A BETTER TOMATO – RED OR YELLOW?

A BETTER TOMATO – RED OR YELLOW?

There are some things in life that are Black-Or-White; things proven beyond a shadow of doubt to either be or not be, no maybe. Such things are regarded as universal truths: facts that hold firm regardless of who you are, whom you may think yourself to be, which country you’re in, or whether you’re intoxicated or not. The point is you don’t matter in this. One just doesn’t mess around, such as trying to put gravity to the test by jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet without a parachute. If you don’t have a chute that works, gravity will certainly do its job!   But I’m very glad that most other things in life are not black-or-white. I’m not talking about grey areas, like arguing the technicalities that get criminals off the hook as we see on TV lawyer shows, or discussing the meaning of life. I’m simply appreciating all the colours that surround us daily in the world, in such abundant splendour that helps us enjoy our lives that much better and more.   For this week’s blog, I’m focusing on the colours red and yellow, and with particular reference to a very common – and nutritiously yummy – thing: tomatoes.   This week’s article bagan a couple of months ago as a tiny seed of a question in my mind: red and yellow tomatoes look lovely, and both are especially beautiful when presented on the vine. But is there a difference between them, and if so, what? And also which is better? Finally earlier this week, my research began.   Where red and yellow tomatoes...
STARFRUIT – PRINTABLE ART AND VITAMIN C ALL-STAR

STARFRUIT – PRINTABLE ART AND VITAMIN C ALL-STAR

I remember as a kid in primary school, we had art lessons using cut vegetables and fruits dipped in paint to make colourful prints. Art lessons in schools these days may be more high-tech, but back in the day we worked more with our hands and with common everyday things we had at home that we were told to bring to class. And it was lots of fun. In particular, I remember using cross-sections of starfruit to make star-shaped prints. I also remember thinking what a shame it was that after art class the teacher wouldn’t allow us to eat those nice colourful pieces of starfruit.   Such a shame really, because ripe starfruit is sweet, juicy, refreshing, and would have been a perfect treat on those hot school days when the classroom fans sometimes didn’t work. This versatile fruit can be easily sliced and eaten, juiced, or cut into small pieces and tossed with salads. Unripe tart-tasting starfruit can be cooked with meat, poultry and seafood dishes. Apart from an added zing in taste, visually such dishes are notched up a level of delight and appeal when served: dinner guests literally see stars!   More than being just delicious, starfruit is loaded with vitamin C – a single fruit can provide 76%DV (ie. daily value) of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps our bodies fight off cancer-causing free radicals, as well as boost our immune system against flu, colds, and infections. Studies have shown that diets rich in vitamin C reduce the chances of falling ill to these common maladies by as much as...
THE FRUIT OF THE ANGELS

THE FRUIT OF THE ANGELS

It’s said that Christopher Columbus called papaya the “fruit of the angels”. Well that’s not too hard to believe. The massive amount of vitamin C in a single papaya fruit could imaginably lead to one having an acute case of longevity. And everyone knows that angels are immortal (or at least they last a darn long time!). So it looks like clever old Chris put two and two together, easey-peasey lemon-squeezie!   Here’s the simple math: each gramme of papaya provides roughly 1%DV (ie. daily value, the amount of that nutrient we need each day) of vitamin C, so if you were to eat a medium sized papaya weighing 300-grammes, you would have also imbibed about 300%DV of vitamin C. No worries about over-dosing, because our bodies don’t store vitamin C. What is not used that day is passed out of our system, and each new day we need to consume enough of it through the food we eat, mainly vegetables and fruits.   What’s vitamin C good for? Short of immortality, nearly everything else! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects us against cancer-causing free radicals, boosts our immune system, and is a great infection-fighter to ward off the flu, cold and other common maladies. Our bodies also need vitamin C for the natural production of collagen which is important for healthy joints and skin (you can’t ingest collagen supplements to boost collagen levels because our bodies won’t absorb it and it’ll just be passed out as expensive waste).   Besides vitamin C, papaya is an excellent source of vitamin A, folic acid, potassium and dietary fibre....