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Monday, August 13, 2012

The Fruits of our Labor - 2012 (Harvests #2)


"There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday in our country living."


PEACH TREES


NECTARINE TREES


PEACHES AND NECTARINES
The Great Gardener bought only two of each kind of grafted peach and nectarine trees last spring of year 2011.  They survived the winter season last year and we were able to gather some fruits when it bloomed this year.  Peach fruit  is rich in *niacin, thiamine, potassium, and calcium.  It is also high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy heart and eyes.  It also helps in maintaining healthy urinary and digestive functions.  I save every seeds I eat of this fruit. 

The nectarine fruit contains *potassium and fiber both of which are important to good health.  Its fiber helps in cleansing the colon and maintains colon health.  It is also a powerful source of antioxidants which fight free radicals in the cells and are also converted into Vitamin A in our body.  Because of its bright yellow, orange, and red colors,  it is a good source of bioflavonoids and carotenoids which help fight cancer and other diseases.  We love eating these fruits.

                                        http://www.gardeningchannel.com/health-benefits-of-nectarine/

Please see Mom’s Oven for a recipe:
Peach Cobbler
                          Peach Cream Cheese Pie


 PLUM TREE
Plums are delicious, sweet-sour type of fruit and this year is my first time to eat every fruits I can get. One thing I regret now that I failed to do--  to take a picture of the harvests.   The tree on the right is the  plum tree, while the other on the left is a myrtle tree. I never thought I would have any idea of making a blog in the future.  Its fruit production didn't last longer than the nectarines and peaches.  In spite of not having its picture,  I still like to give this very special tree a recognition in this section for the wonderful health benefits it has given us.  They are good sources of *Vitamin C, beta carotene, and Vitamin A which is essential for vision, skin, and known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.  They are low in calories and contain no saturated fats.   They are also rich in minerals like potassium, fluoride, iron, and Vitamin B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, Vitamin B-6, and pantothenic acid.  It also contains dietary fiber, sorbitol, and isatin which are known to help regulate digestive functions. 





FIG TREE


FIGS
This is our first time to harvest fig fruits after so many years that it was planted. The Great Gardener said that this fig tree was transplanted twice. He had to put fertilizer stakes around it in those years. When its skin color turns reddish, figs are ready for harvest. We just harvested these figs yesterday and they are the sweetest among any other fruits in the garden. It's worth waiting for the tree to bear fruits. It contains *calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium, and zinc. They are also an excellent sources of Vitamins A, E, K, and B-complex.  It also contains chlorogenic acid that helps lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose level in type II diabetes mellitus. We love to eat fresh figs during our breakfast. I think it would be a good idea to make a fig jam or bread. 




Please see Mom’s Oven for some recipes:
         How to make a Fig Jam

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