Prune

Prune

Nutritional qualities and health benefits

  • Food rich in vitamin E, especially prunes, an antioxidant that prevents cell aging by neutralizing the action of free radicals. Prevents the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Great content in vitamin A, another powerful antioxidant found in the skin pigments and fruit protects against deterioration of the body, anti-cancer, protect eye health and strengthens the immune system.
  • Important contribution of B vitamins that enhance mental alertness, strengthen nerve connections and regularize heart rhythm. Keeps quiet body helping to eliminate stress and ease tension.
  • Abundant content of potassium and absence of sodium contributes to the removal of fluids generated with age, stylizing the figure.
  • It also has vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
  • Stimulate intestinal transit due to its high fiber content and sorbitol content.
  • Carbohydrates that have these fruits are a source of healthy and sustainable energy. A good choice as a snack between meals.

 

Origin and cultivation

They are native to China, the Middle East, Europe and North America. It is mainly produced in China, although they are almost everywhere in the world due to its easy adaptation. The largest producer of dried plums is U.S.

 

Common names

The scientific name of the plant is domestic Prunus. In spanish is called ciruela.

 

Curiosities

  • The Romans were the first to bring this fruit to northern Europe
  • Plum is one of fruit that have more varieties, by the color, size, shape, taste and ripening station.
  • An example of this hybridization is a new fruit called pluot, half plum, half apricot.
  • Damask plum purple dyes to dye your skin is obtained.
  • The plum jam infusion is used as a remedy to soothe the throat and prevent cough.

 

 

Sources consulted

Lyle, Susanna. Enciclopedia de las frutas del mundo. David Baterman Ltd. (ed. Lit.); Parangona Realitzacio Editorial SL (trad.). Barcelona: De Vecchi, 2007. 480 p. ISBN: 978-84-315-5164-3

Flowerdew, Bob. El gran libro de las frutas. Kyle Cathie Limited (ed. Lit.); Anna Turró/Montse Pratsobrerroca (trad.). Barcelona: RBA Libros, S.A., 2006. 256 p. ISBN: 978-84-787-1595-4

http://www.botanical-online.com/ciruelas.htm

Foto: Autor: Hans Braxmeier. Fuente: Pixabay.com

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