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Felt cherry, despite the fact that is a species of cherry, belongs to the genus of plums. This is a shrub of medium size, the trunks of which have a height of from half to two meters and less to three meters. Flowers in white Bush may have a mixture of pink and white or be entirely pink. The fruit of a shrub — drupe oval, red when ripe. In comparison with the ordinary fruits of the cherries they are smaller in size.
The birthplace of this plant are considered to be Asian countries, where it is considered wild. But even in the XX century it began to be grown in gardens in North America and Europe.
Often in the garden, felt cherry is grown as an ornamental plant, because it is very beautiful in the flowering period. However, its fruit can be eaten and they taste not much different from other fruits of the cherries. At the same time, from one Bush can collect up to 12 kg of berries.
The plant is considered to be more cold-resistant than other types of cherries, but in the period of flowering is still cold her to shift hard. Felt cherry is considered to be more resistant to kokkomikoza.
The taste of the berries is normally sweet, but with a degree of acidity.
Berries contain pectins, vitamins b, C, P, PP, organic sugar, citric and malic acid, tannins, flavonoids and large amounts of iron. All these properties help strengthen capillaries. It is recommended to improve bowel function, digestion of proteins and fats, and also improve appetite.
In the nuclei of the seed is fatty oil which contains linoleic acid. This acid prevents the disease atherosclerosis.
Felt cherry would be very useful for anemia, high blood pressure. It prevents the growth of atherosclerotic plaques, myocardial infarction and stroke.
It is believed that the berries felt cherry is a dietary staple and can be eaten even in the presence of stones in the liver and kidneys as well as ulcers of the stomach and intestines, gastritis. They can replace a variety of sweets in order to lose weight.
The most delicious berries, of course, fresh, but in cooking they are not practically used, instead they are processed, dried or make various sweets like jam, syrup, juice, compote, jam, juice.
These preserved berries as well as cherries common. In mild stages of diabetes it is possible for conservation to add no sugar, and fructose, which will allow you to taste the product even with this disease.
In Korea at the time, was invented a recipe for a marmalade exclusively felted cherries, which later became popular all over the world.
As different berries, of felted cherries you can cook plant, on the same principle. The caveat here is that when cooking you need to put a lot less sugar because the sourness in the berries of this variety is very rare, and mostly it is not pronounced.
Often Housewives are harvesting sweet felted cherries, which provide your body with vitamins and minerals in the winter time.
The fruit is a felt cherry does not have contraindications to use, but do not self-medicate with the help of the seed of the fruit. The fact that they contain a chemical called glycoside amygdalin, which when ingested in the intestine begins to split. The result of this process is the formation of toxic hydrocyanic acid, are extremely harmful to the human body. Therefore, initially it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor who will tell you how to use kernels without harm to health.