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And then there was ‚Ķ..The watermelon.

Originally originated in Africa, this watermelon delight has existed for centuries starting from the early Egyptian days. Testaments to their legacy were recorded in hieroglyphics painted on building walls. This fruit was fit for kings it has said to be placed in the tombs of the Egyptian kings.

Watermelon is cultivated as far as China and they are one of the largest producers of watermelons

This tantalizing tasty fruity treat is one of the richest of fruits and of high regards and has played an important role in many countries for years and centuries.

Watermelon delightful, delicious and nutritious ūüôā

Enjoy…

 

Nutritional Profile                               

Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a very good source of vitamin A. The Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. It is as great source of vitamin B6¬†and a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, and potassium. Has a high nutrient content because this food has higher water content and lower calorie content than many other fruits (a whole cup of watermelon contains only 48 calories), it delivers more nutrients per calorie‚ÄĒ which is an outstanding health benefit!

                                                     

Individual Concerns

Watermelon is not a common allergen ,¬†it does not contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines and is also not included in the Environmental Working Group’s 2010 report “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” as one of the 12 foods most frequently containing pesticide residues.

 

Tips for Preparing Watermelon:

  • Wash the watermelon before cutting it-wash it with a wet cloth or paper towel.
  • Depending upon the size that you desire, there are many ways to cut a watermelon. The flesh can be sliced, cubed or scooped into balls.
  • ¬†Watermelon can be added to a fruit salad. Jam, sorbet and juice are some nutritious and delicious things you can make with watermelon.
  • Both the seeds and the rind of the watermelon are edible. If you choose to eat the rind, it is highly suggested to purchase organic watermelon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

  • Pur√©e watermelon, cantaloupe and kiwi together. Mix in a little plain yogurt and serve as refreshing cold soup.
  • Roasted watermelon seeds season it and eat as a snack food or ground up into cereal and used to make bread.
  • Cook, the rind of watermelon this can be marinated, pickled or candied.
  • Watermelon mixed with thinly sliced red onion, salt and black pepper makes a great summer salad.
  • Watermelon is a wonderful addition to fruit salad.
  • Fruit salad can be made days ahead since cut fruit, if chilled, retains its nutrients for at least 6 days.

HOW TO BE A CONSCIOUS COOK

 

Do you ever wonder, what am I really eating and how is the food I am eating affecting the world or the environment I live in? Since mankind was introduced to industrialization especially the new farming methods, the way we as people produce food has had a negative effect on environment. Here are a few food conscious thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREAD LIGHTLY: REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

So what exactly is a carbon footprint?  A carbon foot print is a way of measuring the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere as a result of our daily actions. An access amount of these gases is harmful to the environment and contributes to global warming (melting of snow in the North Pole, longer and colder winters, and stormier weather).

Greenhouse gases include water, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide being the most widespread/common. Carbon foot print activities such as burning fossil fuels from driving your car or using electricity all contribute to the releasing of greenhouse gases. You as an individual indirectly also contribute to the amount of greenhouse gases is being given off when buying food. For an example, if you buy imported items, you need to consider the amount of CO2 that was created in transporting and refrigerating them.

Consider how you travel to work every day, how often you fly, what you eat and where your food comes. To help reduce the amount of greenhouses gases given off, make use of public transport instead of your cars. Exercise by walking to the shop or walk to work, if close by. Switch to energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, recycle and buy second- hand goods. In this way you’re helping protect the planet ( animals , plants, earth and atmosphere).

 

WHAT IS YOUR COOK PRINT?

Your cook print is the total carbon footprint of your meal-meal from farm to fork. It increases every time heat (fuel such as gas or paraffin) is used during cooking. The cost of your meal affects not only your pocket but the planet too.

 

ORGANIC VERSUS FREE RANGE

 

ORGANIC– Food has been certified at farms and during processing. No artificial food additives or chemical have been added to product. It also means that synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers weren‚Äôt used during farming and no genetically modified ingredients or products are present.¬† FREE RANGE–¬†Animals are allowed to roam freely instead of being contained in any manner. Indicates that the animal has been allowed access to the outside although it does not specify the quality or size of the outside range nor the duration of time an animal must have access to the outside.

