Lychee fruit offers many gourmet desserts in the form of parfaits and mousses. Lychees are a great tasty fruit for desserts. During the summer months, lychees are found in abundance in the Asian markets. A great thirst quencher that seems to be very popular is the frosty lychee tapioca drink. Canned lychees are also available year round. They are packed in sweet syrup in the same way that canned peaches are. The syrup that they come packed in make them seem even sweeter than they are. The syrup can be used to boost the flavor of the lychee. Since lychees are antioxidant fruits, they are healthy for you no matter how they are served. Lychees can be served as a pie topping whether they have been peeled or not (they will have to be peeled in order to be eaten, of course).
There are some lychee desserts that take about 5 minutes to make. They are low in fat which is another healthy benefit. A good dessert in Asia is the dessert soup that is made with leftover bananas and lychees. Depending on the weather and the type of mood you are in, this simple banana lychee dessert can be served warm or cold. Lychees can be used to make ice cream whether they are canned or not. This tasty treat is a kid’s pure delight! For the best results, make sure they are well ripened. More lychee dessert recipes can be found on the internet or in cook books.
Frozen puff pastry comes to the rescue for a quickly assembled dessert that can be adapted as various seasonal fruits arrive at the market.
Makes 12 servings
Refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
1 quart fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup sugar substitute
Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of a 17.3 oz. package), thawed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Frozen light whipped topping, thawed (optional)
1. Preheat the over to 400°F. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Place the berries in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch, lemon zest and sugar substitute, making sure that all berries are well coated.
3. On a lightly floured board, roll the puff pastry to a 12 x 14-inch rectangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Mound the berries on the pastry, leaving a 1-1/2 inch border. Fold in the four corners. Using wet fingers bring up the border of the dough over the edge of the berries, pleating as you go to form a rustic free-form oval or rectangle. Sprinkle the berries with lemon juice.
5. Generously coat the top of the tart with cooking spray and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the berries are cooked and the pastry is golden.
6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of light whipped topping, if desired.
Substitute 3 large peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples for the berries. Add ¼ cup dried currants that have been softened in 2 tablespoons dry sherry. Reduce the sugar substitute to 2 tablespoons. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake according to master recipe.
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Elderberry Recipes can be a wonderful and healthy addition to many of your favorite recipes. You will be surprised at how many great elderberry recipes are available. Work your way through them and you will not be surprised at how much you enjoy them. Take this recipe for elderberry jelly for example. Not only is it delicious but with the antioxidant properties you don’t have to feel guilty eating it.
Have You Picked Peaches? Check Out These Fresh Peach Recipes
The best fresh peach recipes, including peach crisp recipes, peach schnapps recipe, recipe for peach pie, fresh peach cobbler and peach tart recipe.
There is nothing better then using fresh peaches in your favorite recipe. Here are some great fresh peach recipes to keep you cooking well into fall.
Craving some new peach crisp recipes? Try this one on for size:
Peach Crisp Recipe
2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup soft butter
Preheat oven to 375F. Use a buttered or non-stick coated 8 inch pie dish.
Slice peeled, pitted peaches into the prepared baking dish. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over peaches in baking dish. Bake at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and peaches are tender. Make sure to serve warm and add a bit of whipped cream for an extra sweet treat.
Is a peach schnapps recipe more what you are looking for? Take a look at this one good with any variety of fresh, ripe peaches:
Peach Schnapps Recipe
Peel 12 medium size peaches (much easier to do if you dip in boiling water for about 30 seconds and then immediately stick in cool water.
Remove pits and cut in fourths
Put both the peaches and pits in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
Cover with clear, unflavored, 80 proof vodka
Let sit at room temperature in a dark area for 1-2 months shaking lightly and tasting every couple of weeks.
Strain the mixture into a glass with tight-fitting lid.
Store in a dark, room temperature place for at least 1 month before serving.
Serve at room temperature, closing the bottle tightly between servings.
Peach Tart Recipe more your speed? Try this one for your next family get together and I am sure you will have many compliments:
Peach Tart Recipe
5 c. ripe, sliced fresh peaches
1 tbsp. lemon juice
6 baked 5” tart shells
8 fresh peach slices
1 c. sugar
4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
Combine and let stand for 20 minutes peaches, sugar, and lemon juice. Drain 1 cup juice into a measuring cup (if juice does not equal 1 cup, fill the rest of the cup with water). Blend cornstarch into juice. Cook mixture until transparent and cool. Divide the fruit between the tart shells. Spoon the cold sauce over each tart to form a glaze and chill until set. Use the whipped cream and slices for a garnish. This makes 6 servings so adjust ingredients accordingly.If you are still looking for some great peach recipes like a recipe for peach pie or a fresh peach cobbler recipe try these sites:
Nearly 1 in 3 American Adults have high blood pressure (hbp). This pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of the arteries. A person’s pressure rises and falls throughout the day, but when it stays elevated over time, it is hypertension. It is a cause for concern because it increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses.
Symptoms of Hypertension (HBP)
High blood pressure has no obvious signs or symptoms. It is often called “the silent killer,” and a blood pressure measurement is the only way to detect it. A blood pressure monitor is all a doctor or nurse needs to check your pressure.
