Useful properties of black chokeberry
In Aronia berries, which ripen in September and October, contains vitamins: P, E, C, carotene and b vitamins, and trace elements: iodine, iron, fluorine, copper, molybdenum, manganese, boron. They also have sorbitol, a glucoside amygdalin, a lot of pectin and tannins.
Due to its medicinal properties, Aronia products help to reduce the pressure in the initial stage of hypertension, have a preventive effect and prevent atherosclerosis, lower cholesterol in the blood, strengthen the walls of blood vessels.
The Aronia berry fresh and dry, as well as beverages, including fruit drinks, strengthen the nervous system, have calming and relaxing effect, their use increases blood clotting, promote the flow of bile and enhance the effect of gastric enzymes.
In addition, these fruits help in disease and dysfunction of the thyroid gland, through they contain iodine, they also strengthen the immune system and excrete radioactive substances. Learning about the many useful properties of these miracle berries, you'll probably want to make a delicious compote.
In compotes and fruit drinks of chokeberry can add a little fresh mint to boost their refreshing properties.
Compote of black chokeberry
If you want to cook a compote of black chokeberry to drink it within a few days, cook it with the apples, because the berries have a tart taste and the addition of apples will help soften it. 1 kg of berries you will need:
- 4 liters of water;
- 2 large apples;
- ½ Lemon;
- 700 g of sugar.
Aronia berries have antiseptic properties and can be stored in winter fresh at zero temperature.
The collected berries, rinse under running water, wash the apples, cut into slices, cut out the core. Boil water in a large saucepan, pour berries, put the apples and cut into small pieces, unpeeled lemon, add sugar. When the water boils, reduce heat and cook for another 10 minutes on slow fire and then remove the pan from the heat. Allow the compote to cool and infuse, then you can drink.
In that case, when you want to preserve compote for the winter, washed berries and sliced apples in the same amount of fold in the washed and sterilized three-liter jar. Pour in a jar of boiling water, let stand 10 minutes then drain the water and again boil it, add the Cup of sugar and citric acid on the tip of a knife. Pour boiling water into the jar and immediately roll it with a lid for canning. Gently turn the jar, put on the cap to make sure it is closed tightly. Leave to cool and then store it away safely in a cool dark place.
Advice 2: How to cook a delicious compote
To make the compote, you can take a little wrinkled, but not overripe fruits and berries. In some cases, overripe fruit increases the percentage of starch (e.g., apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums). This substance is not the best way affects the quality of the finished beverage. If we are talking about the berries, then they can have traces of primary fermentation.
You will need
- fruits or berries;
- sugar or honey;
- measuring spoon;
Decide which fruits you want to cook the compote. If the drink is intended for a child, it is best to choose sweet fruits instead of sugar to add a small amount of honey. If the compote will drink adults – nice to put on a few grams of spices. Peaches and apricots are perfectly combined with green cardamom, Apple compote , it is recommended to put a couple of clove buds and a few peas allspice, compote of cherries even more "open" flavor when you add a couple of Bay leaves.
Purchase all the necessary ingredients. When choosing fruits, choose fruits with uniform color and size, typical for the species. Neither too large nor too small fruit for the compoteand not worth taking. The same applies to unripe or overripe fruits. Remember that (with rare exceptions) a good drink can be prepared only from high quality components. Another tip: try not to buy fruit of dubious origin. For example, in apples collected near busy highways or industrial zones, nothing useful will not.
Inspect the house fruits and berries, and remove any rotten spots. Rinse the fruits under running cold water, dry on paper or cloth towel as an option – spread on a clean cloth towel for natural dry. Remove seeds, seed, nests, etc. can only be once on the surface of the fruit left moisture. Large fruit certainly cut, small can be left whole.
Put fruit in an enamel saucepan, cover with cold water, and add sugar and spices to taste. Typically every kilogram of stone fruit (cherries, plums) recommended 2-3 tbsp sugar, for pome fruits (apples, pears, quince) bookmark sugar can be increased by 50 percent. If you have decided to make a compote with honey, sugar to put need not, and honey - put for 3-5 min. before the end of cooking. Simmer the compote for at least 10 minutes after the start of boiling. Then remove from heat and let it infuse in a tightly sealed container until cool.