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The mango tree belongs to the genus Mangifera. This genus comprises of a number of species of tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family of Anacardiaceae. Known as the king of fruits, Mango, the name is derived from the Tamil word ‘Mangkay’ or ‘man-gay’. In the 16th century, the Portuguese settlers in Western India adopted the name as ‘manga’. The mango tree is mainly cultivated for its fruit, though it is not only the fruit, but many parts of the tree like the leaves, bark, roots, etc., which can be put to some use or the other. The fruit is famous world over for its food, juice, flavour, colour and fragrance. The leaves of the mango tree are considered auspicious by many Indian communities and are often used as decorations at weddings and other religious ceremonies. The mango tree reaches to a height of about 35-40 m I.e approximately 65ft. and has a crown radius of about 10m. The leaves are of the evergreen variety and orange-pink when the tree is young, and change to the dark glossy red, when they start maturing and as they mature, the colours of the leaves turn dark green. The trees flower with white coloured flowers having a lily like fragrance. Once the flowering gets over, the tree bears fruits, which take 3 to 6 months to ripen. Growing Mangoes The mango trees grow large in size and are shade providing dense trees, whose roots are not destructive. In winters, the tree requires full sun and a perfect air drainage. When grown on the slopes, care should be taken that it is grown at the top or middle level of the slope, and a wind break needs to be provided on the exposed areas. In the desert, the mango tree needs the shade of other plants. When grown in the greenhouse, free air movement and full light are mandatory in order to prevent the tree from diseases. The mango tree grows well in almost all types of well drained soil, but it is advisable to avoid heavy, wet soils. the preferred pH balance of the soil need to be anywhere between 5.5 to 7.5. The tree is also tolerant to alkalinity. To ensure good growth of the tree, mango tree should be grown in deep soil, as it needs space to accommodate its extensive roots. Irrigation needs to be provided to the trees, once the weather warms up a bit. The right time for irrigation varies in different regions, for example at the coastal regions, the trees need to be irrigated in April, whereas in the desert, irrigation is required in February. Watering is necessary on a regular basis to maintain the moisture of the soil, and should be continued till the fruit is harvested.A nitrogen fertilizer is essential when growing mangoes, to ensure a healthy flower production. Other micronutrients like iron are also added to facilitate a good harvest. it should be noted that the tree must not be fertilized after mid-summer. Organic fertilizers are also a good option. Care should be maintained as to not to over fertilize the tree, as it would cause irreparable damage to it. Sandy soils require more fertilizer than the clay or loom soil. Mango and Its Varied Food Uses Mango is best eaten raw. The sweet fruit can be consumed all in itself or can be mixed in salads and cereal to enhance the their taste. The pulp of the fruit is juicy and is full of innumerable fibers. Mangoes are often used to make chutneys, which may be prepared from either raw or sweet mangoes In India, processed mango layers called “ampapad” are often sold in local markets In many parts of India, the mango juice fresh from the mangoes is often eaten with “Puris” Raw mangoes are used to make pickles, which are an excellent accompaniment with any Indian food item Dried strips of sweet, ripe mango are also popular, with those from Cebu and are exported worldwide A variety of things like juices, smoothies, ice cream, fruit bars, raspados, aguas frescas, pies and sweet chili sauce, or mixed with chamoy, a sweet and spicy chili paste, are made from this wonderful fruit In many regions of South-east Asia, mangoes are very popular pickled with fish sauce and rice vinegar Dried unripe mango is used as a spice and is known as amchur (sometimes spelled amchoor) in India. Mango Facts Mangoes have been grown on the Indian Sub-continent since time immemorial. They are believed to have originated in East India, Burma and the Andaman Islands bordering the Bay of Bengal. It was in the 5th century BC that the Buddhist monks first took the mangoes to Malaysia and eastern Asia. According to a legend, Buddha is believed to have found tranquility in a mango groove. The traders from Persia took the mango trees to the Middle Eastern countries and Africa. It was from here that the Portuguese took them to Brazil and the West Indies. It was in the 1830′s that the mango