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What are crystallized fruits?

25 mayo, 2021

Crystallized fruits are a healthy snack in any season, thanks to the many benefits they provide, read on to find out about them all.

Many people often confuse crystallized fruits with dehydrated fruits, the main difference is in the manufacturing process. Crystallized fruits are prepared when subjected to a bath of quicklime and water, then placed in sugar or brown sugar and left to dry to achieve a hard consistency.

Another characteristic that distinguishes crystallized fruits is their delicious flavor and dry texture, which has made them one of the most popular sweets in Mexico. Although in theory you can crystallize all types of fruit, the most common are sweet potato, pumpkin, fig, pineapple, kiwi and apple, the most important thing is to choose pieces that are not battered so that the flavor is better and most of their properties.

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Benefits of crystallized fruit

  • They can be kept for a longer period of time, even years
  • They retain the original flavor and juiciness
  • They provide a large amount of fiber that improves digestive function
  • They contain vitamins, which vary depending on the type of fruit it is
  • They provide carbohydrates, which quickly charge the body with energy and are also ideal to encourage the absorption of sugar, thus optimizing the effect of insulin.
  • They provide minerals such as calcium and potassium. These improve the health of your bones.
  • They contain vitamin E, a good antioxidant that improves skin health.

Basic preparation of crystallized fruits

  1. Cut the fruit into chunks or slices
  2. Soak the fruits for a whole day in a solution of lime water
  3. Dip them in a sugar syrup or brown sugar
  4. Let cool until they have a hardened consistency

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