Aronia Plant Description

by admin on September 30, 2014

Aronia Berry Bush

If you want to buy the Aronia Berry or Black Chokeberry (Aronia melancarpa) plant, you will get a deciduous shrub that can grow six feet high and wide. It grows rapidly and becomes an impressive large shrub within a year?s time. It has dark green foliage that turns red in the fall. In May, it becomes covered with little white flowers that turn into little glossy deep purple, almost black berries. Due to its aesthetic beauty, the bush is popular as an ornamental shrub in North America, and is particularly useful in absorbing swampy areas.

Fresh chokeberries right from the bush are not particularly tasty raw, being so astringent that even the birds leave them for last, or eat them as a last resort in late autumn or winter. They are full sized & still green in early August, but ripe & shiny black before August’s end, & the are least astringent after they have been through a couple of autumn frosts. If harvested they should be used primarily for juice production or pancake syrups, & will need sweetening in the process. Standard steam-method of juice extraction produces two cups of juice per pound of chokeberries. If this is mixed half with a naturally sweet apple juice, no additional sugar will be needed.

They last on the branches until late autumn or even into winter.  Aronia Berry The aronia berry is a native shrub from Eastern North America, ranging from Florida to Nova Scotia, inland as far as Indiana, & as far off as Greenland. It is terribly forgiving of growing conditions, tolerating swamp-like conditions or dryness; acid, neutral, or mildly alkaline soil; full sun or half shade (though it will not have its best appearance in too much shade); are rarely troubled by insects or diseases; & fantastically cold hardy. It is very little stressed by transplanting & a young shrub can be planted in any season with equal success.

About the only thing it can’t handle is too much heat. It?s ideal condition is a moist well-draining soil in bright sunshine. In shade it will get lankier but still a nice shrub.

It can be propagated from soft cuttings taken late spring or early summer. Take the cutting a half-inch below a node, cutting at a sharp smooth angle, touching the raw end with rooting hormone, & start it rooting in a cold frame or covered pot. A third method of propagation is merely to slice off suckers with a spade & transplanting them immediately into the areas new shrubs are wanted.

The species grown for fruit and antioxidants is Aronia Melanocarpa. There is a closely related species Aronia arbutifolia, a coastal plain species from Newfoundland to Florida and Texas.

Aronia melanocarpa seems to do better in moist soil. It seems to be a tough plant, surviving weed competition on sandy loam soil though with little growth. The foliage is handsome. A poster to the North American Fruit Explorers list reported that some strains are eligible for fresh eating and others, harsh for fresh eating, are good juiced. Most suppliers lists it as a plant for all soil types sand to clay, shade, wet soil. It seems to do alright in near full sun and would give the most fruit.

It does have a suckering, colonizing habit which means it can’t be entirely ignored if one doesn’t want it spreading about.

The plant was introduced to Russia in the late 1800s and subsequently cultivated throughout Central and Eastern European countries. The plant has been widely studied in these countries in state-directed research programs seeking to improve health through the use of natural products for food and medicinal use. It has gained popularity as a healthy food source with its fruits and juice used commercially and for home cooking in beverages, jams, fillings, wines etc. The aronia juice has a unique taste, with a pleasant tartness somewhat similar to cranberry but with sweeter low notes as in blackberry. Its juice and extracts from the berries have also been used medicinally.

Learn more about the Aronia Berry, Aronia Plant Description and the Aronia’s benefits, uses and availability:


Mangosteen Fruit Benefits

by Amanda W on September 29, 2014


Mangosteen juice,  mangosteen powder, and  mangosteen capsules – these are a few of the all-natural fruit products that are taking advantage of the mangosteen superfruit.  The health benefits from mangosteen have caught public attention, and now all elements of the fruit are being harvested as a nutritional supplement.  The skin of the mangosteen (also called the pericarp) is full of xanthones, a valuable antioxidant compound.  It is ground into powder and marketed in jars as smoothie supplements or in capsules to be taken as a pill.  The white, peach-flavored fruit within the mangosteen has the consistency or orange segments.  Juice from the fruit is also sold online and in health food stores.

