Pomegranate

by admin on August 10, 2016

Pomegranate

In the last couple of years, the pomegranate has been all the rage…with this new juice appearing on the shelves. This seasonly available fruit is renowned for its nutritional properties. Studies show that the juice from this fruit is one of the most powerful antioxidants, which contains a very high level of polyphenols and other free radical-fighting agents.

Some nutritional benefits are:

The fruit can help with:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

In 2006 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study which showed that “the polyphenolics in the fruit can play an important role in the modulation of inflammatory cell signaling in colon cancer cells.”

How the fruit fights cancer

Learn more about the the fruit, by visiting a page dedicated to answering an antioxidant-fruits.com’s reader’s questions.

Have you ever wanted to know how to peel a pomengranate? I found this video on You Tube and tried it out myself. This a very good technique, although I still have difficulty with the pomengranate. I think it is a difficult fruit to easily enjoy, like the simple banana.


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Pear

by admin on August 9, 2016

Pear

Pear

The “common” or European pear is packed full with a variety of nutrients, including dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C and several polyphenols. Research has concluded that fruit may be able to help normalize blood sugar levels, boost metabolism and provide a variety of other health benefits.

The nutritional benefits are:

  • Potassium
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin C

The fruit can help with:

  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Blood glucose
  • Diabetic conditions

Thinking about cooking with them? You can always check out my Fruit Recipe Page to find unique recipes of specific fruits found on this site.

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Prunes

by admin on August 9, 2016

Prunes

Prunes

Prunes are the dried result of a plum. Surely, we all know the biggest benefit of them is regularity! Hallelujah for that! Plums have impressive antioxidant properties, but when converted into their dried counterpart their antioxidant powers can increase by as much as 600 percent! They have a wrinkly texture on the outside and a chewy texture on the inside.

Some nutritional benefits are:

They can help with:

  • Aging-related conditions
  • Constipation

A recent study done at Oklahoma State University found that the dried fruit can help reverse bone loss due to menopause. It suggested that dried plums can reverse a particular process of osteoporosis previously thought to be irreversible.

They are used in many cooking dishes and are also used in making juice. The constipation elixir. They are a rich dietary fiber as a result.

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Growing Goji Berry

by admin on August 7, 2016

 

How to Grow Goji Berries

Growing Goji Berry WolfberryGrowing the goji berry is no an easy task. Learn how to grow goji berries and about growing goji plants below.

Being able to grow your own food is always an extra advantage financially and nutritionally. Goji berry plants, Lycium Barbarum or Chinese Wolfberry, are woody perennials and known to be very adaptable.

They prefer a lot of sun, liking places that are hot and dry in the summer. The plant originated in the Himalayas. However they will grow in areas that are humid as well. The plants can tolerate very cold winters as well. But, truly, the only way to find out whether or not a wolf berry will grow in your area is to buy one, bring it home, plant it and see if it grows!

Growing Goji Berry from Seed

How to Grow Goji BerryIf you are going to grow the berry plant from a seed, then you will want to freeze the berries for a month (replicating a hard winter). If you are not growing them from seeds, you can obviously skip this step.

Once they have been frozen for a month, soak them in water in a germinating tray. If you wait a week to 10 days, they will germinate in due time, as the water soaking will make the berries think that it is a wet spring – an important part in growing goji berry.

Once they have germinated, be sure to put them in planter starter pots. You’ll want your soil to be a mixture of worm castings and biological compost, as well as sand to make sure any excess water can drain out of the pots. Let it be known that wolfberries grow in soil of ph of 8.2 to 8.6 in their native environment.

Growing Goji BerryThe germinated goji berries should be planted about half an inch down in the pots, of course, plant large berries down deeper. A goji berry seed is smaller than a tomato seed.

In another 10 days to 2 weeks you will notice that the plants start coming up. Once the wolfberry sprouts it is adaptable. The plants grow very slowly in the first couple of months and once their roots get to the bottom of the pot, they will stop growing.

Growing Goji Berry from Cuttings (and continuation of growing them from seed)

If you are taking cuttings from a well-established plant, then you will want to transfer them to 5 gallon buckets as soon as possible (this goes for the germinated berries from the starter pots as well). These 5 gallon buckets should be equipped with drain holes (you can punch them in the bottom if you would like).

The wolf berry plant at its full size is about 8 feet tall and is usually a bit wider than 8 feet.
If you keep them in the 5 gallon bucket, they will not reach their full 8 feet, because like the starter pots, the 5 gallon bucket will stop their growth once the roots reach the sides of the bucket.

How to Grow Goji Berry WolfberryThe shrubs do not yield berries until their third year of growth, but many people also use the leaves of the shrub as salad greens.

In its third year of growth, the shrub will yield purple and white trumpet-like flowers from summer until the first freeze; those flowers will eventually turn into berries.

To keep the shrub growing to its maximum potential, be sure to clip the buds of the plant to get more branches to grow.

