Dried fruits

Dried fruits Sicilian

Most of us, in our school days, were told to munch on a handful of soaked almonds to improve our memory or eat a few dates for breakfast.

Mothers and grandmothers would religiously soak, grind and blend a combination of dry fruits to be added to milk and fed to toddlers.

These would be based on recipes passed on to them thr...

Dried fruits Sicilian

Most of us, in our school days, were told to munch on a handful of soaked almonds to improve our memory or eat a few dates for breakfast.

Mothers and grandmothers would religiously soak, grind and blend a combination of dry fruits to be added to milk and fed to toddlers.

These would be based on recipes passed on to them through generations for achieving weight gain and immunity for young children.

Dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, dates, raisins etc. are traditionally known to be a powerhouse of nutrients.

However, they should not be confused with the candied fruits that are less fruit and more of a sugar bomb.

Here is a list commonly available and super-nutritious dry fruits that should be consumed every day for all the health benefits that they possess.

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  • Sicilian Almonds

    Sicilian almonds

    The almond tree grows to a height of about 10 metres (30 feet).

    After olive trees, almond trees are the most widely grown fruit tree in Sicily, where there are various, subtly-distinguished varieties.

    In Roman times, almonds were cultivated as far north as Normandy and southern England, but the trees rarely survive a hard freeze, and they produce less fruit in cooler regions (northern Europe was probably slightly warmer 2000 years ago).

    Sicilian almonds are harvested in July, if not earlier.

    Very few find their way into the export market.

    Most Sicilian almonds, like Sicilian pistachios, are used in confections, though some are used to make sweet liqueur and even almond-flavoured wines, thought to be an aphrodisiac.

  • Italian hazelnut

    Italian hazelnut natural

    Hazelnuts contain compounds that can battle heart disease and diabetes, boost brain function, and even help you lose weight.

    Hazelnuts are a particularly versatile nut because of all of the different ways they can be used. They can be enjoyed raw, roasted, in a paste or as an ingredient in countless healthy dishes. They’re commonly found in some of our guilty pleasures like Nutella (a hazelnut spread) and added to chocolate.

    Hazelnut flavoring is commonly used for coffee and pastries, as well as a topping and garnish for desserts and savory dishes.

    But if you’re looking to enjoy the roasted, earthy flavor of a hazelnut without the added sugars, there are many ways you can do that! Between hazelnut spreads, butters, oils, flour and more, there are a number of ways to get the delicious and nutritious elements of hazelnuts into your diet.

    And that’s a good thing, because hazelnuts really are beneficial treats.