Potential mangosteen fruit benefits include:

  • Anti-fatigue (energy booster)
  • Anti-inflammatory (prevents inflammation)
  • Anti-ulcer (stomach, mouth and bowel ulcers)
  • Anti-depressant (low to moderate)
  • Anti-tumor and cancer prevention (multiple categories cited)
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-viral (prevent/modulate viral infection)
  • Anti-fungal (prevents fungal infections)
  • Hypoglycemic (anti-diabetic effect)
  • Anti-obesity (helps with weight loss)
  • Anti-arthritic (prevention of arthritis)
  • Anti-osteoporosis
  • Anti-periodontic (prevents gum disease)
  • Anti-allergenic (prevents allergic reaction)
  • Anti-diarrheal

The mangosteen fruit as anti inflammatory is of special interest because the fruit can be ground and applied externally to treat joint pain.  Taken internally in one of the above forms, the mangosteen also treats many digestive and respiratory symptoms.

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LDL and Mangosteen

by cheskarr on September 28, 2014

LDL and MangosteenAn evergreen tree that has leathery leaves, mangosteen is a round, purplish fruit that is smaller than a tennis ball. The juicy pulp fruit has about has around four to eight segments.  The taste of mangosteen is a cross combination between strawberry and peach, lychee and grapes or strawberry and pear.

Although the bitter rind is inedible, it is found that the juice from the thick and rough rind contain xanthones . Xanthones  are biologically active, natural chemical substances that have potent antioxidants that can fight inflammation, bacteria, fungus infection, allergies and even cancer. The greatest discovery nowadays is that xanthones can inhibit the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

Mangosteen juice is used by many medical practitioners as the first line of therapy for many health conditions. It is claimed that its antioxidant s are the keys to treating diseases in the future. Mangosteen juice, however, should not be taken as medication but as food supplement to enhance and strengthen the body’s immune system.

Feel free to share any mangosteen recipe you know or join our discussion on other benefits of mangosteen in Facebook.

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Using Mangosteen for Sinus Problems

by Amanda W on September 27, 2014


Don’t confuse this southwest Asian fruit with the mango commonly sold in grocery stores.  The mangosteen,  in size somewhere between an apple and an orange, has an outer purple skin with soft white fruit inside with a flavor that is both citrus and peach-like.  Most importantly, consumers have seen considerable health benefits from mangosteen including aid for sinus and respiratory illnesses.  This fruit isn’t just for allergy sufferers.  Mangosteen is being called a superfruit because of the antioxidants in both the rind and fruit that fight free radicals.   The health benefits of mangosteen have been widely advertised, and though the tropical fruit does not grow in the United States, it is being marketed in extract and powder capsule form by health suppliers.  You can buy fresh Mangosteen online.  Mangosteen can be taken internally in these forms, eaten raw, or ground up and applied externally to the skin to treat inflamed joints.  Mangosteen fruit benefits also include the respiratory and digestive systems.  If you can find imported mangosteens, try this recipe for a delicious Thai Mangosteen Beef Soup :


3 oz beef sirloin
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
pinch of sugar
3 mangosteens, peeled and segmented
pinch of pepper
1 tablespoon cilantro/coriander leaves


Slice beef into small cubes.  Marinate for an hour with ground peppercorn, coriander, and garlic.  Stir fry the beef in oil.  Remove from heat and add the fish sauce.

Bring the chicken stock to a boil.  Add soy sauce and sugar.  Remove from heat and add beef and mangosteens when cooled.


Mangosteen Description

by admin on September 26, 2014

MangosteenThe mangosteen description is a fun one! The mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is a tropical tree that originates from Indonesia. The tree itself grows from 20-80 feet tall. The tree’s bark is very dark brown, almost black looking. The tree grows slowly and takes about two years to read 12” in height. It has short, leather like evergreen leaves. When the tree blooms, its flowers are 12” wide and grow in clusters of 3-6 on the tips of the branches. The tree is ultra tropical, so it cannot tolerate temperatures below 40F or above 100F.

The mangosteen fruit is about the size of a tangerine and has a deep purple color when ripe. On the inside of the fruit, there is a translucent white flesh that is citrus flavored with a sweet and tangy peach like flavor and texture. The first fruit harvest from the tree takes place about 7-9 years after the tree has been planted, however usually it is more along the lines of 10-20. The fruit yield from the tree varies. The average is 500, but some trees produce as many as 5,000. Some trees lives for up to 100 years and will continually produce fruit until then.

The mangosteen is not related to a mango fruit.