DANGERS TO THE GOJI BERRY PLANT:

  • Birds
  • WolfberryDeer
  • Rabbits
  • Tomato Worms
  • Other Insects

You can propagate the plants by taking cuttings, once they are well-established.

Goji berries are very tender and bruise easily. As a result there is no quick way to pick them. So take your time and be patient to get the best yield.

As the shrub gets older in age, it will produce larger and more nutritious berries.

Learn more about the Goji Berry’s history in Utah .
Growing Goji Berry – Benefits of Goji Berry

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Benefits of Goji Berry

by admin on August 5, 2016

Wolfberry

Health Benefits of the Goji Berry

The benefits of goji berry are numerous; you’ll also want to know the benefit of goji health juice and the side effects of goji berries.

The goji berry is known as the wolfberry. Wolfberries are commercially called goji berries. It is also known as the Chinese wolfberry.

Goji berries are usually never found in their fresh form, except for in the areas of the world where they are grown. However, they are available as dried fruit and therefore are raisin like textures.

Goji Berries are used in cooking and medicinally.

Benefits:

  • 11 essentail and 22 trace minerals
  • 18 amino acids
  • 6 essential vitamins
  • 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides
  • beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols
  • 5 carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin (below), lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin, a xanthophyll
  • numerous phenolic pigments (phenols) associated with antioxidant properties
  • 5 unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid

100 grams of the dried berries contain important amounts of:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Vitamin C

Like all antioxidant fruit, the goji berry has great benefits. They are grown in temperate and subtropical climates in China, Mongolia and the Himalayas (Tibet). The berries in these regions have been thought to help the following:

  • strengthen the legs
  • boost immune function
  • helps eyesight
  • improves sexual function and fertility
  • improve circulation
  • promote longevity
  • protects the liver

Benefits of goji berries are that they are loaded in antioxidants, especially carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin protects the retina of the eye. Learn more about the benefits of goji berry and growing goji berry.

Buy Goji Berry products online.

Organic Goji Berries

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Benefits Of The Lychee Fruit

by admin on August 5, 2016

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

You can buy Lychee products online.

Buy fresh lychee online too!

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

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Two Moms in the Raw Cayenne Cacao Truffles are little bites of goodness.  They are wheat free, dairy free, soy free and vegan.  They are 100% organic, gluten free, non-GMO, kosher, raw and handmade.  They come 3 to a pack and 1 pack weighs 3 ounces.

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The ingredients for the Two Moms in the Raw Cayenne Cacao Truffles include: organic almonds, organic agave, organic cacao, organic vanilla bean powder, organic cinnamon, organic cayenne pepper, sea salt.

Two Moms in the Raw Cayenne Cacao Truffles Review

They just make me feel good when I am eating them – I feel like I am fueling my body and I think they taste good too – upon first bite, it is mostly cinnamon that I taste and then it fades to cacao and cayenne.  I definitely would buy these again.

Check out the other products that Two Moms in The Raw makes on Amazon.

You can buy Two Moms in the Raw Cayenne Cacao Truffles on Amazon or on Two Moms in the Raw’s website.

Here’s our arrival video:

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Here’s our final review video:

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We received the The Two Moms in the Raw Cayenne Cacao Truffles for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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Travel to Fruit

by admin on July 31, 2016

Exotic Fruit

Travel to Fruit

Have you ever thought to travel to fruit? That is travel to pick your favorite fruit from its vines? Or traveling to find a completely new fruit that isn’t available in your local grocery store? Some hard-to-find fruit that can only be eaten off the vine/branch are Carambola, Soursop, Tahitian Lime, White Sapote, Sapodilla, Black Sapote, Jakfruit, Rollinia, & Roseapple. Most of these aren’t in the grocery store because there is no way to get them to the store without the fruit bruising or going bad. They are really really delicate finicky fruit, but good fun to try!

What if you could eat the Acai Berry from it’s stem or eat fresh fruit all day long. This page contains links to various fruit farms and fruit orchards that allow for tasting of fruit from their vines. You can also be adventuresome and inquire about local fruit farms and orchards near your home or near wherever you are traveling to. If you know of a fruit farm or orchard that Antioxidant-fruits.com should add to our list, please contact antioxidant-fruits.com.

Submit Your Travel to Fruit Story! Post it in the comments below!

Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
Lot 5 Nicole Drive
Cape Tribulation
Queensland, 4873
Australia
Tel: 0740 980057
Fax: 0740 980067
digby@capetrib.com.au
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

Check out this video of Tropical Fruit World and then you can follow the link if you are interested further.

pickyourown.org

pickyourown.org is a website where you can find local berry growers and other fruit growers nearby you–another great way to travel to fruit. It is packed full of valuable information and definitely worth a little bit of investigation. In addition the the 50 United States, Pickyourown.org also has information for the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

Submit Your Travel to Fruit Story! Click Here!

