Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jostaberry facts

Jostaberry, cross between a gooseberry and a black currant. Jostaberry was under development for more than 30 years by the late Dr. Rudolph Bauer in West Germany.
Black Currant


This plant is a complex cross, but the result is a totally new berry that combines the best qualities of both parents. The objective in developing the Jostaberry fruit was

To create a good quality berry
A higher yielding berry than the currant
A thorn-free plant
A plant with immunity to or resistance against various diseases

Dr. Bauer achieved these goals. The Jostaberry has a new flavor bringing out the best of a gooseberry with the mild hint of black currant. The gooseberry thorns are gone; immunity or resistance against major diseases is built-in, and the production is higher than either of its parents.

Jostaberries are high in vitamin C and are excellent for eating, juicing, freezing and processing.

The plant needs a lighter soil with high organic content; mulch also is recommended. The Jostaberry is winter hardy for a location such as Colorado, though it's recommended that in areas that reach below -25 degrees F, a trial planting be conducted first.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Oroblanco fruit

Oroblanco was large, greenish grapefruit which is very sweet and juicy inside. It was a white grapefruit sprinkled with sugar and less bitterness.

Oroblanco, The White Gold of Grapefruits is Frieda Caplan's favorite fruit. Oroblanco is a cross developed at the University of California-Riverside in 1958. The wonderful thing about the Oroblanco is there is no bitterness. Oroblanco is a favorite grapefruit of many farmers’ market shoppers. It’s an ideal balance of sweet, tart and delicious piney flavor.

Oroblanco have a green-tinged outside skin, but the inside flesh is pale yellow. The fruit was so sweet and juicy.

Oroblanco Sorbet 

Oroblanco sorbet is very delicious due to low acidity of the fruit and metal pan is needed to prepare.
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 Frieda's Oroblanco grapefruit, cut into halves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Mix sugar and water in a heavy saucepan.Boil until the sugar dissolves and reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Make it chill for 15 to 20 minutes to room temperature.
Pour the Oroblanco grapefruit juice in a large bowl. Stir in the cooled sugar syrup, grapefruit peel and lemon juice and freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Intake of fruit juice during pregnancy

Is it important to drink fruit juice during pregnancy period?

Yes, Of course it’s well important to drink plenty of fruit juice during pregnancy to keep yourself and your baby healthy. It will benefit your baby by increasing your intake of fundamental vitamins and minerals. Pomegranate, mango, banana are considered very beneficial during pregnancy.

Fruit juices like orange and grape will help to increase the level of the sugar in your blood and helps your baby's muscles and cells develop and also help fight off infection. 100 percent fruit juices are healthy addition to your diet while pregnant and also ensure your baby to develop properly.

Apple juice is necessary during pregnancy by the body that contains small amounts of iron. Cranberries are also considered one of the most nutritious foods to consume during pregnancy. Vegetable juices like cucumber juice, Chinese cabbage juice, kermes radish juice, broccoli juice, lettuce juice and carrot juice are good for the pregnant mother and the child.

Good natural sources of folic acid are fruit, green vegetables, orange juice, lentils, peas and rice. It is best suggested that all pregnant women take a daily 400mg supplement of folic acid a day for two months before conception and three months into their pregnancy.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wax jambu fruit facts

Wax jumbo fruits are pear shaped, thin pink skin, with crisp white flesh and slightly aromatic. Common names of the fruit include wax apple, love apple, java apple, chomphu, wax jambu, rose apple, bell fruit, makopa, tambis Philippines; the wax apple tree also grows in the Caribbean.

Soil Characteristics- Wide range of soil types provided drainage is good
Climate Requirements- Can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics. Frost and wind sensitive
Culture- Light feeding frequently and dense evergreen shade trees
Harvesting- Late summer into autumn where fruit are picked when fully colored and ripe on the tree. It can be bagged to protect them from birds and insects but the low commercial value makes this not worthwhile
Length of time until first crop- Three years
Marketing Notes Can be stored in airtight containers under refrigeration, but fruit are easily marked and flavor is not strong enough to attract consumers a second time
Three different kinds of waxjumbo's are:

Fast growing tree in the philipines country is Wax Jambu, attractive pink colored pear shaped fruit that are crunchy taste and stimulating on only a hot summers day.

Red waxy skin with crunchy white flesh taste. Highly attractive ornamental fruit as well as sweet and tasty fruit in philippines.

Oinnk Wax jambu fruit is very similar to that Red Wax Jambu but it has white waxy skin and is sweeter, but more cold sensitive in nature.

