In the days before refrigeration, people of all civilisations developed ingenious techniques to store surplus seasonal foods for future use. These techniques included salting, candying, making jams and drying, and are in use today.
Fruits in particular were dried in the sun and stored for use later. We all know they’re tasty. Here is why dry fruits are healthy.
Apricots and prunes
Both contain antioxidants. They are also rich in carotenes, which are good for the skin and hair. Apricots and prunes contain non-heme iron (iron found in plants) which, if taken with vitamin C (citrus fruits), increases the oxygen carrying capacity of blood.
Tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. Dried, they taste great in salads. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, good for skin elasticity.
Apples contain minerals and antioxidants.
Black currants and raisins
Both are rich in potassium, manganese, non-heme iron and vitamin C. These qualities make them good for people with blood pressure problems and asthma.