Blood Pressure Guidelines
Good = 120/80 mmHg or lower
Borderline High Risk = 120/80-139/89 mmHg
High Risk = 140/90 mmHg or higher
Treating High Blood Pressure with Medications
Many of the drugs used to control hypertension are called antihypertensives. Common antihypertensives are:
Diuretics, which rid the body of excess fluid and salt
Beta blockers, which decrease the heart’s need for blood and oxygen, easing its workload
Drugs that reduce blood pressure by preventing your blood vessels from constricting
Medications that relax the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, widening them
Drugs that both reduce heart rate and widen the blood vessels
The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a nonmedical way to fight high blood pressure. A clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on the bood pressure found that elevated blood pressure was reduced in people who followed an eating plan that emphasized fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy foods. A second clinical study, called DASH-Sodium, found that reducing dietary sodium lowered blood pressure in both people who followed the DASH eating plan and those who ate a typical American diet.
The biggest mistake people make at the onset of a heart attack or stroke is to delay getting help because they are unsure of their symptoms. Err on the side of caution. If you or someone around you exhibits any of these signs, call 9-1-1. The sooner emergency treatment is received, the better the chances of surviving a heart attack or stroke.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Chest discomfort, for example, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and then comes back.
Upper body discomfort, such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath, which may be associated with or occur before chest discomfort.
Other telltale signs, such as suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat or a feeling of nausea or light-headedness.
A Warning to Women
Your heart attack symptoms may be different from those experienced by men. Watch for these additional signs:
Abdominal discomfort or indigestion, which might include a burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen.
Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting
Unexplained fatigue or weakness
Stroke Warning Signs
Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, usually on only one side of the body.
Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking
Dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden severe headache for which there is no known cause.
If you don’t have heart disease, consider yourself lucky. But don’t think you’re risk-free. The numbers show just how prevalent heart-related illinesses are. Instead of becoming a statistic, try making a few small changes in lifestyle that could make a big difference in your heart and reduce heart disease warning signs.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.
Of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year, more than 36% die from heart-related illnesses compared to 23% from cancer.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing about 150,000 people a year.
79.4 million people in the U.S. have some form of heart disease.
In 2007, the total cost for heart related medical care and disability in the U.S. was estimated to be $431.8 billion.
Source: American Heart Association, Heart Facts 2007
Regular Aspirin Use
Did you know that aspirin can reduce your risk of a heart attack by as much as 32%? And reduce the risk of a second attack by 20%? And therefore reduce your heart disease warning signs? Talk to your doctor to see if an aspirin regimen is right for you.
Being able to pick pears fresh is a luxury to say the least. Pears are usually ready last summer or early fall for picking. Of course, always be sure to check with your local fruit orchard to make sure. If you let pear ripen on the vine, then they will break down at the core and become soft and mushy on the inside. To determine the readiness of the fruit, be aware of the ease of removal. If there are already pears on the ground that have fallen from the tree, more than likely, you may be too late. However, you should surely pick all of them.
To measure if the fruit it ready to be harvested, you can gently pull on the stem of the fruit. If the fruit snaps off cleany from the twig, then the pears are ready to be picked. Logically, on larger trees the fruit on the top ripens more quickly than the fruit near the bottom of the tree. Once the fruit is picked, then you can allow it to ripen naturally. However, there are other varieties of pears that don’t allow for natural ripening once removed from the twig. Late ripening varities such as Anjou, Bosc and Comice. These particular varieties are a little more high maintanence. The need about 3-4 weeks of storage in 32-45 degrees temperature–you can store them in a refrigerator or a cellar if it is cool enough. Furthermore, wrapping these varieties while they are ripening is a good idea, to prevent shriveling. Below is a listing of places where you can pick your own pears.
In the last couple of years, the pomegranate has been all the rage…with this new juice appearing on the shelves. This seasonly available fruit is renowned for its nutritional properties. Studies show that the juice from this fruit is one of the most powerful antioxidants, which contains a very high level of polyphenols and other free radical-fighting agents.
In 2006 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study which showed that “the polyphenolics in the fruit can play an important role in the modulation of inflammatory cell signaling in colon cancer cells.”
Have you ever wanted to know how to peel a pomengranate? I found this video on You Tube and tried it out myself. This a very good technique, although I still have difficulty with the pomengranate. I think it is a difficult fruit to easily enjoy, like the simple banana.
The “common” or European pear is packed full with a variety of nutrients, including dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C and several polyphenols. Research has concluded that fruit may be able to help normalize blood sugar levels, boost metabolism and provide a variety of other health benefits.
The nutritional benefits are:
The fruit can help with:
Thinking about cooking with them? You can always check out my Fruit Recipe Page to find unique recipes of specific fruits found on this site.
Prunes are the dried result of a plum. Surely, we all know the biggest benefit of them is regularity! Hallelujah for that! Plums have impressive antioxidant properties, but when converted into their dried counterpart their antioxidant powers can increase by as much as 600 percent! They have a wrinkly texture on the outside and a chewy texture on the inside.
A recent study done at Oklahoma State University found that the dried fruit can help reverse bone loss due to menopause. It suggested that dried plums can reverse a particular process of osteoporosis previously thought to be irreversible.
They are used in many cooking dishes and are also used in making juice. The constipation elixir. They are a rich dietary fiber as a result.