Mangosteen Description: Mangosteen Fruit Benefits

Mangosteen descriptionThe fruit has been used both topically and internally. The mangosteen is high in xanthones and each serving of the fruit offers 5g of fiber. The dark purple flesh of the outer rind (known as the Mangosteen pericarp) has been used as a dye in many communities.

The rind of the mangosteen has been used by grinding it down and applying the ground up fruit to the skin or by steeping it in water overnight and then drinking it like a tea. The rind has also been made into an ointment and applied directly to the fruit.

The xanthones in Mangosteens can help with:

  • cartilage function
  • joint function
  • respiratory system
  • intestinal health
  • immune system
  • gets rid of free radical

Mangosteen Description: Mangosteen Fruit as Anti Inflammatory

The xanthones in mangosteens are anti-inflammatory. Dr. Kenneth J. Finsand says, “This is probably the most famous use of all the qualities found in the mangosteen: it is by far the most powerful anti-inflammatory I have ever seen in 30 years of practice. Research has proven this to be true, along with folk medicine history.”

Mangosteen as an anti-inflammatory is terrific because it doesn’t cause a lot of the negative side effects one experiences from taking a prescribed medication.

Mangosteen for Sinus Problems

There was a study in Japan that reported mangosteens prevent histamine reactions that cause allergies and sinus problems. While many people have reported relief from sinus problems while eating the fruit or drinking it, the fruit itself has not been officially reported as an effective treatment.

Where to Buy Mangosteen:

  • Sunsteen
  • Xango
  • Advance Physician Formulas
  • California Academy of Health


Benefits of Antioxidants

by admin on September 25, 2014

Fruits are known to bear a large number of and to have many benefits of antioxidants. In fact, the berry that packs the most antioxidant punch is the Brazilian Acai Berry. To learn more about this berry, please click here: Benefits of Antioxidants and the Acai Fruit.

Scientists believe that Antioxidants help repair the stress that is caused by oxidation, the natural process that happens during normal cell function. During the oxidation process, a small number of cells become damaged and turn into free radicals. This starts a chain reaction that harms more cells and possibly results in disease. Unaddressed free radical activity has been linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Some of the most readily available fruits that are richest in Antioxidants and that give the Benefits of Antioxidants are cranberries, blueberries and blackberries. Apples, dried fruits, peaches, mangos and melons all score high on the antioxidant chart. looks at fruits that aren’t as readily available as these.

However, while all these foods are high in Antioxidants, they aren’t always helpful, since a big portion of their aid is dependent on our bodies and how we absorb these antioxidants. The concept is called “bioavailability”, explains researcher Ronald Prior, PhD, a chemist and nutritionist with the USDA’s Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center in Little Rock, Ark. He authored a landmark antioxidant study.

Bioavailability has to do with absorption or metabolism in the gut,” Prior explains. “What’s absorbed will be impacted by the mechanical structure of different antioxidants in food — if they’re tied up with fiber or if they have sugar molecules attached.”


Benefits Of The Lychee Fruit

by admin on September 24, 2014

lychee fruit

lychee fruit

The tropical lychee fruit belongs to the family of soapberry. It can be found widely in Asian countries, such as Philippines, Northern Vietnam, Southern Taiwan, Southern China, and Indonesia and in India but only during summers. The lychee fruit develops from evergreen tree, its leaves being pinnate. Externally, it is covered with a rough pink-red textured peel which can be easily removed. When you open it, it has a sweet layered flesh colored white, enclosing a seed which is colored brown. Lychee’s taste is to some extent like that of grapes, with juicy taste as well. Aside from it having tasty and sweet flavor, lychee is an antioxidant fruit with very useful health benefits as well as nutritional benefits.

Below are lychee fruit’s nutritional and health benefits:

  • A superior source of fiber and carbohydrates, which are important for the human body.
  • Lychee is regarded as digestive and also diuretic.
  • This antioxidant fruit helps in the increase of body fluids, a health requirement for your body.
  • Enhances in the increase of the body’s energy and the general feeling of being well and fit.
  • Lychee fruit is very loaded with Vitamin C. In fact it has about 40% more Vitamin C as compared with Oranges.
  • Its fatty acids are unsaturated, which is of great help in beta carotene’s absorption, and contains other vitamins which are fat soluble.
  • A good defense against blood clots, helps reduce strokes in almost 50% of patients with heart attack and also prevents cell damages

Have you had a lychee fruit?  How did you like it?

