A Healthy Dose Of The Ordinary Fruits

June 1, 2018 | Recipes

Living in Malaysia, we’re lucky to be able to enjoy a wide variety of fruits all year round. These include tropical fruits from our own backyard as well as imported fruits from abroad. Try something new this month and add some refreshingly delicious sugar apricots from Turkey and peach donuts from Spain to your grocery list!

Sugar Apricots
Sugar apricots are grown in a region in Turkey called Malatya where there are more than 10 million apricot trees! Compared to the usual apricot, sugar apricots are crunchier and as the name implies, much sweeter. Sugar apricots are also smaller in size and look a bit more yellow.

Similar to apricots, sugar apricots are amazingly nutritious and are packed with lots of vitamins and minerals our body needs. These fruits have a significant amount of vitamin A which are great for your eyesight, skin, and even teeth! You’ll also find lots of potassium and fiber in sugar apricots for healthy digestion and cholesterol levels.

With all this goodness, why not have it every morning for a quick breakfast as a yummy spread? It’s super easy to make too.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 8 cups of sugar apricots
– Half a cup of lemon juice
– 6 cups of white sugar

Start by removing the pits and stems and then proceed to chop them up. Once this is done, put all of your ingredients into a large bowl and stir. The next step requires a bit of attention as you’ll be cooking the stirred ingredients over a stove. Use medium-low heat and keep stirring to keep the sugar and fruit from burning. Do this for about 20-30 minutes until you reach a slow boil.

Now you just need to let it cool before enjoying it with the family!

Peach Donuts
Peach donuts fortunately (or unfortunately) don’t actually taste anything like donuts. They’re named as such simply because of the way they look which is flatter and smaller than a regular peach. Think of it as a healthy donut made by Mother Nature herself.

Adding these sweet little treats to your diet will do a lot to boost your overall health. Each bite is full of vitamin C which can reduce your risk of cancer. Weight watchers and diabetics can also enjoy peach donuts in moderation because of the high fiber content. Fiber curbs your cravings by keeping you full and lowers blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetics and improves insulin and blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics.

One of the most refreshing ways to enjoy peach donuts is by turning it into a cold beverage.

You’ll need:
– 3 cups of diced peaches
– 1 cup of sugar (optional or to taste)
– Zest of 2 lemons
– 1 cup of lemon juice
– 6 cups of sparkling water

First, cook the diced peaches, lemon zest, sugar, and 2 cups of water over a stove. Don’t let it come to a boil, adjust the heat so that it only reaches a simmer. While it simmers, mash the peaches and leave it until it slightly thickens.

Once that’s done, let it cool before straining the mixture into a bowl and removing the solids. Finally, add your lemon juice and 4 cups of sparkling water to the mixture. It’s best served chilled so leave it in the fridge overnight or add some ice to start enjoying it!

Give these refreshing recipes a go with the all freshest ingredients available at your nearest Village Grocer. The sugar apricots and peach donuts especially will be freshly packed and waiting to be picked up!

Keep it fresh,
Your friendly neighbourhood grocer.

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