Dried fruit has a long tradition of use dating back to the fourth millennium BC. Because of its sweet taste and nutritive value, its consumption is wide spread.Some of the traditional dried fruits are raisins, dates, dried plums, figs, apricots, peaches, apples, cherries and pears. A large portion of water is removed from fruits either naturally or or through dehydrators.
To attain good health we must have foods which are natural foods. We must have naturally available food just as vegetables, cereals and dry fruit.It keeps warm in winter. It contains essential nutrients and is excellent source of minerals, vitamins and enzymes.Though dry fruits are very small in size but amount of energy they provide is very big.
Some of main dry fruits are:
It contains iron, copper, phosphorus and vitamin B1. Almonds increase energy due to chemical interaction and create new blood cells. It help in proper function of brain, heart, nerve, bones and liver.They help in strengthening the muscles and bones. Almonds help prevent osteoporosis and they regulate blood pressure.The blend of almond is helpful in bronchial diseases, hoarseness and cough. Regular intake of dry fruits results in both mental and physical development of human body.
Dried grapes are called raisins.They are sweet in taste and have nourishing qualities. Raisins enrich blood as it is rich source of iron.They prove helpful in treatment of anemia and help in weight. Other health benefits of raisins are relief from anemia, fever, constipation and also help in eye care, dental care, and bone health.
Date palm is the oldest cultivation in the world. Date trees are fruitful. It is sweetest of all fruits. A half cup of dates contains 650mg potassium, 2g Fiber, 6%iron and B6. It has natural sugar in form of glucose and fructose. Dried dates after removing seeds help in building up and strengthening the heart. Dates are helpful in intestinal disturbances. Dates contain iron, vitamin B, magnesium, and potassium. They are fat and cholesterol free.
It is a pear shaped fruit also known as cashew apple. It has strong and sweet smell,botanically it is a seed.They are mostly found in northern Brazil. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fat that prove helpful to prevent the heart problems. Cashew nuts contains magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, selenium, copper and vitamin B. Magnesium content in cashew nuts is beneficial for bone growth.
Apricot is closely related to the plum,cherry,and almond family.It was first cultivated in china, thousands of years ago. Dried apricot is rich in carotene that the body uses to make vitamin A. It also lower the risk of cancer of larynx, esophagus, and lungs. Apricot provide potassium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorus, and vitamin C. For making a dried apricot, fresh apricot is stripped of their water content without tampering with their nutrient qualities. It is convenient source of nutrients. Apricot is good for anemia, fever, indigestion and skin diseases. It is low in fat and calories.