Sapota or Chickoo
- Sapodilla or Sapota or sapote, a delicious tropical fruit, is rich in vitamins, minerals and many health benefiting anti-oxidant tannins.
- The fruit is soft, composed of easily digestible pulp made up with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.
- Although sweet potatoes may be part of the Thanksgiving tradition, be sure to add these wonderful naturally sweet vegetables to your meals throughout the year; they are some of the most nutritious vegetables around.
- Our food ranking system also showed sweet potato to be a strong performer in terms of traditional nutrients.
- This root vegetable qualified as an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. How do these sweet potato nutrients support our health?
- As an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and a very good source of vitamin C, sweet potatoes have healing properties as an antioxidant food. Both beta-carotene and vitamin C are very powerful antioxidants that work in the body to eliminate free radicals.
- Shallots are members of the onion family, although they behave like garlic.
- When peeled, shallots separate into cloves, but have a mild onion-like flavor.
- Shallots are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium
- The smaller the shallot, the milder the taste. Look for firm, dry bulbs with no sprouts. Skin should be papery and have no wrinkling. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place for a month or more
Shron Fruit or Kaki Fruit
- The Sharon persimmon is an improved kaki variety, named after the river valley in Israel, where the fruit is cultivated. Not having the poisonous pits and tannin, this fruit can be enjoyed in its unripe stage.
- Sharon fruit has red-orange skin that encases a jelly-like, sweet flesh when ripe. Brightly colored, plump and about the size of a tomato, the flavor of this persimmon variety is unique, tangy and sweet.
- Low in sodium, Sharon fruit offers a good source of vitamin A, contains some vitamin C and offers an excellent source of dietary fiber.
- Snake gourds grow straight and long, sometimes reaching six feet in length.
- This squash is narrow, green, cylindrical, thin-skinned, and slightly wider at one end.
- Young snake squash offers a subtle zucchini-like taste, but contains a narrow central core of seeds that must be discarded. As the snake gourd ages, it becomes bitter and is used as a tonic in holistic medicine.
- A good source of fiber, this nutritious vegetable provides vitamin A, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and iron.
- Starfruit make a great first impression by parading its natural talents.
- Each fruit is a good source of Vitamin C and fiber, and has only about 30 calories.
- Officially known as Carambola, the best part about the one-of-a-kind starfruit is the elegant golden stars that are produced when you cut into the fruit’s waxy cross section shape. Ripe starfruit are mostly bright yellow with light tinges of green.
- Dark brown spotting along the five ridges is normal. It is a delicate tropical fruit, so handle with care.
- Eat the entire fruit, except for the small seeds. The sharp flavor is a blend of tangy apple, and juicy citrus.
- This decorative and eye-pleasing choice is great in salads, desserts and can be used as a base for sauces for meat and fish.
- Strawberries are full of nutrients, especially high in Vitamin C which makes for great skin and eyesight. Vitamin C also helps burn fat.
- They are also high in components that fight free radicals (cell damaging agents which can cause different types of cancer), antioxidants and phytonutrients. It is the antioxidant property in strawberries that is considered to render them red.
- They contain an excellent source of manganese (good for cholesterol synthesis) and Vitamin K (crucial for good bones).
- Strawberries are also full of potassium, folic acid, riboflavin, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, magnesium, copper and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients help bone formation, protect against cancer and are excellent for pregnant women in the prevention of birth defects.