Read more about Waxjambu fruit

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pineapple fruit facts

Pineapple is also known as Pina, Nanas and Ananas which is the second most popular tropical fruit. Today, pineapple is the third of the world's production. Pineapple fruit should be harvested at the right time. It softens as it ripens but it does not get any sweeter after it has been picked.

Types of Pineapple fruit:
Smooth cayenne 
– Hawaii variety weights 3 to 5 pounds, pale yellow to yellow flesh.
Red Spanish
 – It looks like square, had tough cells suited for shipping, flesh is pale yellow.
Sugar loaf

– largest variety of pineapple, had white flesh, no woody core.
Golden Supreme – Contains lower acid, sweeter than other varieties, rich golden yellow flesh.

Nutritional facts:

  • Pineapple fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes
  • It is good for the digestive system, helps in maintaining ideal weight and balanced nutrition.
  • It can be eaten raw or used in cooking.
  • It has minimal fat and sodium with no-cholesterol.
  • Pineapple fruit contains micro-nutrients which protects against cancer. It also breaks up blood clots and is beneficial to the heart.
  • Pineapple juice contains chemicals that stimulate the kidneys.
  • It helps to cure the healing of wounds due to injury or surgery.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jackfruit facts

Jack-fruit is a member of the mulberry family. It is an attractive tropical tree valued for its timber.


  • An extract from jackfruit is a remedy for skin diseases, asthma, fever and diarrhea.
  • The fruit was rich in vitamins A, B and C, potassium, calcium, iron, proteins and carbohydrates.
  • Health benefits of jackfruit are wide-ranging from anti-cancer to antihypertensive, anti-ageing, antioxidant, anti-ulcer.
  • The pulp of the fruit can be cooked as a vegetable, pickled or canned.
  • The fruits are eaten fresh and used to make various delicious items like chutney, jam, jelly, and paste.
  • It can also be preserved as candies by drying or mixing with sugar, honey or syrup.
  • The pulp is also used to flavour ice cream and beverages.
  • The seeds of jackfruit can be eaten boiled, roasted or dried and salted as table nuts.
  • A yellow dye can be extracted from the wood particles and used to dye cotton. 
  • The pulp and seeds are used as a tonic.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dragon fruit facts

Dragon fruit is also known as Pitaya fruit or Pitahaya fruit.
  • The fruit was rich in fiber and vitamin C and also other important nutrients.
  • Both dried and fresh dragon fruit are important to fit your body healthy.
  • Dragon fruit helps to control glucose blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.
  • Dragon fruit is a superb nutritious gourmet fruit as part of a healthy natural diet. The fruit was loaded with lots of beneficial dietary fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants.
  • It helps to prevent the formation of carcinogenic free-radicals.
  • The fruit loads with Vitamin B2 which acts as multi vitamin to recover and improve loss of appetite.
  • The seeds of dragon fruit contain high polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • It helps to lower the cholesterol.
  • Great for asthma and cough and the proteins from the fruit enhance metabolism of the body.
  • Dragon fruits are rich in minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Calcium reinforces bones, helps in the formation of healthy teeth and Phosphorus aids in tissue formation.
  • It helps to excrete heavy metal toxins from the body.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Secrets of fruits tips to look slim

Fruit is one of the healthiest foods in existence. Fruit contains a large number of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and plant phytochemicals. Eat as much fruits as you can everyday to reduce your weight. Pack your meals with fruits and veggies to keep a satisfying volume. Intake of 5 pieces of fruit every day will helps to reduce your weight and also to gain full health benefits. Consume right nutritious list and avoid wrong nutrition.

Day by day fruits intake to reduce your weight and to look slim:
  • Your first day should begin with only fruits (light meal). Eat plenty of fruits except bananas as they increase the carbohydrate content in your body. Drink eight glasses of water per day. Raw orange and papaya are a good alternative to take in your diet.
  • Your second day should start with veggies. It provides you with all the essential nutrients and dietary fibers. Avoid taking beans, nuts and protein rich foods.
  • Your third day should start with both fruits and veggies. Avoid bananas, sweetcorn, peas and potatoes. You can have a bowl of vegetables and slices of cucumber in your lunch.
  • Your fourth day should start with banana. You can eat six to eight bananas and two to three glasses of milk. Milk and banana will make a balanced diet.
  • Your fifth day should start with steamed cabbage and beans sprouts. It’s good for weight loss. You may notice colorless urine due to the excretion of uric acid.
  • Your sixth day should start with one cup of rice with boiled vegetables for lunch.
  • Your last day includes one cup brown rice with vegetables and soup. Fruits and fruit juices can be included in your diet, try to drink more fruit juices which contain very less amount of sugar. Drink tons of water.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Watermelon fruit facts

Watermelons are a favorite among the Americans. Watermelons are a diet food since it is fat free and low in calories. Watermelons are grown in rows likely about 10 feet apart in faintly raised beds that are ended of fertilized sand.

