Dried fruits

Bilberry

Vaccinium myrtillus L.

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.)

Bilberry is rich source of vitamin C which positively affects our immunity and helps prevent broad variety of diseases. As vitamin C isn’t the only beneficial element that bilberry contains, there are antioxidants, vitamin P, provitamin A, reservatrol, B-complex vitamins, etc. This makes bilberry strong antioxidant and helpfull ally against free-radicals, blood fat and cholesterol, water retention and so on.

Aronia Berries

Aronia

Aronia Berries (Aronia)

Aronia berries, also called a Vitamin bomb contains variety of vitamins besides high amounts of bioactive compounds. Vitamin P, C, B – complex vitamins, Vitamin E. Aronia berries also contain organic acids, sugars (sorbit), antocyans, iodine, pectin, etc. This „mixture“ of active elements makes aronia berries a miracle of home medicine.

Lingonberry

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

Lingonberry is one of herbs, where we can use either leaves and fruits. Fruits aren’t used fresh. They’re harvested between June and September, we need to focus on colour of the fruits to be depply red but still firm on touch. Lingonberry contains high amounts of antioxidants, flavonoids, tannins, vitamins A, B5, C, E and minerals : magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, chromium, iodine. It is a strong antioxidant, surpress fatigue and has anti-inflammatory effects.

Blackberry

Fructus rubi fructosi

Blackberry (Fructus rubi fructosi)

Fruits of blackberries and tayberries, mainly of dark kinds ( fruits of purple to black colour) contain high levels of bioflavanoids with high antioxidant effect which can prevent tumors and heart diseases, damage caused by free-radicals ( including cell oxidation ), helps slow down brain functions degradation at older people. Has anti-inflammatory effects, helps with effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Blackcurrant

Ribes nigrum

Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum)

Blackcurrant is rich source of Vitamin C ( 30mg from 100g of berries ), but also Vitamin P and is one of the top fruits in content of bioflavanoids. Also Pectin and significatn amounts of reservatrol. Characteristic scent of berries and leaves is mainly caused by essential oils. Blackcurrant is a wildly growing plant yet fruits are harvested from cultivated shrubs.

Rowanberry

Sorbus aucuparia

Rowanberry (Sorbus aucuparia)

Rowanberries contain organic acids ( parasorbine acid, sorb acid, malic, tartaric, etc. ), sugars, sorbit, sorbosis, carotinoid sorbusin, vitamin C, tannins, pectin, antocyans, essential oils, flavanoids, etc. Blooms contain simillar elements, but with compound simillar to female hormones in addition. Rowanberries have mild laxative and diuretic effects, increase bile production. They’re used as antirheumatic agent, to excrete urinal sand and smaller stones or as agent regulating the bowel functions. They have proven to be usefull against inflammations of breathing canals.

Seabuckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Colour of the fruit is usually orange or red. Seabuckthorn contains complex of B vitamins – B1, B2, B6, B3 (nicotinamide, vitamin PP) helping with harmonic function of CNS, B9 ( folic acid) causing nucleic acids synthesis, hematopoiesis and helps in pregnancy with fetus growth and correct development. Vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E.

Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Raspberries are popular among consumers of small fruits mainly because of their taste. Raspberries are sometimes dried the same way as blackberries, although that way isn’t viable as they loose a lot of weight during the drying. Fruits, juice and other products from them are helpful in fevers and inflammatory diseases thanks to their antioxidant power. They also improve health of smokers and alcoholics.

Elderberry

Rubus idaeus

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Old saying says : „ Bow before chamomile and kneel before elderberry“ or „ It’s cure against nine diseases and is considered a magical herb“
Elderberry is deciduous shrub which has broad usage in healing, pharmacy and even in food industry. Fresh fruits of elderberry have laxative effects which are eliminated by drying or processing.

Pear

Rubus idaeus

Pear (Pyrus)

Pears are cultivated and a part of our diet for thousands of years. In areas of North Caucasus was Pear tree and walnut tree considered sacred. Pears are good source of dietary fibre and thanks to low GI are suitable for diabetics. They support regeneration, digestion, help with skin aging and organism detoxication.

Quince

Cydonia oblonga

Quince (Cydonia oblonga)

Fruits of Quince tree, with their distinctive citrus scent are one of the most neglected fruits and that’s due to tart taste of fresh fruits which makes them ( with few exceptions through cultivars ) inedible. The tart taste dissapears with processing of the fruit and quince is helpful addition to our diet. Helps in digestion issues and with sore throat. It’s beneficial for colon health thanks to pectin. Quince contain vitamin C, B- complex vitamins, iron, phosphorus and potassium which all are beneficial compounds to our health.

Apples

Malus domestica

Apples (Malus domestica)

One of the most common types of fruit not only in middle Europe. Apples contain vitamin C and a number of antioxidants, which help protect DNA in human cells thus help lower the risk of cancer. Apple pectin can also help protect kidneys from damage. Apples lower blood pressure and cholesterol and fat levels in blood. Also clean the intestines, stabilize sugar levels in blood and strenghten the gums.

Apricot

Prunus armeniaca

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Came from China. Apricots got to Europe through Armenia early AD. Apricots contain high amounts of potassium and are rich in trace elements as manganese, fluorine, cobalt and bor. The most important compound in apricots is beta-caroten (provitamin A), which has antioxidant effects and is a precursor of vitamin A.

