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Currants (Saskatoon): properties and recipes

Another berry, which grows in the forests of the Leningrad region - currant, or otherwise Saskatoon. It grows in the form of a deciduous shrub or small tree (maximum height - 3 meters). Fruits are bluish-black or reddish-purple, soft, juicy, taste nice and sweet. Dried berries taste like raisins. Irgu harvest for the winter: make compote or dried, juice and jam.
Beneficial features
currants Berries contain a large amount of phenol compounds, tannins and pectin, vitamin B2, carotene and trace elements: lead, manganese, iodine, copper, cobalt. The fruits are used in the treatment of beriberi. Juices and vitamin infusions beneficial effect on the body, prevents the development of vascular thrombosis, varicose veins. Currant used to prevent myocardial infarction and various colds. It helps calm the nervous system, relieves insomnia and headaches, gives the tone of the body. What other foods have a tonic effect? To read.
Where and when to collect currants?
The fruits ripen in July currants. Photophilous plant growing near rivers and swamps. There are lonely bushes on the slopes, forest edges and scree. Can be found in makeshift bush. Saskatoon - low-maintenance and hardy plant, so it can be often found in gardens and orchards.
With good weather, dry berries in the sun or indoors, in a well-ventilated place. Spread fruits evenly, the distance between them should not be too small. Another option drying - in the oven. If you choose this method, remember that nutrients do not leave the currants, the temperature should not exceed 55 degrees, and the door must be ajar (to remove excess moisture). Readiness can be checked on appearance: berries must be wrinkled.
Recipes of currants
For cooking jam irgi take a kilo of berries, a kilo of sugar and 300 ml of water. Rinse with fresh berries. Make the syrup, the sugar is completely dissolved in boiling water. This mixture fill the berries and put on fire. Boil, boil for about 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. Allow the jam to cool and bring to a boil again. Repeat two more times.
The following recipe - delicious vitamin juice. Rinse the berries, then squeeze the juice using a juicer or press. Remove the cake, juice and put on the stove and boil. To give extra flavor drink add the lemon juice. Pour into pre-sterilized jars. Done!
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