Most of us had a doubt. Is watermelon a fruit or vegetable?

  • Watermelon is a fruit formerly from a vine of southern Africa. It has a smooth exterior rind and juicy, sweet, red interior flesh. 
  • Watermelon is also considered as a vegetable since it is related to the pumpkin, cucumber and the squash and also watermelon is grown as a vegetable crop using vegetable production systems.
  • It consists of 92% water and 8% sugar.
  • Watermelon is popularly used as a fruit, to our everyday meals.
  • Watermelon is recommended by the American Heart Association because of the healthy amounts of lycopene, a natural part of vegetable. It helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
  • Vitamin C in watermelon provides a good source of infection fighting free radicals that slow down the aging process.
  • It is best recommended for health as they do not contain any fat or cholesterol.
  • It was high in fiber content, vitamins A and C and also a good source of potassium.
  • Vitamins in watermelon help the eyes and also boost the infection fighting white blood cells in the body.
  • Nearly 1200 varieties of watermelon are grown in 100 countries across the world.
  • Watermelons can be kept for 7 to 10 days at room temperature. They may lose flavor and texture if they stored too long.
  • Watermelon is a popular gift for the host in China and Japan.

Friday, January 7, 2011

fruit facts: Ugli & Loganberry

Fruit health facts:
Ugli fruit:

  • An ugli fruit fruit is a hybrid variety of grapefruit and a tangerine.
  • Don’t judge the fruit by its name and its cover. An ugli fruit is named because of its puffy, wrinkled outside. But it is sweet and very juicy on inside.
  • It’s faintly bigger than a grapefruit.
  • The fruit was discovered and growing wild in Jamaica over 80 years ago.
  • The fruit is low in acid and relatively free of seeds.
  • Good source of vitamin C and helps to reduce cancer.

Read more: Ugli

Loganberry fruit facts:

  • Loganberry is a hybrid variety of blackberry and a raspberry.
  • The fruit was low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
  • It helps to reduce weight.
  • It can be used as an ingredient in jams, pies, crumbles, syrups and wines.
  • The fruit have soft spines as like raspberry bushes
  • Loganberry is used in the breeding of many cultivated varieties. Now the fruit was commercially grown in the Northwest.

Read more: Loganberry

Monday, January 3, 2011

Healthy fruits for kids - New Year resolutions

Improve your children’s health. Make New Year resolutions positive. Instead of eating less junk food, take three to four servings of fruits or vegetables a day.

  • Children may not be interested in traditional exercising. But physical activity presented in the form of playing will make the activity more fun.
  • Take your children into the kitchen and allow them to participate to prepare their own meals and snacks. It helps the kids more likely to eat.
  • Make your child to eat more fruits and vegetables, brush their teeth twice daily. Wash their hands before eating. Encourage your children to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make them to eat fruits and vegetables half the plate.
  • Drinking more water an easy and healthy way to improve your kids as well as family health. Add a squeeze of lemon, pureed fruit ice cube into the glass of water.
  • Explain your kids why they need to eat fruits and vegetables and also the importance of good health and health habits. Let know them why doctor and dentist visits are important.

Be a good role model to your child and also take action to improve the health of your family as a New Year's resolution can start everyone on the right path. Better health can be achieved and possible health risks can also be reduced.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Strawberries health facts

Strawberry is an accessory fruit. The fleshy part is derived not from the ovaries but from the peg at the bottom of the hypanthia that held the ovaries. It is greenish-white as it develops and in most species turns red when ripe. The rosette growth of the plants is a well-known characteristic. The leaves typically have three leaflets, but the number of leaflets may be five or one.

Strawberries health facts:

  • Strawberries (red fruit) relieve in memory function
  • Strawberries help to keep your heart healthy
  • Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. Hence helps to keep the immune system healthy and helps food move through the intestine
  • It’s a nutritional snack to eat
  • Strawberries help to hold bones together and helps heal cuts
  • The fruit helps keep your teeth and gums healthy

Reasons to Eat Strawberries: 

  • 140 percent of the recommended Daily Value for Vitamin C
  • Rich in fiber, making it a good source of carbohydrates
  • Rich in potassium and large banana
  • Includes antioxidants and essential minerals like calcium and iron