The Paraguayan, a very refreshing and fleshy sweet fruit with beneficial nutritional properties for health that will surprise you.
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What is Paraguayan?
The Paraguayan or Paraguayan (Prunus persica var. Platycarpa) is a fruit of the species of the genus Prunus such as the peach. They are also known as donuts peach or saturn peach in English-speaking countries.
Likewise, it has a very similar shape to the peach, but with a more flattened shape, although its flavor is somewhat sweeter and less acidic. In the same way, it has a delicious, refreshing and juicy flavor.
Its velvety peach skin has reddish and greenish tones. Also, it is somewhat finer. Inside it has a small bone.
Origin of Paraguayan
The Paraguayan (Prunus persica var. Platycarpa) is a fruit from China where it is known as ping-tzu-tao , which means plate peach . In the 19th century its cultivation was introduced in the United States.
Peach trees also come from China where it was one of the favorite fruits of the emperors, as we have already discussed in another article. Its cultivation spread throughout Europe, but its cultivation was not very resistant to frost.
The cultivation of Paraguayan is much more resistant to cold, so it has spread with some ease in many countries in Europe.
From what can be seen, these fruits do not originate from Paraguay, although the opposite may be thought.
The Paraguayans (Prunus persica var. Platycarpa) are cultivated in regions with a temperate climate with characteristics similar to the cultivation of nectarines or peaches .
In Spain we can see crops of this fruit in regions of Lleida, Aragon and Murcia. In fact, they are regions with soils with a lot of salt, free of limestone and a lot of water, essential for its cultivation.
In Spain we can enjoy these delicious fruits from May to August , saying goodbye with the end of summer. Like their direct cousins, the peach and nectarine, they are summer fruits.
You can check the calendar of the fruit season to be able to consume these foods at their most optimal moment. In addition, when they are in season they provide us with more benefits for our health, they have a better aroma and are tastier , among other advantages.
There are several varieties of Paraguayans (Prunus persica var. Platycarpa), but these main types are distinguished: white and yellow pulp and with different types of veins.
How to buy Paraguayans?
When buying the Paraguayan, we have to take into account its visual appearance. It is important that it does not have deteriorated parts with spots or wrinkles.
We also have to observe that they are not too soft due to excessive maturity.
The Paraguayan is a climacteric product, that is, it ripens after harvest. Therefore, we have to take special care with its conservation.
If it is more whole than normal, we can leave it out of the refrigerator, in a cold and dry place, without contact with direct light.
On the contrary, if we buy it at its ideal point of maturity, it is better to keep it in the fridge separate from other foods.
How do you eat the Paraguayan?
We always recommend eating raw, fresh and seasonal fruit. In relation to this fruit in particular, it is a delight to eat it in season. It is very juicy and refreshing in the summer season.
In addition, they can be included from different recipes such as in a fruit smoothie, a fruit salad or in jams. Also in recipes for desserts, cakes, cookies or ice cream.
Paraguayans are very nutritious foods with many benefits for our health. It is composed mostly of water. It is a food rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals such as calcium or potassium.
It also provides us with fiber and around 50 calories per 100 grams of product.
Likewise, it provides us with vitamins such as A, C, K, E and, to a lesser extent, those of group B. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene. There are also minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.
Average nutritional value per 100 grams of Paraguayan
|Vitamin A||17 ug|
|C vitamin||8,84 mg|
|Vitamina K||2.30 ug|
We find a fruit with very healthy antioxidant properties. It is recommended for the whole family, since it provides us with very beneficial nutrients for health.
It is a very healthy food and these are students of its benefits:
Helps us control cholesterol.
The Paraguayan gives us phenols that they have in their skin and pulp. Thanks to these phenols, it helps us regulate bad cholesterol levels and regulates good cholesterol.
Regulates our nervous system.
They are foods rich in magnesium, a nutrient that regulates our nervous system. In addition, it helps us fight anxiety and stress.
To maintain radiant skin
It is a food rich in beta-carotene that is transformed into Vitamin A when our body needs it. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps us maintain radiant and healthy skin. Together with vitamin C, which is another powerful antioxidant, they neutralize free radicals.
Better assimilation of iron
As they are products that provide us with Vitamin C, it helps us assimilate iron from other foods.
An extra energy supply
It is rich in carbohydrates that offers us an extra supply of energy. It is a fruit recommended for athletes.
Ideal for weight loss diets
They are fruits that, due to their properties, are ideal to include in a diet to lose weight. It provides us with a large amount of water and fiber. In addition, it has detox or cleansing properties.
Strong and healthy bones
These fruits provide us with calcium and to a lesser extent phosphorus. They are necessary components to keep our teeth and bones strong and healthy.
A fruit with detox benefits
They are cleansing foods or more popularly known as detox foods thanks to the amount of water and fiber that Paraguayans provide us. Detox foods make us eliminate toxins from our body.
They are foods very rich in water, just like the summer fruit challenge. It helps us stay hydrated in the hottest season.
It is a natural laxative like plum because it is rich in fiber. This also makes it a natural detox.
Whether raw or in different recipes, eating Paraguayan or Paraguayan is a real pleasure. It is very appetizing in summer because it is a very refreshing and tasty food. In addition, due to its nutritional properties, it is a very healthy fruit that we recommend that you include in your diet.
My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.