cultivars arrived in Florida and California. Hundreds of varieties of the fruit are now grown world over, throughout the tropical and the sub tropical world. India is the leading producer of mangoes followed by Mexico and China. It is also grown in Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Brazil, Philippines and Haiti. Mango Varieties Many cultivars of the fruit exist, and most of them are a result of cross-pollination. Alphonso or Hapoos, as it is popularly called, cultivated majorly in Maharashtra, is the most popular variety. It is an export quality mango. Some other cultivars include Kesar, found in Gujarat, Dasheri, the highly aromatic mangoes found in Uttar Pradesh, Langra variety in varanasi, Bombai from Bihar, Baganpalli/Benishan, Maldah from Bihar and West Bengal, Kuini from West malaysia, Tommy Atkins from USA, R2E2 variety from Australia, etc. are some of the most well known varieties worldwide. Health Benefits of Eating Mangoes As a rich source of Iron, mangoes are a must have for pregnant women and anemic patients. Regular consumption of mangoes by pregnent womwn ensures the proper development of the fetus Mangoes contain phenolic compounds, which are rich in anti-oxidants, which help in fighting cancer If consumed on a regular basis, mangoes help to combat acidity and ensure proper bowel movement, thereby making the digestive system strong Mango is a rich source of vitamin A, E and Selenium, which help to protect against heart disease and other such related ailments Mango is also an effective remedy to remove clogged pores of the skin Research has shown that eating mangoes can help you get relief from Kidney related problems including nephritis Eating mangoes also provides relief from respiratory problems, fever, constipation, etc.
Apple is a fleshy fruit of the tree of the species Malus domestica in the rose family Rosaceae. The trees of the Malus family require a long period of dormancy, a well drained soil, years of careful pruning and pest management. The apple tree usually grows to about 5-12 m in height, and is one of the most cultivated fruit trees in the world. Apples ripen in autumn, and generally are 5-9 cm in diameter. They are available in a number of sizes, shapes, colours, etc. but are mostly round and come in the shades of red or yellow.The tree is believed to have originated from Asia, and now more than 7, 500 varieties of apples are available worldwide. These large number of varieties may be grouped in three categories, cider, cooking, and dessert varieties. Those varieties, which ripen in late summer are often the ones, which cannot be stored for long, whereas the ones that ripen in autumn may be stored all year round. Apples can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked or be converted into drinks, and are a rich source of vitamins A and C, fiber, carbohydrates, etc. To know if an apple is good or not, one should first look at its texture, which should be smooth, and be free of any bruises or cuts. The firmness of the apple is the proof of its sweetness. Storage of the apples in an important aspect and care should be taken to store them in a cool and dry place, wrapped in a poly bag.Millions of tonnes of apples are grown throughout the world every year. China, USA, Turkey, France, Italy and Iran are amongst the top exporters of apples in the world. Apples are used in many recipes made world over. The American Apple Pie is world famous and is a traditional dish made on special occasions. Apple can also be baked and eaten as a side dish with any kind of meat. Apple sauce made from blanched apples is an excellent accompaniment with pork. Dried apples also make a health snack. Origin Researchers believe that the apple tree was one of the earliest cultivated trees. The apple fruit has improved over a period of thousand years of its existence owing to the process of selection. Some botanists theorize that apples originate somewhere in central and southern China. The seeds of this mystic fruit are believed to have been spread by birds throughout the northern hemisphere. In 300 BC, Alexander the Great is believed to have found dwarfed apples in Asia Minor, which he brought back to Greece.The colonists brought the apples to North America in the 1600′s, and the first apple orchard was built in Boston in North America in 1625. Apples have been relished as a winter fruit in Asia and Europe since time immemorial. The Europeans took the apples to the USA in the 1900′s, as the irrigation projects in Washington state started at that time and the multi-billion fruit industry spread its roots. Some Delicious Apple Facts It takes an Apple Tree 4 to 5 years to produce fruit America’s President George Washington was fond of pruning his apple trees Around 25% of an apple is