Prunus, prune and plums. The fruit with the intense colour and distinctive flavour and texture has been dried since antiquity. The plum tree, with slight variations, grows throughout Greece but mainly in Thessaly and Skopelos, Thrace and Macedonia. The newspaper "To Ethnos" reported that, according to legend, the god Eros dipped his arrows in plum juice to make them invincible. The only thing you need to do, is add plums to your diet.
Rich in natural fibres, antioxidants, vitamin C and E. Dietician Konstantinos Xenos says: "the main antioxidant source of dried plums are phenols, found in an average concentration of 1840 mg/kg. The phenolic compounds contained in plums have cardio-protective action as they prevent the oxidation of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. Furthermore, dried plums have significant quantities of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, which are essential for maintaining good health. They are important for eliminating free radicals and reducing oxidative stress". They accompany red and white meat, roasts or casseroles, can be enjoyed with yoghurt, while they are ideally complemented by chocolate.
Did you know that...
- According to nutritionists, four dried plums have the total nutritional value of two out of five portions of fruit and vegetables we should eat daily.
- Surveys have shown that menopausal women who consume a moderate quality of dried plums on a daily basis (about 12), demonstrate increased rates of bone formation, which is very significant for the good state of the skeleton and bone health. Professor Bahram Argimandi has said: "all fruits and vegetables contribute to good health, but as regards the health of bones, plums are really exquisite".