 

ETHICAL VERSUS ECO FRIENDLY

Eating ethically means to strive to make educative decisions about what you eat and the impact it has on animals, communities and the environment.

                                                                      

 

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FAIR TRADE

When you see Free trade on a label, you know the food/product your buying is produced in an ethical way. Buying fair trade products means your supporting fair labour practices, the protection of sensitive natural areas and the safe handling of pesticides and wastes. Fair trade products are genetically modified.

 

FOOD MILES

Refers to the distance food has been transported from the time of its production to the time it reaches you. There is still a lot of researching going on which is better buying food locally or support small-scale farmers in developing countries. The concept of food miles doesn’t take into account the social, political and the ongoing issues of food production and consumption.

Target those problem spots with superfoods!!!

So today i have decided  to do a little something about health and well-being, as its very important to maintain a health body to keep you going for longer.To maintain a healthy body you need to eat the right fruit and vegetables in moderation with physical excerise but today we will be  focusing on the food and not physical fitness since its a food blog.

¬†By eating¬†¬†fruit and vegetables you can¬†target those spots¬†under those arms, legs and……….. read below to find out more!:)

Eat those vegetables and fruit!!! They good for you:)

TRIM HIPS AND THIGHS

Reducing your oestrogen levels will help reduce the weight from the hips and thighs.

 How is this possible???

  • By adapting your diet with 2 -3 portions of cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower , rocket and watercress daily.
  • Add half 1/2 a cup of grapejuice or orange juice to your breakfast.
  • Drink 3 cups of green tea with a day.

TONE UP YOUR TUMMY

Tone those stomach by replacing the carbohydrate portion of your  evening meal with extra vegetables.

Here are some suggestions.

In a carb-based meals-

  • swap the pasta for a carrot or courgettes shredded into long thin strips
  • Instead of rice/couscous add 100g of fish or lean red meat.
  • Have¬† of 125g of low fat yoghurt and fruit as an afternoon snack.

FIRM THOSE FLABBY ARMS

Experts say that fatty arms are due to a low level of  male horemones in the body .By consuming more vitamin B you cand help strenghten the adrenal glands, where these hormones are produced.

Adapt your diet by :

¬†–¬†including 2 portions of green vegetables a day.

¬†–¬†¬†choose bran /rye based breakfast 3 times a week

 Рeat a handful of walnuts/hazelnuts a day.

granny smith, golden delicious,ROSE APPLE?

 

Is it a berry, a pear or an apple? This remarkable fruit is not what it name intends, an apple. Apparently a rose apple looks more like a pear and it taste like a watermelon. Now why call it rose apple? Where the does name came from and what exactly is a rose apple? Let’s find out.

It was called Rose apple because of the crispy fruits smell and taste like rose water.The scientific name for rose apple is Syzygium jambos. While its English name varies not only is it called rose apple it is also refer to as, Malabar plum Plum rose Malay apple Wax apple Water apple. In Dutch Rozenappel, Spanish: Pomarrosa, French: Jamrosat, Jambrosade, Jam-rose and Pomme rose. German: Rosenapfel and Malabarpflaume.

 It originates from the South East Asia and its part of the Myrtaceae (myrtle family)

 Flowers: A showy terminal inflorescence, usually with four whitish-green flowers on the outside of the crown. Leaves are long and glossy.

Fruits: Fruits are about 5 cm long with a whitish-green colour, but colour variations exist including red skinned fruits. The skin is thin and waxy.

Climate and weather: Requires a tropical or near tropical climate. Growth at altitudes up to 900 meter.

Height:Grow as a shrub or as a medium-sized tree. 7 to 12 meter

Type of soil:Prefers deep loamy soil. But can tolerate sand or limestone with very little organic matter

Spacing (close range) 8 meter and Spacing (wide range) 12 meter

 Insect pests:Few insect problems. Aphids.

 Diseases: Sometimes there is visible mould growing on honeydew excreted by aphids. Leaf spot. Anthracnose. Fusarium root rot.

 Harvesting: Pick by hand from the tree. Fruits should be used soon after picking because they spoil soon. Fruits ripen over an extended period of time.

Uses:Eat the fruits fresh (the skin can be eaten too). Fruits are crisp with the taste (and smell) of rose-water. Fruits are hollow, the core contains a small amount of inedible fluff.