Poppy Seeds Nutrients and Health Benefits

Poppy Seeds

In this article I’d like to let GenuineAid’s readers know more about the very popular baking ingredient called Poppy Seed. Poppy Seeds are derived from a plant called Opium Poppy (or Papaver somniferum). Until I took a close-up picture of a Poppy Seeds myself I never knew that they actually have an interesting shape to them. Poppy Seeds have a kidney shape to them with little dimples all over them. Continue reading

Loquat Nutrients and Health Benefits

Loquats - Loquat Fruit

Today we’ll do a little research on Loquats. Loquat is sometimes called as Chinese plum, Japanese plum, Japanese medlar, or its Binomial name is Eriobotrya japonica. Loquat is a fruit that grows on a small evergreen tree or on an large evergreen shrub. Loquat plant can sometimes grow up to 10 meters (or 33 feet) tall. Loquat leaves are dark green and have a leathery texture. When the Loquat tree flowers bloom their sweet aroma can be smelled from a good distance. Loquat fruit is sweeter when it gets softer and orange in color. According to some people Loquats have a similar taste to peaches, mango, and citrus mixed together.

Some people enjoy Loquats in fruit salads, in pies, in tarts, in jams, as jellies, in chutneys, as canned, or fresh by itself. In Chinese medicine Loquats are very popular for soothing soar throats, digestive system, and respiratory system. These fruits are often used in cough drops or syrups for medicinal purposes. The Nutrients in one cup (or 149 grams) of cubed raw Loquats are: Continue reading

Jujube Nutrients and Health Benefits

Jujube Photo Provided By Marco Schmidt at Wikipedia

In this article I’d like to introduce you to a research I did on a fruit called Jujube, binomially speaking Ziziphus zizyphus. Other names which people refer to this Jujube fruit are Jujuba, Red Date, Korean Date, Indian Date, or Chinese Date. Be advised that this is not the typical date fruit which grows on a palm tree, but if you would like to know more about those other dates, then read my older article called Dates Fruit Nutrients and Health Benefits.

The Jujube tree is considered to be a small tree even though it grows up to 10 meters (or almost 33 feet) high. It has thorny branches and it’s usually grown for shading purposes. If you expect your Jujube tree to provide lots of good fruits make sure to plant it in a hot sunny place and with sufficient water source. Continue reading