Plants continue to play an important role as the ultimate source of food, nutrients and biologically active molecules for humanity. They are essential for consumption, socio-cultural, nutritional and therapeutic purposes. These nature’s gifts contain several chemical compounds that are beneficial for the healthy metabolic functioning of our body systems. One of such nature’s gifts is […]
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Fleshy, juicy, sweet, soft, refreshing, nutritious and healthy are some of the words you hear the moment someone mentions the word “MELON”. Though not everyone has similar perception of this fruit as I’ve noticed that some melon cultivars are a bit bitter, tasteless, sour and not too captivating to eat. Interestingly, melon has been reported to be […]
Physalis is a nightshade plant of the family (Solanaceae) and also native of warm temperate and subtropical parts of the world including Africa, Asia, America and Europe. Physalis has a characteristics appearance of a small cherry tomato similar in shape, size and structure but fully enclosed in a papery husk obtained from the calyx (Chedea […]
According to Mohanapriya et., al. (2013), lemon is a vital medicinal plant of the family Rutaceae which originated from Asia. Lemon fruit otherwise known as (Citrus × limon) grows on small, thorny trees of 10 to 20 feet height. The leaves are dark green in colour and are alternately aligned on the stem. Lemon fruit […]
Persimmons are the edible fruits belonging to the genus Diospyros and the family Ebenaceae (Nazir et., al. 2013). They originated from China before spreading to other parts of the world where they are considered an exotic fruits. They are popularly known as Sharon fruits, named after the Sharon plain in Israel. The colour ranges from light yellow-orange to […]
Ananas comosus popularly known as pineapple is a tropical plant that consist of edible multiple fruit with coalesced berries. It belongs to the plant family of Bromeliaceae and is mostly cultivated from a crown by cutting of the fruit. The word “pineapple” was first used in 1398, when it was used to demonstrate the reproductive […]
Tomato is an edible fruit belonging to the nightshade family of Solanum lycopersicum. It originated from South American Andesbut its usage as food originated in Mexico before spreading to the other parts of the world. It is grown in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate areas. Ali et., al (2014) support that tomato is a rich source of […]
Pomegranate is botanically referred to as Punica granatum, a fruit-bearing deciduous tree growing between 5 to 8 meters. Pomegranate is widely believed to have originated from Iran since ancient times.Presently, it is widely cultivated all over the Mediterranean region of southern Europe, the Middle East and Caucasus region, Asia, northern and tropical Africa. It was […]
Mango is an edible juicy fruit of the genus Mangifera and of the family Anacardiaceae, with many tropical fruiting trees planted. According to Ravindra & Goswami (2013) mango fruit originated from Asia before it was distributed to other parts of the world. The fruit is sweet, although the texture and taste depends on the cultivars […]
Coconut water is the clear liquid in a coconut and has been a popular drink in the tropical region such as Brazil, Southeast Asia,the Caribbean, India and Africa. It can be served fresh, tinned, canned, chilled or packaged. Recently, coconut water has been marketed as an energy or sports drink because of its high potassium […]
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