Fruits

The varieties of fruits consumed are numerous, and their uses important. They are chiefly valuable for their sugar, acids, and salts, and are cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. They act a tonic, and assist in purifying the blood. Many contain a jelly-like substance, called pectin, several contain starch, which during the ripening process is converted into glucose. Bananas, dates, figs, prunes, and grapes, owing to their large amount of sugar, are the most nutritious. Melons, oranges, lemons,...

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Put butter in kettle, place over fire, and when melted, add molasses and sugar. Stir until dissolved. During the first of the boiling stirring is unnecessary, but when nearly cooked, it be constantly stirred. Boil until, when tried in cold water, mixture will become brittle. Add vinegar just before taking from fire. Pour into a well buttered pan. When cool enough to handle, pull until porous and light-colored, allowing candy to come in contact with tips of fingers and thumbs, not to be squeezed...