Strawberries Nutrients and Health Benefits

StrawberriesSince I pretty much have all or most of the popular fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meats in my blog collection, I decided to update some of the very first ones. My earlier article posts weren’t as detailed, full, and interesting as newer ones. The reason for that is because I’m noticing that I got some more and some better experience in writing about the Nutrients and Health Benefits of different kinds of foods. So, this article is going to be an update of my older article post about Strawberries Nutrients and Benefits. Only I’ll give this article a little bit different title, let’s call it Strawberries Nutrients and Health Benefits.

Did you know that Strawberries are not really considered as berries? It’s because the red yummy part of the strawberry is called a Receptacle. Botanically speaking, Receptacle is the thick part of a stem from which flower’s organs grow, but in the strawberries the Receptacle gives the rise to the red edible part. The seeds of the Strawberry are called Achenes. Achenes are a type of a simple dry fruit. In other words, Strawberries are considered as an Aggregate Accessory Fruit. Continue reading

Watermelon Nutrients and Health Benefits

Red Watermelon with Seeds.Here is some good-to-know information that I found out about the Watermelons. Watermelons are from the Cucurbitaceae family and there are more than 1200 of varieties of them. Watermelons can weigh anywhere from less than a pound and up to more than two hundred pounds. They are also can be in red, yellow, orange, and white colors when in ripened stage. Some of the Watermelon’s varieties are Carolina Cross, Yellow Crimson Watermelon, Orangeglo, Moon and Stars, Cream of Saskatchewan, Melitopolski, Densuke Watermelon, and so on.

Green WatermelonWhen you pick a Watermelon in the store, at the farm, or at some kind of a market, make sure that you choose a fully ripened Watermelon. A good amount of research has been done and it was conducted that fully ripened fruits that are close to being spoiled are much higher in antioxidants then the early picked fruits. When choosing which one to take home with you, try choosing the one with a deeper color and if you choose the whole and uncut Watermelons, then there has to be a yellow spot on one of the sides, that is the side it was laying on, if there is no yellow spot then the watermelon was picked to early. Also, the less of white lines on top of the green deep color the better. Not only do the Watermelons taste good but they also are pretty healthy. The Nutrients in about One Raw Watermelon Wedge (about 1/16 of whole melon = 286 grams) are: Continue reading

Roselle – Hibiscus Nutrients and Health Benefits

Roselle - Hibiscus Drink.In this article I would like to talk about a very unique plant called Roselle, or Rosella Fruit, or Binomially speaking Hibiscus Sabdariffa. This annual or perennial herb is one of the species of Hibiscus. The fruit of Roselle plant become mature in about six months and that is when it gets beautiful bright red color. While still immature, this plant can have whitish or yellowish colors with a dark reddish spot at the bottom of each petal. The stem of the Roselle plant is cultivated for the production of Bast Fiber or Skin Fiber which is then used to make burlap (Woven Fabric, Gunny Cloth, or Coarse Fabric).

Roselle plant has been and still is considered as an AntiHypertensives (used to treat hypertension or high blood pressure), Mild Laxative (used to induce bowel movements), and Diuretic (used to elevate the rate of urination to treat drug overdose or poisoning). The Red Calyces or Sepals of this plant are used by some countries for food colorings, for flowers, for syrups, for jams, or for many different kinds of drinks. And the green leaves of Roselle can be used for salads, for curry, for teas, for lotions, for wounds, and for sores. Continue reading

Quince Fruit Nutrients and Health Benefits

Quince FruitQuince fruit or Cydonia Oblonga is a pear-shaped fruit that grows on a Quince tree that is similar to apples and pears. Some people referred or still refer to Quince as The Golden Apple. Quince trees produce beautiful white or pink flowers. According to some people’s opinions, Quince fruit gives out very pleasant and perfumy flavor. This fruit can be eaten raw just like apples and pears. The longer the fruit will stay on its tree the softer and sweeter it will get, but it must be picked before the frosting begins.

Quince Flower, image provided by Fir0002 at Wikipedia.People from around the world like to enjoy Quinces in jams, jellies, puddings, or sauces because of its strong pleasant flavor. Some people may prefer Quinces roasted, stewed, baked, or they’ll add it to their teas to improve the taste and scent. There were no human witnesses in the garden of Eden that are alive today, but some ancient history somehow suggests that after being tempted by the devil, Eve ate this Quince fruit in the Garden of Eden. In my opinion that forbidden fruit wouldn’t survive till today, because it was only one tree, it was forbidden by God, and I don’t see why He would destroy it after the human disobedience. The Nutrients in an average full raw without refuse Quince fruit are: Continue reading

Cherimoya Nutrients and Health Benefits

Cherimoya Fruit - image borrowed from WikipediaCherimoya fruit is also called Annona Cherimola. Its name means Cold Seeds, because Cherimoya shrub (or small tree) can live at high altitudes. Mark Twain called Cherimoya fruit as “the most delicious fruit known to men”. And many cultures used it as a decorative art on their ceramics and other creative ideas. According to some people, Cherimoya fruit is white, fleshy, soft, sweet, and also tastes like a mix of either, bananas, pineapple, pear, apple, strawberry, papaya, or even bubblegum. So, the Cherimoya fruit is good and healthy to eat, but according to some research you should stay away from its seed, because they are poisonous and could be used as an insect killer, insecticide, or pesticide. Anyway, the Nutrients in one average Raw Cherimoya fruit (about 312 grams) without skin and seeds are: Continue reading

