Avocado, Pistachio, Oregano, Artichoke, Have you Ever Tried These?
The avocado: fruit or vegetable?
Family of the: Lauraceae
Common name of the plant: Avocado
Scientific name of the plant: Persea Americana/ PerseaGratissima
Nativity and Places of Growth: The plant is native to Latin-American country of Mexico. It is grown all over the world yet is mostly spread along tropical and Mediterranean regions.
The ground they grow in must have low levels of salinity in them, and it must also be more than a meter deep, preferably soft soil too. Apart from being planted in tropical areas the avocado is also planted in colder climates. These areas range from places like the United States and southern Asian countries, specifically the State of California and Indonesia.
The tree grows to be up to 60 feet in height and its leaves are arranged in no specific order around the tree. The avocados can grow to be up to 8 inches long and most of the time weighs a little over two pounds. The flowers of the avocado tree are extremely small and are tinged with a yellow to green color. The tree’s leaves are around 8 inches in length. The avocado’s inside contains a large seed and it has a mass that goes from green to yellow. The fruit is also very rich in carbohydrates, fats, dietary fiber, water, vitamins C, E and K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and even potassium.
Making Your Own Avocado Face Mask
The avocado is used to make all sorts of dishes, those being salads, desserts and meals and we must not forget to mention beverages. It is used to make dishes like the famous guacamole and it is also used to aid people with many common health ailments. It has been used to treat hair loss and to cleanse your face of any impurities that may be affecting you.
For both hair and face, there are slightly different procedures but mostly consist of smashing the avocado while it is ripe and turning it into a paste, then applying it to the area. For hair, leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes. After that time is up, rinse with as much water as needed. This will leave your hair shinny and provide it with vitamins. For your face take the paste and combine it with Oatmeal, Aloe Vera or Honey. Apply that to your face and relax for 15 minutes with this delicious mask, and when the time is up rinse with water. Your face will be treated with the vitamins that the avocado supplies leaving it soft and free of impurities.
The healing and culinary uses of the pistachio
Family of the: anacardiaceae
Common name of the plant: Pistachio
Scientific name: Pistacia Vera
Where it grows: the pistachio plant grows all over Europe skipping only a few countries. It also grows in the Middle East and in the United States, specifically in California.
The pistachio, a nut, grows on a 30 foot tall tree with leaves that grow up to 20 centimeters in length and these leaves fall of when reaching maturity. The tree bears around 50 kilograms of nuts every two years. When ripe the seeds split open and emit a very distinctive pop. The seeds have a variety of culinary and medicinal uses which we will explain in the next section.
Top 5 Benefits Of Pistachios
The pistachio has a variety of uses and when used for medical properties the pistachio is excellent to reduce fats and it is rich in carbohydrates and dietary fibers. It is a good source of vitamin E, protein, fats and minerals, being a great source of energy. It is a source phyto-nutrient: Carotene, Crypto-xanthin, and Lutein-zeaxanthin.
The pistachios are also used to help people reduce the amount of food they are eating and increasing plasma levels in a small number of essential elements in the body. All these benefits can be gained by eating the raw seed. Another way to consume this seed is roasting and crushing it, then sprinkling them on a salad. Aside from all of these uses, pistachio's oil is known to be one of the healthiest cooking oils.
The healing powers of the artichoke
Family of the: Astaraceae
Common name of the plant: Artichoke
Scientific name of the plant: CynaraCardunculus
Where the artichoke plant usually grows: it is native to the Mediterranean region specifically around southern Europe.
The plant grows a little over 2 meters in height and it has ovate leaves that can grow to be up to 30 inches in length. The floret sits on a bud (the edible part of the plant) and these have a purplish to pinkish color. The artichoke is considered a thistle and it is cannot be eaten when it is past a certain level of maturity.
The artichoke can be mainly found in the cuisine as a vegetable but also has nutrients and vitamins essential to the body. It is used to cook, the production of liquor and the production of tea. We must not forget to mention that the artichoke also has healing properties. It has high levels of antioxidants and carbohydrates. One of its elements the cynarin is responsible for the increase of the production of bile. The artichoke is also consumed for its diuretic properties and to aid people with high levels of cholesterol.
The oregano not just in your food but in your health
Family of the: Lamiaceae
Common name: Oregano
Scientific name: OriganumVulgare
Where the Oregano plant grows: in warm areas, but it is native to the Eurasia and the Mediterranean.
The oregano plant is slender and somewhat small growing only a mere foot in height. The plant resembles a bush and is part of the mint family. The leaves are evergreen and have a bright green color. The plant has white flowers which bees and other pollinating creatures love to sniff. The oregano is an angiosperm and it is usually used as a spice to condiment foods.
The oregano is used mostly as a culinary spice. It is consumed in many dishes thanks to its aroma and its somewhat dry and mild bitter taste. It is also a very popular ingredient in salad dressings and it can always be found in most Italian dishes, especially pasta.Not all the dishes can be cooked using oregano though, but when cooking fried fish this is the one ingredient you won't leave out. Also, if you make creamy beans, half of a teaspoon of oregano powder is going to make it taste perfect. For the preparation of meat stews, such as pork and beef this is also recommended too.
The oregano also has healing properties that include antioxidants and antimicrobials. In ancient times the oregano leaves were used to treat sore throats and to heal problems in the digestive and respiratory systems. The tea of this plant is used to alleviate the heartburn and indigestion.
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