A little tricky on the the teeth but fruits that have hundreds of seeds in them offer a world of goodness to your body and mind.
You’ll find fruits with many seeds in all climates from berries to exotic tropical beauties like dragon fruit and papaya. Many of the seeds are tiny and can be eaten dispensing a source of much needed fibre to your system. These include raspberries, guava, pineapple, pomegranate, passionfruit and dragonfruit.
Common in tropical Asian and American countries guava has green skin enclosing pink or white flesh dotted with small, hard seeds. Rich is astringents, guava provides excellent skin care and beats most toners and products in the market. The fruit is highly rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as potassium. It reduces cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, relieves
constipation because of its fibre content and helps boost weight loss. Suffering from cold and cough? Juice of young guava loosens cough, eliminates mucus and disinfects the respiratory tract. The astringents in guava binds loose bowels and soaids diarrhoea and helps in gastroenteritis cases.
Native to Central and South America as well as Southeast Asia Dragon fruit is also called pitaya and is a vine. The fruit either has white flesh dotted by thousands of black seeds or a stunning deep pink flesh. Dragon fruit boosts the immune system and is rich in vitamin C and fibre aiding digestion.
Dragon fruit helps lower blood glucose levels so is popular among diabetics.
The fruit prevents formation of cancer causing free radicals and is an effective anti-oxidant. Dragon fruit helps to control cholesterol levels and is rich in flavonoids that have positive effects against cardio related diseases. Dragon fruit improves memory so take it during your exams.
Yes, tomato is a fruit – a fruit that can grow across climates and regions. It has a good lycopene content. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases. Free radicals in the body can be flushed out with high levels of lycopene, and the tomato is so amply loaded with this vital anti-oxidant that it actually derives its rich redness from the nutrient. lycopene is not a naturally produced element within the body and the human body requires sources of lycopene in order to make use of this powerful anti-oxidant. While other fruits and vegetables do contain this necessary health ingredient, no other fruit or vegetable has the high concentration of lycopene that the tomato takes pride in. Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and oesophagus have all been proven to be kept at bay by high levels of lycopene.
Pomegranate is a deciduous shrub which bears red fruit. It is native to Iran and the Himalayas but is now grown widely throughout Southeast Asia, Southern Europe with Mediterranean weather. Pomegranate is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium as well as polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. It is also considered one of the high-fibre fruits. The three types of polyphenols contained in pomegranate juice are tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid. These antioxidants are believed to be able to help in preventing cancer and heart disease. Most of the fibre in pomegranate is contained in its edible seeds. The seeds also contain unsaturated oils and micronutrients. If you drink only the pomegranate juice and discard the seeds, you will miss out on added nutritional benefits. Pomegranate juice is not only delicious but offers you health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants which help in the prevention of heart disease, preventing the spread of prostate cancer, reducing cholesterol and reducing the hardening of blood vessels.
Passions are native to subtropical wild regions of South America. Contrary to looks you should buy passion fruit when the skin is wrinkly and soft. Inside there are hundreds of black seeds encased in a gel-like yellow flesh that is sweet and sour. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibre.
Passion fruit has vitamin C that helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
The fruit contains very good levels of vitamin A and antioxidants which are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Passion fruit has a lot of potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
The main producers of raspberries are Poland, the US, Germany and Chile and there are many species and cultivars. They are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fibre and anti-oxidants.
Raspberries have significantly high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid (tannin), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid – antioxidant compounds that have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases. Raspberries are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K with very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins help in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Native to Mexico, Central America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Papaya is a good source of dietary fibre, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It also contains calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium. Papaya boosts the immune system preventing a repetition of colds and flu. After treatment with antibiotics eatingthe fruit or drinking its juice replenishes the good intestinal bacteria, which was destroyed by the antibiotic treatment. Because of its high antioxidant content, papaya can prevent cholesterol oxidation and can be use in a preventative treatments against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and diabetic heart disease.
One way of showing off all those seeds and the colour of the fruit is to make a smoothie. Blueberry and raspberry smoothies are stunning in colour while vanilla offers a dramatic black and white effect against the millions of vanilla seeds and yoghurt.
Raspberry Banana Smoothie
1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
Blend together the banana, orange juice, yoghurt, and raspberries until smooth. Serve.
Dragon Fruit Juice
1 dragon fruit, peeled and cut into chunks
Handful of ice cubes
In a blender juice the dragon fruit with the ice cubes. Serve.
Cold Tomato Soup
1 kg ripe tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
Serves 4. Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until your desired smoothnesss. Transfer to a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.