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    Re: Fantastic Fruits

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    How to buy fresh Apricots?

    Most fresh apricots are marketed in June and July, but a limited supply of imported apricots is available in large cities during December and January.

    Domestic apricots are grown principally in California, Washington, and Utah.
    Apricots develop their flavor and sweetness on the tree, and should be mature but firm at the time that they are picked.

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    for: Apricots that are plump and juicy looking, with a uniform, golden-orange colour. Ripe apricots will yield to gentle pressure on the skin.

    Avoid: Dull-looking, soft, or mushy fruit, and very firm, pale yellow, or greenish-yellow fruit. These indicate over maturity or immaturity, respectively.


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    Nutrients in one cup (or 165 grams) of sliced raw Apricots -

    The Nutrients in one cup (or 165 grams) of sliced raw Apricots are:

    - Vitamin A (Large Amount)

    - Vitamin B1, Thiamine

    - Vitamin B2, Riboflavin

    - Vitamin B3, Niacin

    - Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid

    - Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine

    - Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid

    - Vitamin C (Good Amount)

    - Vitamin E

    - Vitamin K

    - Protein

    - Choline

    - Calcium

    - Iron

    - Magnesium

    - Phosphorus

    - Potassium

    - Sodium

    - Zinc

    - Copper

    - Manganese

    - Selenium

    - Phytosterols

    - Natural Fats

    - Omega 6 Fatty Acids

    - Natural Sugars

    - Dietary Fiber

    - Carbohydrates

    - Calories

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    The Health Benefits according the Nutrients in Apricot -

    According to the amounts of these Nutrients in apricot, the Health Benefits are going to be:

    Vitamin A:

    - Improves Eyesight

    - Supports Good Vision

    - Fights Viral Infections

    - Protects from Viral Infections

    - Reduces Chances of Night Blindness

    - Moisturizes Skin

    - Moisturizes Eyes

    - Moisturizes Mucous

    - Antioxidant Support

    - Protects from Free Radicals

    Vitamin C:

    - Improves wound healing

    - Prevents cells from damages

    - Improves gums health

    - Improves teeth health

    - Improves Immune System

    - Protects from free radicals

    - Reduces Aging

    - Lowers Risks of some Cancers

    - Improves Iron absorption

    - Improves Lung health

    - Prevents from frequent colds

    - Protects from frequent infections

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    The Health Benefits according the Nutrients in Apricot – 1

    Dietary Fiber:

    - Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels

    - Normalizes Cholesterol Levels

    - Regularizes Bowel Movement

    - Helps prevent constipation

    - Helps prevent haemorrhoids

    - Supports Weight Loss

    Potassium:

    - Improves nerve function

    - Improves muscle function

    - Reduces confusion

    - Reduces irritability

    - Reduces fatigue

    - Lowers chance of heart problems

    - Lowers chance of high blood pressure

    - Protects from chronic diarrhoea

    - Improves exercise ability.

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    Re: Fantastic Fruits

    Wonderful information! Thank you Wonder!


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    Re: Fantastic Fruits

    useful information thanks


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    Re: Fantastic Fruits

    BREADFRUIT


    Native to the Pacific regions, it is a round tropical fruit with a broad green, mottled skin that grows from 1 to 6 pounds in weight. The off-white, bland tasting inner flesh has a consistency similar to bread and is very starchy. It is eaten raw like other fruits after it ripens. If picked prior to ripening, it is very sweet and is then baked, boiled, fried, and grilled, to be served as a vegetable.



    Nutrition Facts



    Breadfruit is a large sized fruit obtained from the huge tropical rain-forest fruiting trees in the mulberry family. It is closely related to the other tropical fruits such as jackfruit, figs, , breadnut, and mulberries.


    The fruit has unique flavor and texture used in subsistence as other tropical staples such as rice, sweet potato, taro, coconut and banana in many countries.


    Breadfruit tree has many similarities to jackfruit in all respects except that their fruits emerge from the terminal ends of small branches; whereas they arise directly from the trunk and large branches in case of the latter. It is a very large evergreen tree found in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Oceania, and Philippines, Sri Lanka and India.


    Adult breadfruit tree bears hundreds of fruits during each season. The fruits come in variety of colours, size and shapes. Each fruit features round or globular shape and weigh about 1 to 5 kg.