air The largest apple that was picked weighed 3 pounds An average apple tree can fill 20 boxes, weighing 42lbs, when harvested The energy of 50 leaves is required to produce one apple Apples ripen faster at room temperature, than when stored in a refrigerator. Myths and Apples From the very outset, apples have been associated with health, beauty, fertility, temptation and sexuality. Many mythical tales have been long associated with this mystical fruit. In the Bible, the apple is depicted as the forbidden fruit, which Adam and Eve ate, and brought wrath on the entire race of humans. In Greek Mythology, Heracles, a Greek hero, was required to travel to the garden of Hesperides and pick golden apples from the tree of life located at the centre. In another myth from the Greek mythology, Atlanta, raced all her suitors, and outran them all in order to avoid marriage. But she could not defeat Hippomenes, who defeated her by his cunning plan. He used the three golden apples given to him by Aphrodite, the Godess of love. He used these apples to distract her, and as a result successfully won her hand in marriage. There are many such myths associated with this supple fruit, which have been going around for centuries. Apples and Their Health Benefits Apple is an extremely dexterous fruit, as it is not only delicious but is also healthy. In the day and age we live in today, fitness and health seem to be on every ones mind. Apples are sweet, do not have many calories, and also aid in weight management; making them an ideal fruit. They also possesses many health benefits, which may be enumerated as follows: Apples are a rich source of dietary fiber, which helps in slow release of sugars in the body. This helps in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. The fiber content also facilitates a smooth bowel movement making the digestive system of the body strong They are a rich source of a mineral called boron, which helps promote bone growth The large amounts of phytochemicals present in apples, makes them a good source of antioxidants in the body Research has shown that eating apples can reduce the risk of developing a number of cancers. Quercetin, a flavour found in the apples can prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells. The skin of the apples have phytonutrients, which can inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells by 43% Consuming apples regularly also ensures a smooth functioning of the lungs, and reduces the risk of respiratory diseases Studies also suggest that apples aid in the lowering of blood cholesterol level, with the help of Pectin present in them Making apples a part of your daily diet, also helps in tackling aging problems, preventing wrinkles, and promoting hair growth.
Guava is a tropical fruit, which is in very much like the shape of a pear, and has a yellow-green skin and white, yellow, or red/pink flesh. The guava tree belongs to the myrtle family Myrtaceae. The tree is native to Mexico, as well as Central America, Northern South America and parts of the Carribbean. They are now cultivated throughout the tropics.The fruit is known by many names in various countries. They are called Pera in Sri Lanka, Amrood in Hindi and Urdu. In Bengali it is known as Peyara. They are also referred to as the bayabas locals of Guayaba. Some people prefer eating guavas to oranges, as the former have more concentration of Vitamin C and are also a lot cheaper than the latter. Guavas can be consumed raw, but need to be ripe, as raw guavas are hard on the stomach. They make excellent jams, preserves, and sauces. Guava trees are ideal for use as fruiting hedges, landscaping trees and as ornamental potted specimen trees Nutritive Value Guava is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. A guava contains approximately five times more Vitamin C than an orange. It also possesses vitamins A and B and is also rich in Calcium, Nicotinic Acid, Phosphorous, Potassium, Iron, Folic Acid, Fiber, etc Varieties of Guava Guava Hawaiian: They are of a large variety of guava, and are yellow in colour from the outside, whereas, the flesh is pink in colour. They can be consumed fresh or as a juice and can also be pruned to keep compact Para Guava: They are medium in size and have a translucent white-yellowish flesh. As they are of a sour variety, therefore, they are not often consumed raw, but they make tasty drinks and desserts. This kind of guava is grown in warm sub tropical locations experiencing high rainfall Guava-Mexican Cream: They have a roundish shape and are often small to medium small in size. The skin is light yellow in colour and is slightly blushed with red. The flesh is white and creamy, thick and extremely sweet. They make for an excellent dessert. The seeds of this variety