Green raisin

Vitis vinifera

Green raisin (Vitis vinifera)

Raisins are well known ingredient in czech cuisine. They contain a number of vitamins – vitamin A, B1, B2, C and E. We can also found plenty of minerals in them, like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, bor, chromium and calcium. Another important compound contained is inulin. Inulin is prebiotic which is food for bacteria of intestinal microflora, which prevents digestive issues and strenghten the immunity.

Cocoa beans

Theobroma cacao

Cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao)

Delicacy most probably from south America, widespread by Mayans and then brought to Europe by spanish conquistadors has gained privileged position on tables of rulers throughout the world. Cocoa contains wide spectrum of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It’s primary source of magnesium and organic sulphur in nature. It also contains phenylethylamine, which is often called as hormone of love and happiness and is endogenous amphetamine. Another important compound within cocoa is. Thanks to all those compounds is raw cocoa true antidepressant.

Raw Cocoa is a true ambrosia – food of the gods.

Pineapple

Ananas comosus

Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Tropical fruit, fruit of crested pineapple of bromeliaceae family. It’s grown in many tropical and subtropical countries. pineapple contains vitamin A, B1, B2, niacin and vitamin C. Besides that It is source of some minerals, like calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains bromelain enzyme which helps with breaking of proteins and digestion.

Cherries

Prunus cerasus

Cherries (Prunus cerasus)

Sour cherries aren’t as sweet as sweet cherries, but they contain higher amount of vitamin A. In folk medicine, there’s use for either stems and fruits. Fruits contain tannins, citric and malic acid, potassium, vitamin C, iodium, beta-caroten, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus or zinc.Fruit consumption is helpful as addition in osteoporosis or in some thyroid diseases. In folk medicine is also noted their cleansing effect and that they help in haemorrhagic disorder due to iron contained.

Cherries

Prunus avium

Cherries (Prunus avium)

Cherries are fruits of a flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae . Wild cherries have been an item in human diet for several thousands of years. Sweet cherries have beneficial influence on our health as they help to clean the blood, liver and kidneys. Their consumption supports the excretion of digestive juices and urine. Studies show, that antocyans contained within darker kinds of cherries have positive influence on diabetes treatments.

Cape gooseberry

Physalis peruviana

Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)

Fruits of Physalis are called as Incan cherries. Their colour varies from yellow to orange and they contain large amount of seeds. Goldeberries also contain polyphenols and carotenoids. Both those substances belong to antioxidants group, which help protect our organism against effects of free-radicals from the outside enviroment. They’re told to have anti-inflammatory effects. They also contain vitamin C, D, A and vitamin P.

Mango

Mngifera indica

Mango (Mngifera indica)

Fruits of Mango trees were cultivated in south Asia for thousands of years. Skni of unripe, pickled or cooked mango can be consumed, but has the potential to cause contact dermatitis of the lips, gingiva, or tongue in susceptible people. Mangoes are consumed in numerous variants . Fruit is rich in vitamin C. Mangoes are also rich in phytochemicals, which are present in peel and pulp. Phytochemical content varies across mango cultivars, although most often contained is beta-caroten, provitamin A and alpha-caroten.

Persimmon

Diospyros kaki

Persimmon (Diospyros kaki)

Grown in China for more than 2 000 years, although scientifically descirbed in 1780. Kaki itself is very tasty, skin is edible, although mostly peeled. Fruits is added into fruit salads, desserts, ice creams, made into juices, marmalades and jelly. Very popular is also dried persimmon. Fruits are good source of fiber, vitamin A and manganese. Fruits also contain flavonoids, which are shown to have antioxidant effects and help prevent cancerous growth.

Figs

Ficus carica

Figs (Ficus carica)

Figs are one of the first plants cultivated by humans. Most of commercial production is in dried or otherwise preserved form as ripe fruits do not transport well. Fruits are good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. They also contain wide spectrum of flavonoids, tannins, acids and enzymes which show antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Colour of the fruits may vary between cultivars due to various concentrations of anthocyanins.

White mulberry

Morus alba

White mulberry (Morus alba)

White mulberry is small, fast-growing tree which grows to 10 – 20 m tall and It originated from china. It’s widely cultivated as food for silkworm. Fruits of while mulberry differs in taste from other mulberries. Taste is sometimes characterized as refreshing and little tart with a hint of vanilla. Ripe fruit is widely used in pies, wines, cordials and hebral teas. Unripe fruits and green parts of the plant contain white sap which can be toxic, stimulating or hallucinogenic. Fruits are good source of vitamin C, iron, etc.

Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus terrestris L.

Tribulus terrestris (Tribulus terrestris L.)

Whole plant is used thanks to it’s content of sapogenins, alkaloids like harman and harmin, bioflavonoids, tannins, flavonoids, etc. Tribulus cultivated in Bulgaria contains also frutosanol saponins which are believed to stimulate testosterone production by surpressing natural hormone receptors. Ayurvedian folk medicine shows tribulus as a herb beneficial for the whole body. Tribulus stimulates libido, helps stabilize hormonal levels, helps increase testosterone production, has diuretic effects and helps with lowering of cholesterol levels.

Prunes

 

Prunes

Prunes contain broad variety of valuable substances with beneficial effects on our health. Plums and prunes contain high amount of phytonutrients, which are substances from phenol group with antioxidant activity. Prunes also contain significant amounts of beta – carotene, potassium, fiber, including soluble fiber, which helps with normalization of blood sugar and satiety. Prunes are often neglected delicacy which shouldn’t be absent in diet of any consumer interested in healthy lifestyle.

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