    Its Outer surface is covered by spikes similar to that in breadnut, jackfruit, and durian. Cut-section shows thick rind covering smooth white to cream colour pulp. Some of breadfruit varieties feature smooth, brown colour seeds interspersed in between soft flesh. The seeds are edible, have nutty texture and flavor.


    Mature fruits ripe rather quickly and feature soft, sweet, creamy flesh that can be eaten raw. Almost all the parts of the breadfruit plant can exude thin, milky-white latex upon inflicting damage.

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    Common name -

    Sa-ke(Thai), Sukun(Malay) these are some of the common names in which bread fruit is known.



    Scientific name
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    Artocarpus Altiris (Greek) meaning Artos = bread and Karpos = fruit.


    Origin- They are known to originate from Mexico.


    The fruit belongs to the family of Moraceae, of the genus: Artocarpus.


    Appearance
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    Breadfruit looks green in colour, when matured little sap will be leaked out which makes the fruit to appear more yellow in colour when ripe. The fruit has a starchy texture and fragrance that tends to remain about the fresh baked bread. The nutritious fruit and the seeds are edible.


    A fully ripe breadfruit is usually soft and fragrant and its flesh is creamy yellow like coloured and pasty with irregular oval seeds. In the centre of this seedless fruit, there found a cylindrical core, in some species which is fully covered with hairs and small seeds. The breadfruit's flesh will be sweet and the fruit haves a nice fragrant smell.

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    Health Benefits


    As in line with other tropical fruits, breadfruit too holds lots of calories. 100 g fresh fruit provides 102 calories. The major fraction of this comes from the carbohydrates. Ripe fruits are sweeter since their starch content is converted into sucrose and simple sugars like fructose and glucose.


    Its pulp has more fiber which makes it a good bulk laxative. Dietary fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol by preventing its absorption in the gut, reduce obesity, blood pressure and help protect the colon mucous membrane by warding off cancer-causing chemicals from the colon.


    It has small amounts of flavonoid anti-oxidants in the form of xanthin and luein. Yellow-orange varieties have more of these compounds.


    Breadfruit has vitamin-C that provides about 29 mg or 48% of RDA. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a strong water-soluble antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in the vitamin C help body develops resistance against infectious agents and scavenges harmful free radicals.


    The fruit has moderate levels of essential vitamins, and minerals. Like other tropical delicacies, it is rich in many vital B-complex groups of vitamins. The fruit is a moderate source of vitamins, especially thiamin, pyridoxine, and niacin.


    Fresh fruit is an excellent source of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Its pulp is good in copper, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.


    Breadfruit seeds contain average levels of protein; 100 g seeds provide 7.4 g or 13% of daily-recommended values. However, they are excellent sources of minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, manganese, etc.



    • It is considered as cholesterol controller is as it is a rich source of fiber. The fiber lowers the LDL levels (the “bad” cholesterol) while raising the levels of the HDL (the “good” cholesterol) which protect the arteries.



    • It protects the body from heart diseases and heart attacks, Other than this the fiber presents in the fruit help those with diabetes to control the disease to some extent by reducing the absorption of glucose from the in taken food.


    Consuming breadfruit on a regular basis can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. Its leaf is believed to lower blood pressure and is also believed to reduce asthma. Toasted flowers are rubbed on the gums as a cure for tooth ache.

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    Selection and Storage

    Breadfruit season coincides with other tropical fruits from May until September. Some of its varieties can be available year-round. In general, well-mature but just short of ripeness fruits are harvested by hand from the tree.


    In the local markets, it is available in different sizes, shapes, and colours. One may come across seedless or seed varieties in the markets.


    Mature but unripe fruit is rather preferred as vegetable and used in dumpling recipes. The fruit continues to ripe even after it’s harvesting. Its colour gradually turns from bright green to light brown as it ripens.


    Ripe fruits impart fragrant-rich freshly baked sourdough bread flavor and has sour-sweet custard apple taste. The ripening process converts its starch to sugar with pleasing and more intensified fruity smell.


    It should be placed in a cool well-ventilated place. If not used immediately, it will be ripe in 2-3 days. Ripe fruit should be eaten soon when it yields to gentle thumb pressure; as it deteriorates rather quickly.

    People in pacific islands have mastered some unique ancient techniques to preserve for off-season use. The fruit is sun dried, and powdered or fermented in underground ovens as in Samoa islands.


    The fruit cannot be stored in the refrigerator as it sustains chilling injury when stored below 12 degrees F.


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