The edible physalis occurs under various names. Because it originally comes from Peru, it is often called the Peruvian berry, but it is also known as Peruvian cherry or Brazilian raisin. Equally interesting, what names the bellows and its origin, are the properties of this plant. So let's check why it's worth eating.
Everybody of us has certainly seen and admired Miechunka more than once. It is easy to recognize it because it has characteristic yellow-orange fruits resembling the size and shape of cherry tomatoes. The fruit is hidden in a characteristic shell resembling a Chinese lantern.
The countries of South America are their homeland, and there the plant is treated with particular reverence, as a remnant of the Inca culture. The moderate climate of Central Europe, however, turned out to be exceptionally beneficial on this plant, hence its widespread presence and with us.
Because the fruit of the bellows look very decorative, you can often find it in our gardens, where it goes to dry bouquets or ikeban. While the aesthetic qualities of this plant leave no doubt, its health benefits are almost unknown. Many people have now now caught on to ignorance. Who could have guessed that the plant we admire in the gardens is edible! But the nice look of the fruit is not all that can be said about this plant. Due to its beneficial effects on our health and taste, it definitely deserves more attention.
How does a bellows taste and how to eat it?
Small, round fruit bellows have an original, sweet taste, with a delicate sour note, something between orange and tomato. Some also resemble the light taste of pineapple, gooseberry or kiwi.
Physalis can be eaten raw or dried. Before eating the fruit, it must be removed from the casing. The raw bite is served whole or cut in half. There are numerous small stones in the pulp.
It is also worth reaching for manually sorted and sun-dried fruit bellies (http://drpelc.pl/suszone-owoce/170-bio-miechunka-physalis-zlote-jagody-ekologiczna-250g-ekogram-zielonki.html), which are much easier to access and fully retain the properties of fresh fruit.
Why is it worth eating a smile?
Miechunka is very healthy. It contains a lot of iron and vitamin C in ideal proportions that ensure very good absorption of both ingredients. Vitamin C has a positive effect on the condition of blood vessels, seals them, prevents micro-infections, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.
You can also find beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus and plenty of potassium. Its fruits are also a rich source of pectins, which have a soothing effect on gastrointestinal diseases. Their positive effect was also observed in alleviating urinary problems.
The skin of the bellows contains a lot of vitamin A, which protects against the adverse effects of UV rays, is responsible for the proper vision and condition of the skin. In turn, the high content of simple sugars means that a handful of fruit bellies will effectively satisfy your hunger and provide you with a feeling of fullness for a long time.
Miechunka should be eaten especially in autumn and winter, during frequent colds and colds. Thanks to this, it is not only easier to deal with the infections typical for this year, but also easier to face spring tiredness.
In the kitchen
Fruit bellows are very delicate and sensitive to touch, therefore they are sold only in the package. When buying, it is necessary to check if mold has appeared on them.
It is best to store the physalis in the fridge. It should be able to withstand about two weeks in it. However, it is given at room temperature, so before eating it should be pulled out early so that it can warm up.
Shapely small fragments of bums, their vivid, eye-catching color are eagerly chosen for the decoration of desserts, cakes and drinks. The possibilities of using it depend only on your own culinary preferences, because the smile combines well with each type of dish.
It is also worth trying to prepare marmalade from them. Its preparation does not require a lot of effort, because the high content of pectin in raw fruits means that marmalade quickly binds and maintains its consistency. In addition, it has a very original slightly tart flavor and an amazing color.
Dried fruit is always worth having at hand. You can eat them as an appetizer, like other delicacies, eg raisins, or add to bars, muesli, ice cream, cookies or desserts. They taste great, satisfy hunger well, so they are a great alternative to unhealthy, salty crisps.
It is also worth enriching them with the taste of sauces. Such an addition perfectly harmonizes with sweet dishes. It can also be served to meats.
Sometimes you can also find a chocolate bellows in the workshops dealing with the manual production of chocolates. This is a real, rare thing that you must definitely try. Healthy fruits, full of vitamins, completely compensate for additional chocolate calories. It's not worth refusing to give yourself any shape, because eating it is a real pleasure for health!
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