are relatively soft Guava-Strawberry: This is a guava that is grown mainly in Brazil. It is a red coloured fruit of the size of a golf ball. The leaves of the tree are of the shape of an egg. The flesh is sweet and has a strawberry like flavour Guava-Thai White: They are the most common Asian variety with green skin and white flesh with a few seeds. They have a mild flavour. They grow well in frost free climates Guava Hawaiian- Pink Supreme: They are the largest of all the varieties of guavas grown and have a high juice content, and fruit to seed ratio. Their flesh is pink in colour and they are one of the most popular commercial variety. Their trees bear heavy fruit after one year Guava Yellow Cherry: These guavas are approximately 3cm in diameter, and have a mild flavour. They are the sweetest of all the above mentioned varieties. They have a yellow skin, with a white creamy flesh and small seeds. Guava possesses antiseptic, astringent & anthelminthic properties, useful to cure many diseases and ailments Guava can help in killing the bacteria, fungi and amoeba in the body Rich in fiber content, guava helps keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check and therefore helps in fighting many heart ailments Lycopene, a compound present in the fruit reduces the risk of cancer, if the fruit is consumed on a regular basis Research has shown that eating guavas aid in the functioning of the kidneys The Vitamin C present in the fruit helps to regulate the heart beat and also fights with the free radicals Consumption of guava also helps to control diabetes and prevents constipation Guava leaves when applied to wounds and to aching places helps in effectively curing Guava is often given to children to cure pangs of diarrhea It has general haemostatic properties, and therefore helps in treating bleeding nose, gums and minor internal haemorrhaging Consumption of guava also helps in menstrual problems The fruit is also beneficial for treating male infertility (due to high Vitamin C content) caused by sperm clumping, adhesion and other abnormalities Gargling with the decoction of guava leaves relieves from swollen gums and oral ulcers. This decoction also helps to curb the puking sensation and is beneficial to cure skin diseases. The decoction is also beneficial for skin diseases and it is very useful in stopping the puking sensation Chewing guava leaves are also an ideal remedy to cure toothaches.
Grape is a climacteric fruit that grows on the perennial and deciduous woody vines of the genus Vitis. Grapes are small round or oval berries, which have a translucent flesh, and a smooth textured skin. They sometimes have seeds, which are edible, but most of the varieties are seedless. The grapes, which are eaten are called table grapes, the ones used in the fabrication of are called grapes, and the ones used to make resins are called resin grapes. Different varieties of grapes range in colour, size, taste and physical characteristics. The colors range from green, amber, red, blue-black, and purple. In general, whole grapes have a slightly crunchy texture and have a dry, sweet and tart taste. Grapes generally grow in clusters of 6 to 300 The fruit is an excellent source of manganese, Vitamin B6, thiamin, potassium and Vitamin C. Grapes contain flavnoids:phytochemicals that are antioxidant compounds. While there are thousands of varieties of grapes, only about 20 varieties are actually consumed as a table variety. Grape Varieties Semillon: This variety of grapes is a thin skinned variety. It ripens early, and is used mainly in Bordeaux in France. It has a grassy, “figgy” flavor. It is also grown in Australia and California, and is sometimes blended with Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Noir: These grapes are extremely sensitive to conditions, are soft and ripen early. They are often used in red wines and are also used without their skin as a white ingredient in Champagne. Pinot Noir is fabricated in Burgundy, and also in Australia, California, Oregon, Italy and Germany. Pinot Gris: This grape is an exact replica of the Pinot Noir, grown in France, Germany, Austria and along the west coast of the US. It’s also known as Rulander or Grauer Burgunder. It can be used to create both fine whites and roses Vidal Blanc: Vidal is primarily grown in the northeast US, and is very hearty. It does well in late harvest sweet wines, as well as in ice wines Pinot Blanc: This grape has a flavour much like that of the Chardonnay . It is grown in Alsace, Italy, and Austria. It is an extended variety of the Pinot Gris grape and is mainly used in the fabrication of Californian sparkling wines Chardonnay: This variety is a fresh, fruity grape, which is grown in Burgundy, Champagne, California, Australia, and South Africa. It