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera L., is part of the Arecaceae family (order of palms).
Apples : the apple tree derives from Malus domestica, a tree of the Rosaceae family, native to Asia and widespread all over the world.
Grapes : the famous fruit derives from Vitis Vinifera Vitis L., called European vine, a shrub plant belonging to the Vitaceae family.
Nutritional values of dehydrated fruit salad
The values may vary according to the quantity of dried fruit present, both in terms of calories and nutritional content. The dehydrated fruit mix, in any case, contains the main vitamins and minerals, fibers and antioxidants typical of the fruits contained in the package.
For the nutritional values of the individual fruits, please refer to the nutritional sheets of peaches, kiwis, pears, cherries, coconut, apples, melon, grapes.
How to consume dehydrated fruit salad in the kitchen or as a snack
Clearly, the main use of this dried fruit mix is just like a snack, a satiating and satiating snack - also thanks to the mixture of the many flavors together.
These small pieces of dried fruit are the perfect food for a quick fix to hunger pangs - especially when we're trying to stick to a diet.
As a snack for athletes, dry fruit salad is excellent for replenishing vitamins and minerals after a workout, or before sports to avoid digestive problems.
The dehydrated fruit mix can still be added to salads to give a sweet touch, or to mixes of other dried fruit and cereals. Useful as a decoration, it is used on muffins, cupcakes, cakes, sweets, ice cream.
Can be used to flavor yogurt, natural drinks and smoothies. It can also be used in the preparation of tea, to flavor it with a flavor that fades into many variations.
This dehydrated fruit salad can also be used as an ingredient for the preparation of energy bars.
Dehydrated fruit salad: side effects and contraindications
Being made up of different fruits, it is good to evaluate if there is one of the ingredients to which you are allergic or intolerant.
In any case, diabetics are advised to refrain from consuming fruit salad in large doses, due to the high level of sugar present in the dried fruit mix.