DELICIOUS HEALTH FOOD AN OXYMORON?
Plum Butter imported from the Czech Republic and Slovakia is not a sugar laden jam or marmalade typically used in the UK to sweeten all manner of otherwise bland foods. Plum butter is health food.
Fruit butters are made by simply slow cooking fruits like plums and apples down to a thick paste, the texture of dairy butter, then “putting the butter up” in sealed containers without additives or preservatives. Voilà, health food!
The traditional Slovakian recipe often uses the Damson plum, the queen of plums found in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The sugars in the Damson plum are sufficient to sweeten the butter without adding additional sugar to the mix. Damson butter is part of a long culinary tradition in Slovakia. Even the smallest grocer or supermarket in Slovakia carries Damson butter (povidla), but a standard Damson jammight be impossible to get there.
Plum butter has a concentrated fruit taste with a slightly tart note. It is perfect as a filling for tarts, cookies, biscuits, or as a layered cake spread. Thanks to its tanginess, it’s also excellent in savoury dishes like roast pork, chicken, turkey, smoked bacon, in sandwiches, on pancakes, crepes, with terrines, pates, and foie gras.
And plums are good for you! They are very high in vitamin C and riboflavin, as well as dietary fibre. But their real value comes in their minerals, including significant levels of potassium, phosphorous, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Furthermore, plums have certain antioxidant compounds that contribute other health benefits.
All natural plum butter can provide year round health benefits for:
Their dietary fibre is a key part of our digestive health.
Fibre reduces excess cholesterol by scraping “bad” cholesterol from the system.
The significant levels of copper and iron found in plums make them great fruits for improving your circulatory system and boosting your RBC count.
Research studies have shown that the phytonutrients present in the skin and in the natural colouring of plums can prevent, or even reverse, development of breast cancer cells.
They have a high concentration of magnesium and vitamin c which help to regulate sleep.
Plums are practically God’s medicine cabinet. And they are delicious. And you can add their delicious natural sweetness to many other foods when they are “put up” in the form of fruit butter.
Make the healthy choice when shopping for the jams and jellies your children love. Introduce them to delicious plum butter imported from Slovakia by Halusky (www.halusky.co.uk).