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Super fruits – 2nd edition

Dominican super fruits

 A few weeks ago we started a brand-new series on Dominican fruits giving you an idea of what's available and how these tasy and amzing fruits can be beneficial to your health. Below are next three entries on the Dominican super healthy fruit list.

 

 

Mango
Tasty mangoes!This absolutely delicious, definitely tropical and most probably one of the messiest fruits to eat, originally comes from India where it has been cultivated for over 4,000 years. It’s super nutritious and great in juices, in yoghurt or on its own.

Season: January to June
The fruit is ripe when the color is more red than green and the fruit feels slightly soft. Ripe fruit is very sweet and fragrant.

How to eat it
The best way to eat a mango is to peel the mango with a knife and then slice the fruit into segments, carving away from the large seed/stone in the center of the mango. Be sure you have a source of water nearby as you will most definitely get mango juice everywhere.

The good stuff inside
In mango fruit pulp, the antioxidant vitamins A and C, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folate, other B vitamins and essential nutrients, such as potassium, copper and amino acids, are present. Mango peel and pulp contain other phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants – carotenoids and polyphenols – and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

All this goodness is said to help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, clear skin from blemishes, promote good eyesight and improves digestion. It is also a popular remedy against heat stroke. Just take the juice from a green mango and mix it with water and a sweetener. This helps to cool down the body.



LimoncillosGuinep or Limoncillo

Kids in the Dominican Republic love this fruit which grows in bunches of little green fruit the size of marbles on strong stately trees. The taste is quite sour and it takes a while to suck on the flesh until you’ve eaten it all and can spit out the seed.

Season: June to September
You need to bite lightly on the shell until it breaks in half after which you can easily peel off the hard skin. Be ready for the intense taste to hit your taste buds once you pop it inside your mouth. It tastes tangy but sweet, a bit like a lychee mixed up with lemon! You need to suck on it until you get to the pit. One of the games played by kids is to see who can spit out the pit the farthest.

The good stuff inside
Limoncillos are full of fiber, vitamins, calcium and phosphorus. The fruit helps lower cholesterol and prevents constipation, boosts your immune system as well as helping with digestion and regulating hormones.

The little tangy marbles also contains a large amount of tryptophan, which is important for good sleep. It also lowers blood pressure as well as boosting your immune system and preventing strokes.

Those who want to lose weight could do worse than munch on this amazing fruit all day – it’s low in fat, calories and cholesterol free.

Other uses
Some people boil the leaves of the Guinep tree and make tea which is said to be great for intestinal problems.

The large seed of the Limoncillo Fruit is also edible and can be cooked, and once cooked they taste great. Roasted, crushed, and mixed with honey Guinep seeds sooth away diarrhea.

 

Papaya - Lechosa

The amazing properties of papayaThe papaya tree is a fast growing tree that thrives in hot humid conditions, grows all year round and needs lots of water. It produces big green oval fruit shaded by the wide clumps of leaves which protect the fruit from the sun. The papaya often grows around the size of an American football.  Once cut open the color of the ripe flesh ranges from pale yellow to a deep orange.

Season: Whole year around
When the fruits are ripe the outside is a light yellow color with an orange-colored pulp inside. Once a papaya is ripe it has to be eaten quickly. After a few days it will start to turn black and smell bad. But when they are fresh and ripe they taste delicious with a little lemon and sugar.

The good stuff inside
Papaya fruit is a rich source of nutrients such as provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, B vitamins, dietary minerals and dietary fiber. Papaya skin, pulp and seeds also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including polyphenols.

It is said to be one of the healthiest fruits and helps protect against heart disease, promotes digestive health and supports the immune system, among many other benefits. It is also widely known for its anti-inflammatory effects, meaning that if you have been burned eating papayas on a regular basis will help you recover from those burns faster.

Other uses
As well as being a delicious nutritional fruit, papaya has other uses. If you wrap the leaves of the tree around a piece of meat and store it overnight in the fridge it will tenderize the meat.  It is also used in the cosmetic industry as a facial treatment and the locals will use the leaves as an effective antidote to fish poisoning. The little black seeds inside are sometimes used as a substitute for pepper when dried and ground.

Click here if you've missed the first edition of Dominican Super Fruits.

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