TAG: Fruits

Food Straight From The Trash

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Growing fruits and vegetables from seeds is one way to grow your own, but another way to cultivate your own plants can be done with the parts of food that is normally thrown away. This process is simple and can definitely extend a grocery budget, as applying this economical way of gardening utilizes all of the plant. DIY-n-Crafts has a resource guide and instructions on how to grow 25 different foods from scraps. Consider the climate and indoor temperature when choosing which items to grow. Ideas for produce that grows well this way are fruits and vegetables like pineapples, avocados, carrots,… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

Turning Peels Into Tasty Seasoning

Peelpride Turns Waste Peels Into Tasty Seasoning

Dutch designers are so resourceful and clever. Maybe because they live in a small country or maybe because they have the best designs universities, including the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Two years ago, Rianne Koens graduated from the prestigious university in Eindhoven, with a project that makes good use from food waste using dry peels for creating seasoning. It all started when Koens noticed that fruit skins are full of flavor and tossing them away was really, a waste. So she thought on a clever way of processing the natural material creating a set of kitchen elements for peeling, drying,… read more

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

A lot of focus on the food production and farming industries may seem to concentrate on genetically modified foods. However, some plant breeders are working to also bring focus to an age old way of growing premier foods, without using any genetically induced alterations. Rapid genetic analysis, or sometimes referred to as marker-assisted breeding, uses conventional farming techniques and plant breeding with quick ways of identifying alleles and DNA markers and how they are structured. Combining the more traditional forms of farming along with these processes can produce crops with more flavor and color, as well as a more appealing presence and shape. It… read more

Window Farming

Window farms

Window farming is a new movement among urbanites who want to grow their own food but lack outdoor space. Many people living in city centers would love to grow fresh produce but don’t have access to a garden or even a paved outside space where they could place containers. Window farms, which are space-efficient indoor hydroponic growing systems, enable city dwellers to turn their sunny windows into productive food gardens. Window farm plants grow in vertical columns of containers that hang from a pole at the top of a window. There are stylish window farm kits available for sale, though… read more

Growing Your Own Stone Fruit Is Easy

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Fruits with pits are also known as drupes or stone fruits. A drupe is a fruit with a hard stone or pit inside and contains a “fleshy” outer skin. This includes cherries, plums, peaches, dates, mangoes and apricots. Some berries are also drupes, such as raspberries and blackberries. You  needn’t perform acupuncture, poking and prodding the pits of fruit to encourage new plants to grow. Instead, embed them in a nutrient-dense bed of compost or humus. Not the dip that you find smeared on pita bread. Rather the rich, outermost layer of healthy soil. Results may vary depending on which… read more

Tips For Buying Organic

Tips For Buying Organic

There are many reasons to buy organic food, however it can drastically dent a hole in your wallet. The pesticides commonly sprayed on foods are a worry and organics just taste better! But, there are ways to eat organic and save money. You just need to know what you should definitely buy organic, because of the foods’ susceptibility to pesticides and those that are resistant. Non-Organic Bananas – pesticides stay on the outer skin Avocado – the thick skin protects the flesh Onions – they don’t see as many pest threats, which means less pesticide use Pineapple – it has… read more

High-End Designs Using Fruits and Soil

Designs Using Fruits and Soil

Designers may often find inspiration in unexpected places. Applying intricate concepts to produce works of art using the simplest of mediums requires a skillful balance. The following are a few examples that mix remarkable design with basic means to produce upscale interior pieces. Robert Dziura creates incredible lampshades made from gourds. Gourds are a fruit originally grown in Africa that have hard exterior coverings. In search of a do it yourself design to replicate an eye-catching piece, Dziura turned to an inexpensive but effective medium to make a lightshade. Once the gourds are dried he drills them, forming patterns along… read more

Potassium Packs A Punch

Potassium Packs A Punch

Potassium is needed to build muscle, use carbohydrates effectively, and facilitate normal body growth. It’s critical for muscle control, blood pressure regulation, and nerve function, and it may play a role in the prevention of a variety of illnesses. There is evidence that not getting sufficient dietary potassium in relation to sodium may trigger high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Severe potassium deficiency is uncommon, though it can be caused by poor control of diabetes, very low-calorie diets, overuse of certain laxatives or diuretics (including caffeine), some medications, intense exercise, alcoholism, and severe vomiting or diarrhea. However,… read more

Eating A Rainbow

Eating A Rainbow

Health-promoting antioxidants called anthocyanins give certain foods their blue, violet, or reddish-purple coloring. Evidence suggests that eating purple and blue fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, gum disease, stomach ulcers, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, urinary tract infections, age-related memory loss, and obesity. Choosing blue and purple foods may provide other benefits as well. For example, research has shown that blue corn chips are higher in protein and lower in starch than white corn chips, and they also have a lower glycemic index, which means that they may be better for those with diabetes and dieters…. read more