November is an amazing month in Cyprus, when the weather is good (real Indian summer), autumn fruits are not over yet, and winter fruits have already begun. Paradise for those who love natural sweets!
Instead of a slice of chocolate – a pair of bananas
Cyprus bananas are not very attractive in appearance, but inside … sweet, soft, amazingly tasty! At the markets do not pass by small, with brown marks bananas – this is the most relish. What can an omnipotent Cypriot banana:
- to satisfy hunger and replace a sandwich – thanks to the high calorie content;
- help get down with sugar and chocolate addiction;
- protect from problems with the heart and blood vessels.
The price of local bananas is low, and during the season in some families they become a primary product – along with bread and milk.
How to use banana in my family:
- Banana cakes are not too sweet, but incredibly tasty!
- A banana is kneaded with a fork and mixed with natural yogurt – this is the perfect breakfast, cooler than oatmeal, granola and egg dishes.
- The most delicious milkshake is with a banana, tenderness is not lost, but natural sweetness appears.
- Super-sandwich: unsalted bread, whipped cream and a banana on top. Such an express cake for a figure is not very useful, but in all other aspects it is better not to come up with.
- Not a single smoothie can do without a banana. Even spinach-avocado.
By the way, a great “companion” of the banana is kiwi, which also keeps up in November.
Kiwi – Overseas “Strawberry”
Many compare the taste of kiwi with the taste of strawberries. And they say that strawberries are better – and all because they have never tasted real kiwi, just picked from a tree. Indeed, in Russia, kiwi are not sold very tasty – sour, with an oak peel, in a word, unripe.
But in fact, kiwi is sweet, fragrant, soft and very very tasty! And it’s time to try it in November. Kiwi adds a touch of sourness to any dish and goes well with banana or feijoa (more on that below).
Another plus of kiwi is that even with heat treatment it does not lose its beneficial properties. So kiwi jam and jams are a great way to preserve vitamins for the winter. Well, gourmets can make dried or dried slices of this fruit.
Figs – down with fat!
And really, for weight loss this fruit is good. But it’s even better to eat it for everyone – both slender women and chubby women, because it’s a super-anti-toxin! Even in case of poisoning, doctors recommend eating a couple of figs a day on the second or third day, to say nothing of everyday life.
The trick of figs is its freshness , jam or dried fruits are too sweet, not everyone likes this sugary taste. If you still want to cook or dry the figs – never cut it into pieces, but leave it whole – this will preserve all the useful properties.
What can be made from fresh figs , except how easy it is to eat? It goes well for baking – our family this year first tried charlotte with figs. It turned out even better than with apples – charlotte came out very, very tender and surprisingly tasty!
In Cyprus, figs “hold on” until November, so you can still have time to enjoy this amazing fruit.
Persimmon – the personification of autumn
Persimmons are associated among Russians with frost, but in Cyprus everything is different. It is enough to see how persimmon ripen to understand that it is a very autumnal fruit! The leaves on the persimmon tree turn a little red, and the fruits themselves are so bright, bright … a real treat for the eyes!
If persimmon grows on your site, then you are aware that it is harvested a little unripe, and then it “ripens” to a mild state. But if you buy this fruit, then there are problems with transportation – soft persimmons often reach the house in the form of porridge … So it is best to buy persimmons firmer and wait a day or two.
But it is not recommended to freeze local persimmons – firstly, in Cyprus there are almost no astringent varieties, and secondly, the fruits lose much in taste. So eat persimmons without leaving the cash register!
Feijoa is generally an underestimated fruit: in the north they do not know about it, in the south it is ignored. But in vain! This is a very unusual fruit, which is ideal for jam – honestly, in feijuyuyu … that is, feijuyuyu … that is, feijuastoye (it still sounds indecent!) I fell in love with jam. This is a wonderful combination of sourness, bitterness and a special aroma that is stored in a jar.
But back to the fruit itself: there are round and bright fruits – they are sweeter and better suited for fresh consumption, and there are elongated and darker ones – they are sour and suitable for jam.
Although “jam” is not quite the right word. Feijoa made to grind mashed potatoes with a blender and sugar. Then it retains aroma and vitamins. There is an option to cook the candied mass before putting it into the jars for literally five minutes – then the treat will gain some astringency, someone likes it, but someone doesn’t. It’s a matter of taste.
Feijoa goes well both in the form of jam, and fresh with kiwi or tangerine – this is a win-win duo.
Feijoa in Cyprus is not too advertised, but if you see it on the shelves – be sure to try it!
Pomegranate is glad to the sun
In November, the pale pomegranate season is drawing to close and red pomegranates are taking the lead. What is the difference? The white fruits are sweeter, they have a softer seed and they are slightly more watery. The red fruit is the owner of a more saturated and sour taste, but it also brings more benefits. Red pomegranate will help people with anaemia a lot – it increases haemoglobin and “balances” the blood composition.
If you have a juicer, do not be lazy to make pomegranate juice – this is a storehouse of vitamins and antioxidants. Pomegranate can also be added to jams, salads and main dishes – sourness goes well with red meat.
Citruses – sponsors of winter without vitamin deficiency
Oranges, tangerines and other orange beauty come to Cyprus in November (and even in October). Here you need to be careful and picky – until winter comes, there is a risk of ignorance to buy unripe varieties. So, what is of early ripe citruses:
- Pomelo is a large fruit already familiar to Russians, which is distinguished by its sweetness and rather delicate taste.
- Grapefruit is no less famous. For weight loss and for health, this fruit is ideal. It is perfect for a snack before bedtime or during a picnic.
- Oranges varieties “Valencia” and “Merlin”. Both types are sweet and juicy, but it is still recommended to squeeze the juice out of “Valencia”, it turns out without bitterness.
- Tangerines and clementines. These “relatives” are often confused since they are really similar. The difference is small: clementines are sweeter and denser, their peel is more orange, and the fruit itself is closer in shape to the ball. Tangerines are more fragrant, with a noticeable proportion of acidity, their lighter skin, and the shape is slightly flattened in the middle.
Eat fruit, enjoy the sun and do not get sick!