Nature is our all-natural source not only of food, but also of medical supplements and art decors. That lovely basket of fruits you have there on your table? They’re actually more than just eye candy or some decoration slash dessert. For all you know, those fruits that you hoard everytime you go to the supermarket can’t only pacify a growling stomach, it can also cure the common colds, help fight bad cancer cells and ta-dah, be turned into original and unique home decors. Yes, that fruit tree in your grandmother’s backyard may prove to be more than just a source of shade. Still skeptical?
A fruit tree, we tell you, doesn’t only bear fruits that provide you with the much needed nutrition and calories. There are some amazing tree species whose fruit and tree parts have multiple uses. The next time you get that fruit basket from your favorite fruit stand, don’t go searching for fruit recipes yet and concoct that fabuloso fruit salad because while that pineapple would go perfectly with your stew according to your recipes and cooking book, it might also help cure your acne!
In tropical countries, they call the coconut the king of fruits or the tree of life. Why shouldn’t they? They use every part of it; nothing goes to waste. During the hot summer months, the juice is the perfect thirst-quenching drink. Coconut juice is said to eliminate waste and toxins from the body. It fights infections and aids in digestion. The fruit’s white flesh can be mixed with some milk and ice for a healthy snack. You can lose weight by saying no to cakes and ice cream and just snack on yummy coconuts! What are carbohydrates compared to this creamy gift from the heavens. It can also be blended with milk and some sugar and what do you have there, a smoothie! On the other hand, the coconut’s shell is used to make a variety of things from bowls to accessories to décor. Accessories-designers cut the shell into various shapes and sizes, sometimes repaint it, and come up with cool necklaces, bangles or earrings. Aside from that, coconut shells can also be used to accentuate an otherwise boring bag. The fruit of the coconut tree isn’t the only useful part of the tree. Its leaves are utilized as roofing material for houses and its trunk is used to build furniture and shelter. Aside from these, oil from coconuts is extracted and used to condition the hair. The oil is also used to fight skin diseases. Do fruit trees get any more useful than that?
Ah, the prickly, spindly fruit that screams the tropics. Its flesh is bright yellow or orangey, and its flavor is lush and exotic. People mix it into their meat and fish dishes or make desserts out of it (Pineapple upside down cake, anyone?) Eaten fresh, it provides the body with manganese which helps in tissue repair and bone strengthening. It also has fiber and is good for colds and cough. When drank its juice on a regular basis, it lessens one’s bouts with sinusitis. During the winter or the rainy season, zap the sniffles with a cupful of pineapples or a glass of its juice. It’s high in vitamin C and you can kiss your colds goodbye. Beauty enthusiasts also swear about the skin-clearing power of pineapples. Pineapples are rich in the enzyme bromeliad which helps in keeping the skin clear and youthful. Mix some crushed pineapples with either honey or olive oil and you’ve got an inexpensive and home-made facial mask. Just be sure you throw the excess mixture away lest your two-year old finds it intriguing and stuff everything into his mouth.
To-mah-to, to-may-to. However you pronounce it, its benefits are undeniable. And yes, it is a fruit and not a vegetable. It contains an antioxidant called lycopene that battles cancer cell formation. Wow! Imagine that. Tomatoes are largely used in pasta sauces and ketchup. It’s also a healthier drink option compared to sodas and caffeinated teas. Drink its juice then reap its benefits. Studies also show that it is equally nutriciously fresh as it is in other forms. See, it even encourages you to play around with it where your preparation of it is concerned! They say it also contributes to clear, glowing skin. Evidence of that is a popular skincare brand’s Garden Tomato toner which really tames acne and other skin problems. So make sure you have a healthy handful of tomatoes when you fill your weekly fruit baskets. And again, if your daughter asks you an example of what is a fruit, you may confidently answer, to-mah-to!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. How can we talk about the nutritional and dietary benefits of the apple without quoting that famous line? Its truth rings loud and clear. While the apple tree has been condemned because of course, who doesn’t know about the forbidden fruit story, apples contain enzymes that give you clearer skin. Its also high in fiber and it reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease. If you’re having a hard time making your children eat fruits, bake some apple pie and tuck a slice or two into their lunch kits. Aside from the mouthwatering dishes you can make with apples (think apple pie, apple pecan pie, apple and chicken salad), a lot rave about how this fruit can help alleviate loose bowel movement. Our apologies if you’re eating. If your kids have tummyache, slice an apple and let it be exposed to air for a few minutes. Once it has turned brownish, feed it to your little ones as it helps regulate the stomach’s condition. Some adults take apple cider vinegar when they have stomachache as well.
The potassium in bananas can be considered as the magic in the wand. Potassium helps ensure the optimum condition of our bones and muscles. It helps with ulcers and blood pressure. Moreover, the fiber in this yellow fruit helps with constipation and anemia. And get this, bananas can also be used for minor burns. You’re supposed to just mash the insides of a banana and wrap it with cloth. After that, you can place it directly onto the wound and it will lessen the pain. We didn’t know that! In tropical countries, banana leaves play a big part in food decoration. The fan-like quality of the leaves makes it very conducive to be used as plates while dining alfresco by the beach. You get to save on dishwashing soap, and unlike styrofor or disposable plates, banana leaves won’t harm the environment as it is completely biodegradable. Banana trunks, on the other hand, can be made into balsas, makeshift bancas, which people use during strong floods and rains. Or if your place doesn’t get flooded, try putting together one and have your children enjoy the time of their life riding the waves in the beach, tropical-country style.
Who doesn’t love blueberry cheesecake? Now there’s more reason to load up on this yummy dessert because blueberries – the star of this baked product – has a lot of amazing health benefits. It helps with urinary tract infections as it’s a bacteria killer. It also has antioxidants which help with aging. Who doesn’t want to age gracefully? After all, they say 30 is the new 40 and 20 is the new 30. Plus, they say blueberries help with the sex drive of men by stimulating blood flow to that part of the body. If that’s the case, then that’s what we call a true aphrodisiac. Beat that, oysters!
There you have it. Just 6 out of the many fruits out there which don’t only give us the much needed nutrients our bodies need, but also work in other amazing ways. So now that you know which fruits have more uses than one, maybe it’s high time to do some backyard tree planting. What you know about fruit, or fruits for this matter, might save your skin from getting populated by acnes and whiteheads, regulate your stomach and get you more action in the bedroom.