buds early, grows easily and has high ripeness levels. The made from these grapes has a fruity flavour, tasting like melon, peach, etc. It also sometimes has an oaky flavor. It is one of the most popular and easiest to grow white grape Gewurztraminer: It is a German variety, which literally means spicy. This variety has a floral taste with nutty tones. This variety is also grown in Italy, California, Canada and Australia Riesling: It is a dessert variety grape, which produces dry, crisp and fruity . Riesling is native to Germany, but can also be found in France, Australia, California, and many other countries Gamay: This variety of grapes is used in Beaujolais Nouveau , fabricated in France. This is drunk young. Siegerrebe: This variety is a cross between Gewurtztraminer and a normal table grape. It ripens very early, and has a high sugar content. Wines made from this variety taste like peach and honey Grenache: It is used for the fabrication of rose , and is widely grown in France, Spain and California. It is the second most planted grape in the world. Selecting and Storing Grapes Plump and wrinkle free grapes attached to a healthy stem are an ideal pick. While selecting, make sure you pick up intact grapes, whose juice is not leaking. The colour of grapes are easy identifiers of the sweet variety. Green grapes with a slight yellow hue are sweet, and so are extremely red and deep purple and deep black grapes. The more ripe the grapes are, the more antioxidants they have. The fruit spoils if kept at room temperature, as it starts fermenting; care should be taken to always refrigerate the grapes. Ideal way to store them, and keep them fresh for longer is to wrap them in a paper towel and place then in a polythene bag, into the refrigerator. Uses of Grapes Grapes are best eaten raw, but can also be consumed in some interesting forms and recipes like: Grapes are often used to manufacture jam, juice, jelly, vinegar, grape seed extracts and grape seed oil Stewed and spiced grapes with poached chicken breast make for an ideal meal Grapes may be added to any fruit salad. To enhance the visual effect of a salad, one can use different colours of grapes The fruit can be added to any receipe to give the dish a fruity punch Grapes can also be added to green salads, to enrich them nutritionally They taste great when served with cheese as a snack Grapes can be frozen to form a wonderful snack. Health Benefits Grapes have since time immemorial been regarded as a fruit with immense health benefits. Whether you consume them raw or as (their fermented form), be rest assured that you are raising a toast to your good health. Some of the health benefits associated with grapes, may be listed as follows: Though all kinds of grapes are good for health, the dark skinned ones contain an antioxidant, resveratol, which is shown to reduce cardiovascular and cancer risk Regular consumption of grapes reduces the brain damage caused by a stroke Eating grapes leads to an increase in levels of nitric oxide, a compound produced in the body that helps in combating the formation of clots in blood vessels Also scientists believe that grapes lead to a decrease in platelet aggregation, or blood clotting, by red blood cells Researchers have seen that regular consumption of the fruit increases the levels of alpha-tocopherol, an antioxidant compound that is a member of the vitamin E family, and this increase results in a 50% increase in plasma antioxidant activity Grape juice protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol or the bad cholesterol turns it into a an artery-damaging molecule Studies have also found that phenolic compounds in grape skins possess protein tyrosine kinases, a group of enzymes that play a pivotal role in cell regulation , made from grapes is an excellent remedy for people suffering from Hypertension The Resveratrol present in ample amounts in the grapes, is believed to lower the effects of the Alzheimer’s Disease
Grapefruit or the Forbidened fruit of Barbados is a subtropical citrus tree. The tree is an evergreen tree, which grows to a height of about 5-6m, though they may also attain a height upto 13-15m also. The leaves of the tree are long and and thin and dark green in colour. It bears four petaled flowers, which are usually white in colour. The grapefruit is an oblate fruit, which ranges in diameter from 10-15 cm. The skin is usually yellow-orange in colour and the flesh is segmented and acidic. The colour of the flesh varies as per the cultivars; it may have a white, pink and red colour. A lesser known fruit, it became popular only in the 19th century, as earlier it was only considered an ornamental plant. USA became a major producer of the fruit, with a number of orchards in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. In