Tropical Fruit World – Australia

Of course, you don’t have to go to a destination solely to eat some fruit. For example, you could travel to fruit in the Hainan province in China and sample different fruit ranging in various types and see which fruit looks the best and most interesting. This is a very amateur video of the possibilities of finding fresh fruit when you travel. Of course, it will be easier to get fruit in tropical areas or in the summertime in the less tropical areas.

Beaupre Farm, Tasmania, Australia

Calvin’s Nashi Pear Fruit Blog

A college kid in Japan went to a Nashi Pear Fruit Farm in Japan. The blog that he has on it is very interesting and worth the read if you have the time. The information for the farm is pasted directly below.

Mr Higuchi
Pear Plantation
Niigata ken, Kamo shi,
Yamashima Shinden 748
JAPAN
Tel: 0256-53-1037

Ojito Organic Farm – near Velarde, New Mexico

Antioxidant-fruits.com is looking for fruit farms and orchards all around the world to add to this site. If you have a fruit farm or orchard that you have visited, please let antioxidant-fruits.com know about your travel to fruit location or submit Your Travel to Fruit Story below in the comments section.

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nashi pear, or Asian pearNashi Pear: The Asian Pear

The nashi pear, or Asian pear, was been cultivated for thousands of years. Its antioxidants and phytonutrient profile may help with heart disease. Modern Science shows that this powerful cleansing pear is helpful in treating urinary and digestive problems, including constipation.

Nashi Pear Nutritional Benefits

The nutritional benefits are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Dietary Fiber
  • B Vitamins

The pear can help with:

  • Red Blood Cell Production
  • Gastrointestinal Health

There is a very interesting blog done by a college student in Japan, named Calvin, about a visit to an Asian Pear farm. It is worth the read if you are interested. Each individual pear is wrapped in two pieces of paper and unlike the pear, the Asian pear must rippen on the vine.

This information can also be found on antioxidant-fruits.com’s Travel to Fruit Page.
Mr Higuchi
Pear Plantation
Niigata ken, Kamo shi,
Yamashima Shinden 748
JAPAN
Tel: 0256-53-1037

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Fresh Cherry Recipes

by admin on July 21, 2016

Fresh Cherry Recipes

Tart CherryWith over 1,000 varieties of cherries, it’s easy to see why the demand for fresh cherry recipes, including cherry pie recipes, cherry cobbler recipes, and cherries jubilee recipes, is so high and why so many enjoy sharing their recipes.

Fresh cherry recipes, as well as recipes for cooking with cherries in any form, are in abundant supply both in printed form and online.

Cherry pie recipes are in highest demand during the cherry growing season; from June to the end of August in the United States.

With a seemingly endless supply of fresh cherry recipes, including, fresh cherry pie recipes, cherry cobbler recipes, and cherries jubilee recipes, there is no reason not to enjoy the great taste and multiple health benefits of cherries.

Here are some great cherry recipes to get you started, but be sure to check out these fresh cherry recipes as well:

Fresh Cherry Pie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (9-inch) prepared vanilla wafer crust
  • 1 (.25-ounce) package unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 4 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 drops red food coloring

DIRECTIONS
1. In a small bowl, soften gelatin in cold water. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, mash half the cherries with the sugar. Stir in cornstarch, lemon juice, and food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thick and transparent. Remove from heat. Add gelatin and stir briskly.
3. Slice remaining cherries into the crust, and pour gelatin mixture over cherries. Chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Cherries Jubilee

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups (1 pound) fresh sweet red cherries
  • 1/3 cup kirsch Brandy
  • 2 tablespoons cherry cordial
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strained fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS
1. Place cherries in a medium bowl.
2. Sprinkle with kirsch.
3. Cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes, preferably 3 hours or more, stirring occasionally.
4. In a chafing dish or heavy skillet, set over medium-high heat, combine the cherries, sugar, and lemon juice.
5. Boil until the juices are red and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
6. Add ½ cup of brandy.
7. Standing back, ignite with a long match. Let the flames die off, then continue to boil until a thick, syrupy sauce results.
8. If using the sauce with a warm or room-temperature dessert, stir the butter in until incorporated.
9. Boil until re-thickened. Turn off the heat.
10. Stir in the cherry cordial.
11. Serve at once, or let cool then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. If making the sauce ahead, reheat and add the cherry cordial just before serving.

Fresh Cherry Cobbler

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 and ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups pitted fresh tart cherries
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup milk

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Blend 1 and ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, cherries, and almond extract in a medium saucepan.
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
4. Continue to boil and stir for 1 minute.
5. Pour fruit mixture into an ungreased 2-quart casserole. Place in oven while preparing dough.
6. Measure flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl.
7. Add shortening and milk.
8. Cut shortening in several times then stir until dough forms a ball.
9. Drop dough in about 6 spoonfuls onto hot fruit.
10. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
11. Serve warm with cream, if desired, or cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Do you have amazing fresh cherry recipe that you would like to share? Please contact Antioxidant-fruits.com with all the details, so we can share it herein.

Read and learn more about cherries, by visiting these pages on antioxidant-fruits.com!:

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