Pineapple the fantastic fruit

Pineapple for Health

Are you growing fat, and the doctor has advised against having fruit. Well Pineapple is one fruit that helps you reduce fat and has many health benefits associated with it. It is actually berries fused together. The fruit is made of many berries that fuse together to form the complete fruit. It is a fruit full of spikes. The most difficult fruit to cut before eating. The health benefits of Pineapple are indeed numerous.

It is a fruit that contains the least amount of calories. They are fat-free and low in sodium making them great for people with high level of cholesterol.Some of the known health benefits of eating Pineapple are:

  • Strong Bones – Pineapple contains manganese which is 75% of total needed in a day.It is great in building bones and possibly can prevent osteoporosis in Women. Manganese present in Pineapple has also been known to build connecting tissues.
  • Good for Eyes – Pineapple helps eye to fight macular degeneration, a disease affecting ageing people. The high amount of Antioxidants and Vitamin C in Pineapple is responsible for the effect.
  • Weight Loss – Recent research has proved that having Pineapple daily helps in reducing the fat around the waist, which is the most difficult to get rid of.
  • Anti-Inflammatory and anti-tumor – Pineapple contains bromelain which can reduce severe inflammation and tumor growth. Research is going on in its effect on osteoarthritis.

However eating too much has its health risks. Too much intake can cause tenderness in mouth, tongue and cheek. It contains high level of Vitamin C and excessive intake can result in nausea , diarrhea or vomiting. So eat this fruit but with care, never over eat!

Let us know the benefits of our very humble strawberries

What else could be more delicious than strawberries? They are easy to grow and pick when ripe. Yet, unlike other fruits they won’t continue to ripen after they are picked. Strawberries are often used in sweet stuffs such as jams, cakes, jellies and the list is unending. Other than being the sweet tasty snack, they have health benefits. Following are the health benefits of strawberries.

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Strawberries as anti-aging products

Constituents of strawberries include; vitamin C, iron, biotin, fiber and antioxidants. Vitamin C and antioxidants are preventive anti-aging products. They protect human body cells from free radical damage and inflammation that courses early aging. When you have been exposed to the sun for a while, the skin suffers from sun burns. Intake of vitamin C aids to protect the skin as in this case. Moreover, the above mentioned supplements are essential such that they facilitate new cell growth. Thus, for a supple skin stick to strawberries since they serve as the best natural anti-aging product.

Strawberries promotes eye health

Do you know that the presence of antioxidants in strawberries helps to counteract cataracts? Cataract is the clouding that covers the eye lens. It is associated with the aging population and might cause blindness. Additionally, vitamin C is vital as it protects human from being exposed to free radicals. They are sourced from the sun, particularly the UV rays. Otherwise, protein found in the eye lens would be a subject of destruction. Other than that, vitamin C from strawberries aids, to strengthen the eye’s retina and cornea.

Organic Gardening – Grow your own exotic fruits and vegetables

We have been talking about different varieties of exotic fruits and vegetables all the time but we never thought of growing our own. Well, I did! 🙂 and do it the organic way. I studied a lot about it and here are my tips on how to do organic gardening.

With the onset of fall and sending warm invitations to winter, don’t you think, it’s a perfect time for paying due attention to your garden. Otherwise you can also turn your old garden into an organic one. Now before you turn yourself into a quiz master and ask me what is organic gardening; or say organic garden, I will like to describe the actual meaning of it.

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What is Organic Gardening?

Organic gardening is a certain way of growing plants, flower, vegetables, fruits or any kind of herbs, shrubs, where both traditional and scientific techniques are adopted to nurture them. The term organic gardening can be applied either on a smaller scale in respect of the plants in your garden or on a wider scale in respect of farming for commercial purposes. Another thing is that in organic gardening synthetic fertilizers are not used. In organic gardening there are lots of things involved which usually people don’t do. In it, the plants are perceived to be a part of the entire system of nature. The process starts from nourishing the soil, and ends till harvesting delicious and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Making Organic Mango Syrup

Mango is the fruit I love the most. You can make shakes and can have the juice. Whatever form I can have mango at any moment. Once I experimented and made an amazing syrup out of my favorite fruit. It was not the season of ripe mangoes. Raw mangoes were available and I bought them. But due to sensitive teeth, I could not eat sour things at that moment. The famous proverb ” Necessity is the mother of inventions” worked here. I made something which became a favorite on the dinner table since. It was a simple mango syrup made from jaggery and mango.

Mango Syrup

Ingredients:

– 250 gm raw mango chopped into small pieces.