Natal Plum Nutrients and Health Benefits

Carissa Macrocarpa - Natal Plum FruitCarissa Macrocarpa or Natal Plum, or Large Num-Num, or Amatungulu, or just Carissa is a South African shrub that now can be found in various places around the world. This Carissa shrub prefers to live in coastal areas with salty winds. It can grow as high as 7 (about 2 meters) feet and as wide as 10 feet (about 3 meters). Carissa plant produces beautiful, thick, round, and shiny leaves which people claim to be poisonous. Also, Carissa produces nice, red, tarty, plum-shaped, sweet and sour fruit (or berry) which is edible when raw and/or when cooked. Some people enjoy the Carissa fruit Raw or in jellies, jams, pies, and sauces. The Nutrients in about a cup or 150 grams of Raw Carissa fruit that was cut into slices are: Continue reading

Breadfruit Nutrients and Health Benefits

Image of a Breadfruit FruitBreadfruit or Artocarpus Altilis or Sukun is not Jackfruit just so you know from the start, even though they do look alike on the outside and are very related to each other. Breadfruit trees can grow as high as 85 feet or 26 meters, and they provide people with a special milky juice that can be used for boat caulking. Under the right conditions Breadfruit tree can produce as much as 200 fruits each year. People claim that Breadfruit is very starchy and tastes like a potato or a fresh baked bread. People from around the world prefer the Breadfruit either Fried, Boiled, Baked, or Roasted.

Breadfruit needs to be cooked before eating. Some people mix the Breadfruit with Coconut milk and then bake it in Banana leaves. People can cook this fruit directly in fire, then they can add ingredients like sugar, butter, cooked meats, coconut milk, and/or other fruits, and then they can cook it some more to get all of that flavor mixed together into an awesome meal. Did you know that Breadfruit tree was very popular on Pacific Islands, because of its light unique wood that is resistant to shipworms and termites, and it was very useful for canoes and buildings. Sounds like this Breadfruit is pretty popular and pretty useful, but now lets see how healthy it is for us. The Nutrients that one cup or 220 grams of Raw Breadfruit contain, are: Continue reading

Abiyuch Nutrients and Health Benefits

Abiyuch Fruit Nutrients and BenefitsAbiyuch is a Flowering Tree that produces edible Abiyuch Fruit. Other names for Abiyuch Fruit are Bama, Varuna, Bidasi, Sacred Garlic Pear, Temple Plant, Spider Tree, and the binomial name for it is Crateva Religiosa. Abiyuch mainly lives in Japan, Pacific Islands, Australia, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The Fruits of Abiyuch tree are very healthy for humans. The Nutrients in about half of a cup or 114 grams of Raw Abiyuch Fruit are: Continue reading

Cloudberry Nutrients and Health Benefits

CloudberryDid you know that there is a fruit that is very similar to Raspberry? This fruit is called Cloudberry and it usually has an amber or golden-yellow color when it is in Ripe stage. Also, ripe Cloudberries are soft, juicy, and have a tartish flavor. Other names that people use for Cloudberries are Bakeapple, Baked Apple Berry, Yellowberry, Salmonberry, and Binomial Name is Rubus Chamaemorus. In Russian Cloudberry is called морошка and pronounced as moroshka.

Finnish (Finland) 2 Euros Coin with CloudberryFinland has a coin that is two Euros and on one side of it there are some Cloudberries which were designed in 1988 by Raimo Heino. Cloudberries are mostly found in Northern areas and they can withstand very cold temperatures that are below 40 degrees Celsius (which is 40 degrees Fahrenheit). People use Cloudberries for jams, juices, tarts, liqueurs, bread cheese, ice cream, waffles, and other unique deserts. Since Cloudberries have a Large amount of Vitamin C, some people use it as a protection against Continue reading

Kumquats Nutrients and Benefits

Kumquat Fruit Nutrients and BenefitsDid you know that there are fruits that look like Oranges but they are smaller, oval, and have the shape of an olive. These fruits are called Kumquats. An average Kumquat tree can produce up to fifty fruits per one year. Usually people like to enjoy Kumquats in a raw form. Also, people use kumquats in candies, jellies, drinks, and sore throat remedies. The Nutrients in about one average Raw Kumquat Fruit are:
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid
– Vitamin C
– Choline
– Protein
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Sodium
– Copper
– Manganese
– Natural Fats
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Carbohydrates
– Dietary Fiber
– Natural Sugars
– Calories

The Health Benefits of Kumquats are:
– Improves wound healing
– Prevents cells from damages
– Improves gums health
– Improves teeth health
– Improves Immune System
– Protects from free radicals
– Reduces Aging
– Lowers Risks of some Cancers
– Improves Iron absorption
– Improves Lung health
– Prevents from frequent colds
– Protects from frequent infections
– Reduces Inflammations
– Protects blood from over-clotting
– Reduces Cholesterol
– Reduces lipids
– Lowers Risk of atherosclerosis
– Lowers Risk of obesity
– May Reduce Growth of Cancer cells
– Prevents depression
– Protects from cardiovascular disease
– Helps protect from type 2 diabetes
– Reduces fatigue
– Prevents from dry and itchy skin
– Strengthens hair
– Strengthens nails
– Improves concentration ability
– Reduces joint pain

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