Spain, the fruit is known as toronja or pomelo. The grapefruit is tart and tangy with a subtle sweetness. The juiciness of the fruit is unparalleled, and even the ever popular orange is no competition to it. The flavor of the grapefruit is like paradise, as is expressed by its Latin name, Citrus paradisi. Though the fruit is available throughout the year, the best season for consuming the fruit is winter through early spring. Grapefruit Varieties The California and Arizona Variety: They are available all year round and mostly have a pink or red flesh. Some popular types in this variety include Ruby, Star Ruby, Rio Red and Marsh Ruby, as well as the White or Golden grapefruit Pummelos: Is the Chinese grapefruit and is thick and large with green or yellow peel. The interior is either white or pink, milder than regular grapefruit and very aromatic. Pummelos are in season November through March, and are especially popular for the Chinese New Year Sunkist Grapefruit: It is a solid and juicy variety and has smooth skin and less seeds. This cultivar is available for 11 months in a year from November to October. Oroblancos and Melogolds: They are the two new sweet and mild flavoured varieties. They may have green skins, even when they are ripe from the inside. Selecting Grapefruits The grapefruit need not be perfect in colour. Though the skin of the fruit may have scratches or marks, but they in no way affect the taste or the texture of the fruit. However, if there is a soft spot at the stem end of the fruit, it means that the fruit is rotting. A decaying grapefruit usually lacks in flavour, is less vibrant and has a poor flavour and is more bitter. To choose a good grapefruit, it is advisable to pickup heavy ones, as this indicates that the fruit has a thin skin, and therefore more concentration of juice. The ones with wrinkles, should be avoided, as they have a thich skin and less concentration of a juicy flesh. njoying the Grapefruit The grapefruits are best had as it is by slicing the fruit horizontaly and scooping out the flesh with a spoon They may also be consumed like oranges, by peeling the shin and eating the flesh They can be added to green salads to give them a pepup with its tangy taste A glass of grapefruit juice is better than having orange juice in the breakfast Grapefruit can be diced along with cilantro and chili peppers to make a unique salsa sauce To add a tropical touch to a salad, add grapefruit to shrimps and avacadoes and serve them on romaine lettuce. Health Benefits A fruit rich in fiber, the grapefruit is an excellent source of many nutrients and phytochemicals, which help constitute a healthy diet. It is rich in Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Fiber, among other vitamins and minerals. The antioxidant lycopene is found in abundance in the fruit, destroys free radicals floating in the body and helps build the immunity of the body. If consumed on a regular basis, the grapefruit is believed to be excellent for lowering blood cholesterol It is a fruit, which is most often an important part of a diet plan, as it helps boost the metabolism of the body, thereby facilitating the burning of fats The seeds of the fruit are known to have antimicrobial properties, which prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi Consuming the fruit regularly helps in preventing kidney stones A fruit rich in Vitamin C, it also provides protection against lung and colon cancer Grapefruit helps in boosting Liver Enzymes that help clear out Carcinogens Naringenin, a flavnoid found in the grapefruit helps in repairing DNA
The watermelon plant is a climber or a trailer or a vine like structure, originally from South Africa. Scientifically known as the Citrullus lanatus, it belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae. The fruit produced by this plant is called pepo by the scientists. This fruit has a thick rind (exocarp)and has a soft edible pulp (endocarp or mesocarp)on the inside, usually with a lot of seeds. The sweet and juicy flesh ranges in colour from pink, red to yellow. Watermelon is a tasty and filling fruit, which is low on calories and has absolutely no fat. Though, it is mostly the pulp which is consumed, but the outer shell and seeds are also consumed in many countries. In many Asian countries, roasted watermelon seeds are eaten as a snack. The rind is used in the form of pickles, jams, etc. Watermelon Varieties The Moon and Stars Variety: This variety is one of the oldest known varieties, and has been cultivated since the 1930′s. These watermelons are purple/black from the outside, having yellow circles. The weight of an average watermelon of this variety ranges from 9-23 kgs. The flesh is pink or red and it has brown seeds. This variety is