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Think Besides Mangoes Also!

Think Besides Mangoes Also!
As soon as summer hits, everyone starts waiting for the mangoes as it’s the king of fruits but many other fruits which are delicious as well as healthy are at their best during this time of the year.

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As soon as summer hits, everyone starts waiting for the mangoes as it’s the king of fruits but many other fruits which are delicious as well as healthy are at their best during this time of the year. Take advantage of fresh fruits like chikku, blueberries, pears, kiwi, sugarcane, bananas, coconuts, watermelon, pineapple and many more. These wonderful fruits can be enjoyed as simple nutritious snacks or as delicious additions to salads and of course desserts. Let’s check out a few of them.

Cheeku: It is eaten fresh usually as a dessert fruit or used for ice creams and milkshakes during summers. It known by various names in different countries e.g. as chikoo or sapota in India, sofeda in Bangladesh, cheeku in South Asia and Pakistan, chico in the Philippines and so on. It is at home in both dry and wet climates and is drought tolerant. Fruiting occurs four to six months after flowering, with fruit sometimes ripening in bunches multiple times of the year. The flavour is exceptionally sweet and very tasty, and has been compared to cotton candy or caramel. The bark contains a gummy latex substance called chicle which has been used as a primary ingredient in chewing gum for many years. The chikku trees yield fruit twice a year, though flowering may continue year round so it can be enjoyed in winter too!  Cheeku Recipes

Apricot: The Apricot is a species of Prunus, classified with the plum in the subgenus Prunus. The native range is somewhat uncertain due to its extensive prehistoric cultivation, but most likely in northern and western China and Central Asia, possibly also Korea and Japan. The fruit is a drupe similar to a small peach, from yellow to orange, often tinged with red on the side most exposed to the sun; its surface is usually pubescent. Laetrile, a purported alternative treatment for cancer, is extracted from apricot seeds. Due to their high fibre to volume ratio, dried apricots are sometimes used to relieve constipation or induce diarrhoea. Effects can be felt after eating as little as three.  Apricot Recipes

Plum: A plum or gage is a stone fruit tree in the genus Prunus, subgenus Prunus. Plum fruit is sweet and juicy and it can be eaten fresh or used in jam making or other recipes. Dried plums are known as prunes. Prunes are also sweet and juicy and contain several antioxidants. Plums come in a wide variety of colours and sizes. Some are much firmer-fleshed than others and some have yellow, white, green or red flesh, with equally varying skin colour.  Plum Recipes

Pears: This fruit has real waist trimming power is in its fibre. One medium pear has 100 calories and is a good source of vitamin C. The best weight loss benefits can be gained by leaving the skin on to get more fibre and nutritional benefits. Their texture becomes mealy if they are left to ripen on the tree and have a much shorter storage life than apples. Pears are native to costal and mildly temperate regions around the world like from China to across Asia. Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. The juice can also be used in jellies and jams. Pear is not only good for health, its wood is one of the preferred materials in manufacturing the high quality woodwind instruments and furniture.  Pears Recipes

Bananas: This fruit can help depression, and also has beneficial effects on digestion and ulcers. It’s the ultimate fast food. Bananas are understandably one of the most popular energy boosters. The pectin fibre helps soothe heartburn, ulcers, inflammation of the digestive tract and helps to lower cholesterol. Eating one fresh but not too ripe banana a day will help stave off the blues and aid concentration. Bananas are native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, and Australia. Bananas are grown in 132 countries worldwide, more than any other fruit crop. In most cultures banana usually refers to soft, sweet dessert bananas that are usually eaten raw. Bananas may also be dried and ground into banana flour. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colours, most cultivars are yellow when ripe but some are red or purple.  Banana Recipes

Coconut: Its water is widely consumed by people who want to stay healthy and cool in summers. The coconut palm is a member of the palm family. The coconut palm thrives on sandy soils and is highly tolerant of salinity. The coconut fruit has many food uses for its water, milk, meat, sugar, and oil. It also functions as its own dish and cup. Each coconut tree takes up to a year for coconuts to grown up, the trees bloom up to 13 times a year. Modern research has shown that the fatty acids in coconut oil do not raise serum cholesterol or contribute to heart disease, but are in fact very healthy. Asians who use significant amount of coconut in their diet do not suffer from modern diseases seen in western cultures that promote a low fat diet.  Coconut Recipes

Watermelon: It is both a fruit and a vegetable and is considered a type of melon. It is 92 per cent water by weight, the highest percentage of any fruit. It has a smooth exterior green /yellow and a juicy, sweet, usually red or yellow, but sometimes orange, interior flesh. Fresh watermelon may be eaten in a variety of ways and is also often used to flavour summer drinks and smoothies. A one cup serving of watermelon will provide around 48 calories; it is also an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A and provides significant amounts of vitamin B6 and vitamin B1, as well as minerals potassium and magnesium. Watermelon rinds are also edible, and sometimes used as a vegetable.  Watermelon Recipes

Pineapple: The pineapple Ananas comosus is a tropical plant and fruit multiple, native to Brazil or Paraguay. It is a tall plant with 30 or more trough shaped and pointed leaves, surrounding a thick stem. It is useful in bronchitis, asthma and sinus problems and has been shown to relieve angina and thrombosis. It can also be used to enhance digestion. Pineapple is thought to be beneficial for arthritis and joint pain. Pineapple can help relieve the swelling linked to arthritis and sore throats, as well as injuries or operations.  Pineapple Recipes

Blueberries: This well known super food could be beneficial for our eyes and brains, for strengthening veins and arteries and for improving blood circulation. Blueberries may also help in lowering cholesterol and protect against cancer. The specie is native to North America and eastern Asia. Although blueberries are native to North America, they are now grown also in Australia, New Zealand, South American countries and also in Pakistan. Blueberries are one of the only human foods naturally coloured blue.  Blueberries Recipes

Falsa: A large, scraggly shrub or small tree, the falsa has long, slender, drooping branches, the young branchlets densely coated with hairs. The falsa grows in most any soil sand, clay or limestone but rich loam improves fruit production, as does irrigation during the fruiting season and in dry periods, even though the tree is drought tolerant. The fruits are eaten fresh as dessert, are made into sirup, and extensively employed in the manufacture of soft drinks. The juice ferments so readily that sodium benzoate must be added as a preservative. Falsa is astringent and stomachic. When unripe, it alleviates inflammation and is administered in respiratory, cardiac and blood disorders, as well as in fever.  Falsa Recipes

Sugarcane: It was originally grown for the sole purpose of chewing in south east Asia and the Pacific. The rind was removed and the internal tissues sucked or chewed. Freshly extracted juice by hand or electrically operated small mills, with a touch of lemon and ice, makes a delicious and popular drink to beat the heat or by just raw sugarcane cylinders or cubes, which are chewed to extract the juice. Sugarcane has been known for at least 2,200 years, it is the source of sugar in all tropical and subtropical countries of the world. Production of sugar by boiling cane juice was first discovered in India.  Sugarcane Recipes

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