– 250 gm Jaggery( You can use brown sugar instead, but Jaggery gives better taste)

– 10 gm Black Cumin Seeds

– 5 Bay Leaves

– 10 gm Aniseed

– 50 gm butter

– 5 gm salt

Making:

  • Melt the butter in a pot, and when heated add Black Cumin seed and Bay leaves. It will give nice aroma.
  • Add the chopped mango and cook for 15 minutes. After 15 Minutes add salt and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Now add Jaggery/Brown sugar and let it melt and mix with the raw mango. Let the liquid become brown.
  • Add one glass of water and let it simmer for 30 minutes. The mango will mix and a nice curry will form.
  • Add aniseed on top and let it cool. You can put it in the refrigerator for better results.
  • Once it is cooled it will have a nice gel look.

The syrup is ready. You can spread on the bread or eat as a sweet dish.

Taking a Fresh Look at Weird Fruits which Deliver

Emerging from the Winter, I did what I’m sure everyone concerned about their weight and their health does… go on a juice fast. Not with apples, pears and strawberries though. No, the world is full of healthy, edible fruits and veggies and  I wanted to taste some of them. There’s nothing like a bit of a culinary adventure, and I wanted to replace carrots, oranges and apples with some exotic fruits and vegetables if I could find them.

In Australia for starters, I came across a bright yellow, semi-tropical fruit with these long spindly fingers growing on a friend’s farm. Known as Buddha’s Hand, this healthy citrus fruit, which looks just a bit like a lemon, doesn’t have juice. You can slice it and put it in your juicer. Superfoods are abundant everywhere, like lemons, and adding in some pitaya meant I was going to get a fill dose of  beneficial nutrients and enzymes.

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Idon’t think that it was my imagination when i discovered by skin and sinuses clearing and my joints feeling more flexible and smooth. Its rue that there are lots of different opinions about whats important when losing weight and trying to be healthy at the same time. Quality, originality and taste do it for me and with clear skin and sinuses, these exotic fruits certain deliver!

Exotic Fruits which are Becoming Family Favourites

Well, it may be hard to believe, but some of the weirdest fruits and vegetables, which may look really odd, can actually work to keep us healthy. Some people will say they used to develop a cold every month, but with these exotic fruits and vegetables, its more like once a year. Look at the weird Cherimoya which is a South American fruit which doesn’t look particularly appetising on the outside. The flesh inside however is velvety creamy. With a pineapple and banana flavour, eating this fruit is like enjoying an after-dinner desert. If you can’t find this exotic fruit, at least you can get it as bottled flavoured water.

Cherimoya

The Kiwano melon is a truly weird looking fruit. Some people say it looks like a bloated fish while others say it looks like a fruit from outer space. It has been nicknamed ‘horned melon’ and looks untouchable with its horned, yellow exterior. Inside you get a jelly-type fruit with a refreshing tantalizing taste  with a mix of flavours from lime, cucumber and banana. The seeds are also edible, but with a strange fruit, most people simply prefer to hold the seeds between their teeth and remove the flesh of the fruit bu sucking it off. Similar to what you would do with a grenadilla,  with a ripe Kiwano, you can just spoon out the fleshy part and eat it directly or use it as an addition to your fruit salad. Another great idea is to spice up your favourite drink and turn it into something exotic by adding in some Kiwano.

Unless you’re really averse to eating strange, wacky looking fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong by adding them to your diet and enjoying their health benefits.

Uncomfortable Coverings on a Special Fruit

Now, I’m not one to balk at new things, but I came across a fruit that drive you away before you get to know it. It’s a Durian!

A Durian looks like a porcupine

When I first saw this fruit, it reminded me of a porcupine, a cactus, an armadillo with a skin condition…anything but a fruit that Southeast Asians love. It doesn’t smell as inviting as an orange and, as you can see, you can’t hold it like a banana. I was surprised to learn that Durians have more fat than other fruits, but no cholesterol. Apparently, It has potassium, like bananas.

A friend, who introduced me to this fruit, said she can’t feed it to her children in its natural form, but they will eat it if it is baked into pound cake or used to flavour puddings. She just has to make sure the children don’t see it, or smell it. Her husband finds opening the husk or shell as difficult as cracking a coconut,  so he doesn’t want her to buy it more than once every 3 or 4 months. When she buys it, she can’t actually bring it into her home. She leaves it outside, in a covered basket, because a Durian smells awful!

I wonder if I could use its shell for crafts. Anything that looks and smells like this should have other uses for those brave enough to eat its pulp!