ready for harvest in about 90 days from its day of plantation Yellow Watermelon: This watermelon variety derives its name from the colour of its pulp, which is yellow in colour. It is sweeter than all the other varieties and has a distinct honey like flavour Orangeglo: Orangeglos’ are a watermelon variety, which have an orange pulp. They are large in size, have an oblong shape and an average fruit weighs about 9-14 kgs Cream of Saskatchewan: They are a small round variety, which are around 10 inches in diameter. The rind of this variety is thin and is usually light green with dark green stripes. It has a sweet white flesh with black seeds. These melons take about 80-85 days to become ready for harvesting Melitopolski: This variety comes from the Volga River region of Russia, and has small round fruits of 28-30 cms in diameter. This variety of watermelons ripens early and takes 95 days from plantation to harvest Dansuke Watermelon: This variety is round in shape, has a black exocarp, with no spots or stripes. They are only grown on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. The average selling price of this variety is usually around 25, 000 yen. Nutritional Profile A watermelon is approximately 92% water, and is an excellent thirst quenching fruit. It is full of phytonutrients, and is also a good source of vitamins A, C and has ample amounts of potassium, thiamine, etc. Is it Sweet? The question almost never skips our mind, when we are buying watermelons. Buying melons is a gamble, as one cannot say if they would be sweet or not. Buying them cut is easier, as the ones having a deep colour without the presence of any white streaks are the indications of a sweet flesh. While choosing a whole watermelon, care should be taken to purchase a heavy one, with a rind, which is neither too dull nor too shiny. Also, the base of the fruit should be of a lighter yellow shade, as this shows that the fruit was allowed to ripen with the yellow portion resting on the ground. The even coloured small watermelons are generally the ones, which have been picked before they were fully ripe, and therefore suffer in their taste, texture and juiciness. Getting Experimental with Watermelon Watermelon Slush: In the sweltering summer heat, smoothies are more than welcome. Watermelon slushies are an excellent way to beat the heat. De-seed the watermelon, add lime juice, little sugar, some water, black pepper and crushed ice. Put all the ingredients in the blender, blend till smooth and then serve chilled Watermelon Salad: Sliced onions and diced watermelon with seasoning make an effective summer salad. Watermelons can be combined with almost any fruit to make a healthy and filling salad Watermelon Yogurt: Mix watermelon with yogurt and blend, then chill in the refrigerator and then serve. It forms a low cal dessert, which can be enjoyed by the entire family Fruit and Cream: Watermelon may be scooped in the shape of balls along with other fruits. Take fresh cream and some icing sugar and then whisk till smooth. Pour this mixture over the fruit balls for a refreshing taste Watermelon Juice: De-seed the watermelon and then blend it in a mixer. After all the lumps disappear, strain the mixture. To this mixture add water, salt, sugar, pepper and the concentrate on a few mint leaves. Serve in a glass filled with ice. Unknown Facts In Vietnam, watermelons are an important part of the new year celebration (Tet), as their colour is considered to be auspicious In the Mexican culture, the watermelons are related to the dead, as an art related to the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, which depicts watermelons being eaten by the dead or are shown in close relation with the dead The African Americans were often depicted as eating the fruit with inordinate relish, in racist caricatures Watermelons are extremely popular in the southern United States, and a watermelon seed spitting contest is organized at Georgia’s Redneck games every year Carved watermelon is worn like hats by the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders’ fans to imitate the helmets worn by the players In Australia, watermelon has political connotations. The term watermelon is used to denote environmental political groups, implying that these parties are green on the outside and red on the inside.
