A few information about the sour prunes (dried plums) or "xina koromila" as they are called in Skopelos. Barely processed the sour prunes, abundant in fiber, with vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants content, are included in the traditional Mediterranean nutritional habits, Nowdays, the Mediterranean diet is considered by contemporary dietetics as a way of living which offers long life and good health. Research results have demonstrated that dried plums aid in the reduction of oxidant stress, they reduce the bad cholesterol levels, they protect the cardiovascular system, they show anticancer action, they favor bone growth, they decelerate mechanisms involved in body and brain ageing, they regulate arterial pressure and they contribute in normal cerebral micro-circulation. We should also keep in mind that one of the most natural, healthy and effective ways to deal with and also prevent constipation is of course the consumption of prunes which are more than beneficial for the intestine. Adding prunes in our kitchen, on a daily basis, we benefit our metabolism and health.
- In the traditional Skopelitian cuisine, they substitute vinegar, adding a sweet-sour and slightly spicy flavor to the food. For instance, we use them in lentil soup, in all the fresh fish cooked in the oven with onions, in grouper stew, in octopus in vinegar and hare stew.
- In modern Skopelitian cooking, we add them in other kinds of dishes too like stuffed porterhouse steak, chicken roll, bean soup, rosemary-scented pork filet with garlic, in veal casserole, lamb in tomato sauce and game meats.