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Fruit Rambutan

by admin on September 23, 2014

Rambutan by Murtadha Rafaai

Fruit Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) is a round, oval shaped drupe fruit with a leathery skin. Sometimes the skin is orange or yellow, but usually it is reddish in color. It is covered with fleshly pliable spines that look like hairs. In fact, the name, Rambutan is derived from the Malay word, rambut, meaning, “hairs”.

The fruit flesh itself is translucent, whitish or sometimes very pale pink. It is sweet, watery and has a mildly acidic flavor and is shaped much like an egg. Inside the fleshy fruit is the Rambutan seed, which is glossy brown with a white basal scar. The seed is soft and crunchy and bitter. Do you have a rambutan recipe to share? The rambutan fruit is closely related to the following tropical fruits:

The fruit has various names across the world, some are:

  • ngoh – Thailand
  • mamón chino – Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua

The Rambutan tree is medium-sized tropical tree in the Sapindaceae family. It is native to Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia.

In Southeast Asia and Indonesia the fruit is very common and considered almost like an apple is to people in colder climates. The fruit is now cultivated in the following countries, making it more common and popular:

  • Australia
  • Africa
  • Cambodia
  • Carribean Islands
  • Central America
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United States – Hawaii

Rambutan by Aly Syafiq Hashim


Fruit rambutan is usually sold fresh but is also used in jams and jellies and is sold canned.

The rambutan seed is high in certain fats and oils and therefore is valuable in the manufacture of soap.

The roots, bark and leaves of the rambutan tree are used in the production of dye and various medicines.

Rambutan by Aly Syafiq Hashim

Eating a Rambutan

To open a rambutan, either cut it part way into the rind or, if freshly ripe, bite into it since the spines are quite soft and pose no threat. You can always just try twisting the rind in your fingers (only when it is ripe) and the fruit will pop out.

Once the rind is cut part way around the equator of the fruit it can be pried open with your fingers or fingernail. There may be some juice if the rambutan is really fresh that you should try to catch before it drips out. It is as sweet as the fruit.

Remove the meat of the fruit from the rind by squeezing it until it pops out. There is one seed in the center which you’ll want to discard because it is bitter.


Like their close fruit relative, the Lychee, rambutans are high in Vitamin C and these other minerals:

  • copper
  • manganese
  • trace elements of potassium, calcium, and iron

Read more about the fruit rambutan


Antioxidant Fruits

by admin on September 22, 2014

The term, Antioxidant fruits, is almost a repetitive name. Afterall, almost all fruits have some sort of antioxidant power (that’s why they get bad so quickly when exposed to oxygen). Be sure to check out Debbie Meyer’s Green Bags if you have problems with your fresh fruit going bad quickly. Her bags control humidity, and discourage mold and decay and help fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer.

Below you will find a list of the different antioxidant fruits featured on this site. These fruits have more antioxidants than the average fruit.

 Recommend an Antioxidant Fruit

Just add your suggestion in the comment section below.


Health Benefits of the Aronia Berry

by admin on September 21, 2014

The aronia berry is also known as the choke berry. Aronia berries are also filled with nutrients that are great for those who use the alternative choices to being healthy. They are full of benefits for the body as they contain antioxidants that help fight against cancer. This black chokeberry also contains useful mineral and vitamins; vitamins C, E, B2, B6 and folic acid.

Aronia berries are starting to be found in super markets and households all over the United States. They are sold as yogurts, jellies, pie fillings, candies and sorbet. There is even an aronia berry juice. It is also a flavor that is

Aronia Berries by Birgit F

Aronia Berries by Birgit F

popular in wines. This delicious berry adds nutrients that your body needs to ensure a healthier life.

The aronia berry is a great source of antioxidants, fights against heart disease and cardio vascular problems, promotes a healthy urinary tract, has anti-inflammatory properties, fights cold and flu bacteria and viruses, strengthens the memory, aids in digestion, helps the body produce good cholesterol and provides the body with essential oils. There are so many benefits this berry has for the body. It is no wonder this fruit is quite the rage for those who experience its healing power.

Aronia berries are used as ingredients in other juices such as the pomegranate and blueberry juice that Archer Farms produces. Some have testified that after drinking juices with aronia berries, they no longer experience catching colds.

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