The custard Apple, also known as the bullock’s heart or bull’s heart, is the fruit of the tree Annona reticulata. The tree is a small deciduous ever green tree, which grows to an average height of about 6 meters. As a fruit of the tropics, the tree thrives in hot and humid conditions. It also occurs in many other parts of the world including Southeast Asia, Taiwan, India, Australia, and Africa. The custard apple plant bears flowers on the mature branches. The fruits are generally round in shape and have a white and creamy flesh with an extremely sugary taste. The seeds of the fruit are lustrous black in colour, but are not consumed, as they are slightly poisonous in nature. he fruit is available in a number of shapes like heart shaped, oblong or irregular. The size of the fruit varies from 2.8 inches to 4.7 inches. A ripe fruit often has a brown or yellowish surface with red highlights. The flesh is extremely grainy and sweet to taste. Not just the fruit, but other parts of the trees also have their own benefits and uses. For example the leaves of this tree are rich in an ingredient used to make dyes, stains, inks, tattoos, etc. The whole plant is a rich source of hydrogen cyanide. The fatty-acid methyl-ester of the seed oil meet all the bio diesel requirements in many countries like USA, Germany and many countries in the European Union. Commonly Cultivated Varieties Tikal: It is an excellent variety having medium yield. The flesh is bright red in colour, except the part surrounding the seeds Canul: The flesh of this cultivar has a purplish red colour. It is extremely aromatic and is deliciously sweet. Medium in size, the fruit of this variety has a waxy and shiny dark-red surface Sartenaya: The tree of this variety is sturdier amongst all the varieties. The fruit, though not attractive in outer appearance has a pink flesh and a heavenly texture and taste San Pablo: This variety has a light red surface, which is opaque. It is a vigorous, productive cultivar bearing fruits with a dark pink flesh and a divine aroma Benque: This cultivar has a large conical fruit with a dark-red surface and a tasty pink flesh Caledonia: This variety has a small fruit and with a dark surface. It has a pink flesh, which is excellent to taste Chonox: This cultivar is extremely productive, having red skin and pink flesh. As it is extremely productive, it often has a low quality fruit. This variety also produces abundant flowers in groups of upto 16. Nutritive Value Sitaphal or Custard Apple is a fruit rich in calories, and is a must have for those on a weight gain diet. Athletes and people indulging in other sports activities should consume this fruit regularly, as it gives an instant energy boost and also helps in restoring the depleted energy. It gives 104kcal per 100gm of edible portion. The fruit also has ample amounts of iron, phosphorous, potassium, and vitamin C. The edible portion comprises of about 3.1% fiber. Custard Apple on My Plate The fruit is extremely sweet to taste and can be eaten as it is. The pulp is easy to digest and can be consumed by people of all ages Often the pulp of the fruit is blended together with milk to make taste bud tickling milk-shakes, ice creams and puddings The fruit is often mixed with weaning mixtures and fed to infants The half ripe fruit is baked over coal fire and then eaten The pulp of the custard apple is also used to fabricate fermented drinks. The Alcohol, which is extracted from the fruit is called anocorin. It is said to have insecticidal properties and is thus used in various chemical preparations A kind of oil is extracted from sitaphal seeds, which is also used for similar purposes. Health Benefits of Custard Apple Custard Apple or Sitaphal as it is most commonly known in most parts of India is an Epic fruit having many medicinal properties. The fruit is rich in minerals like iron, phosphorous, calcium and riboflavin. Not just the fruit pulp, but other parts of the sitaphal plant are also beneficial in curing many ailments. Some of the medicinal properties associated with the fruit include the following: A decoction made from the leaves of the custard apple serves as an excellent vermifuge, i.e. it is an excellent remedy to expel intestinal worms The paste of the flesh of the fruit or crushed leaves of the plant can be applied on ulcers, boils and even abscesses for a soothing and curative effect The root and bark of the tree are often used as effective treatment against toothache. Many herbal concoctions meant to cure toothache have ample amounts of the bark and root of the custard apple tree The seeds of the fruit are also useful, as they have insecticidal and abortifacient properties, and are often used by farmers Regular consumption of the fruit is said to cure anemia. Sitaphal is also an excellent coolant, haematinic and expectorant A solution made from the bark of the plant may be used as an effective remedy to combat diarrhea and dysentery The leaves are believed to have healing properties and have been used against tumors and cancers The custard apple has a gamut of enzymes, which are believed to facilitate digestion The fruit is also beneficial for curing vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery and vertigo