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Tropical Cooking with Travel Man: 1st Dessert - Healthy Raw Foods

Updated on April 16, 2011

Eating fresh fruits can bring important benefits in our body. It gives us the proper nutrients we needed and cleanse our body from toxic materials.

Most fruits are eaten raw, so, we must choose those products that are grown organically, meaning without the use of chemicals that are harmful to humans.

In tropical countries, like the Philippines, fruits are abundant here. Here in our place, we never run out of ripe banana each week. This summer time, star apples are already ripened; Indian mangoes are also bearing fruits now.

Some available fruits, locally, are turnips, guavas, avocados, papaya and pineapple. Imported fruits are apples, pears, kiwis and oranges.

Exotic fruits like durian are available mostly in Mindanao.

Children are encourage to eat fruits in order to avoid constipation or difficulty in bowel movement.

Eating  fruits will make us feel younger and refreshed due to its benefits.

Fresh fruits also mean fresh breath

Let's prepare these tropical fruits.

Tropical Mango Appetizer

You'll need:

1/2 ripe papaya slices,

1 half-ripe mango in strips, too

6 cherry tomatoes or 2 regular tomatoes, cubed


4 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons honey

1 or 2 ripe hot pepper (labuyo)

1 small whole onion, grated

1/4 cloves garlic, grated

1. Mix the dressing.
2. Sprinkle into prepared plate of ripe papaya slices, half-ripened mango strips and cubed tomatoes

The remaining fruits can be prepared as dessert.

Fruit Dessert ala Travel Man:

1 whole apple, diced and merged in water with little salt to avoid darkening
1/2 ripe papaya, cubed
1 whole mango, cubed

2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon mint leaves, chopped finely

Papaya in my backyard (Photo by Travel Man)
Papaya in my backyard (Photo by Travel Man)
Sweet, succulent Mangoes
Sweet, succulent Mangoes
Red, crunchy Washington Apple
Red, crunchy Washington Apple

Nutritional Values

I am giving emphasis on the three fruits used as base for the preparation of the tropical  fruits dessert.

Apple is now grown at the northern part of the country, in Baguio city, although the production  still cannot meet the needs of the consumers, locally.

Fruits keep most of the nutrients of its trees. So here I am, giving you some information about the composition of these three fruits.

  1. Mango - are most abundant during summer.  Kids always request me for some Indian mangoes. Anyways, mango is rich in amino acids, vitamin C and E, flavanoids, beta carotene, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

  2. Apple - This term is very popular among us: "A apple a day keeps the doctor away". Eating apples help  reduce blood cholesterol, improve bowel function, reduce risk of stroke, prostate cancer, Type II diabetes and asthma. This is due to the fibre and phytonutrients present in the apples.

  3. Papaya - is dubbed as Power Fruit. Not only delicious, it also contains abundant health benefits and medicinal value. Papaya contains natural fiber, carotene, vitamin C and essential minerals. Papayas also contain enzymes like arginine ( for male fertility) and carpain (for the heart).


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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Fluffy77:Thanks for the hub-visit. You can have your dessert, now. LOL!

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      Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Yummy, you made me hungry now. Very useful and informative, thanks for the great recipes!


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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You bet! You're so right, sailor. Fruits are cleansing agent, inside and out our body.

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      I like fresh fruits. It eases bowel movement and cleanses my colon and freshens my breath, too.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @leogurl: Thanks for the trust.Fruits can loose you're weight without sacrificing the nutrients needed by your body.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @crystolite:You should try the appetizer and the dessert.

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      leogurl 7 years ago

      Very interesting and pretty cool refreshingly summer diet. I am reducing my food intake nowadays, it really sounds pretty good as it suitable for me to able to maintain my right weight.

      Thanks, you give me an idea what to add on my diet lists Mr Travel man.

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Sounds useful and very informative.Thanks for sharing.