Candied and Preserved Fruit
Candied & preserved fruits are said to be a royal light refreshment of Ming Dynasty and then they were handed down in the folk. It is used to be processed with honey, which currently is replaced with sugar. But the taste is similar. It is wonderfully delicious.
There is many kinds of candied and preserved fruits in Beijing. The difference between candied fruits and preserved fruits, in accordance with the native standard in Beijing, lies in the proportion of liquid and juice. The candied fruits are absolutely dried, like preserved apple, pear, apricot, peach, pear-leaved crab-apple, flowering crab-apple, tsao, green plum and haw, all of which are processed and boiled in sugar water before being dried. They look bright brown, golden or amber, though dry and slightly sticky with below 20% moister. It looks very complicated and hard to make, in fact it is very easy to make on the condition that the materials or ingredients are well prepared. These ingredients are easily found in the market. If you are truly interested in its making, the markets around the hotels or residences can offer you these common materials.
The preserved fruits are rich in fruit essence, mineral, vitamin C which are valuable to human body. They are can bought in supermarkets or groceries.
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