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