Thursday, September 22, 2011

Name That Fruit (and a smoothie recipe)

Can You Name This Fruit?
(answer below)

Not to confuse you with the picture of my smoothie, it does not contain this mystery fruit, I just thought they looked really cool alongside the glass.
Easy As 1, 2, 3 Smoothie

This smoothie is so refreshing and so good for you. Filled with chlorophyll and sweet goodness.


1/4 of a ripe honeydew melon
1/2 bunch of flat leaf parsley
1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Answer to the mystery fruit question: It is the fruit of the tree Annona reticulata. Does that help?
If I were in India eating this fruit I would be considered lower class but in Central America, Mexico and the West Indies it is enjoyed by all! Here is some more important and useful information:

The seeds are so hard that they may be swallowed whole with no ill effects but the kernels are very toxic. The seeds, leaves and young fruits are insecticidal. The leaf juice kills lice. The bark contains 0.12% anonaine. Injection of an extract from the bark caused paralysis in a rear limb of an experimental toad. Sap from cut branches is acrid and irritant and can severely injure the eyes. The root bark has yielded 3 alkaloids: anonaine, liriodenine and reticuline (muricinine).

Other Uses
The leaves have been employed in tanning and they yield a blue or black dye. A fiber derived from the young twigs is superior to the bark fiber from Annona squamosa. Custard apple wood is yellow, rather soft, fibrous but durable, moderately close-grained, with a specific gravity of 0.650. It has been used to make yokes for oxen.

Medicinal Uses:
The leaf decoction is given as a vermifugedecoction is taken as a tonic and also as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. In severe cases, the leaves, bark and green fruits are all boiled together for 5 minutes in a liter of water to make an exceedingly potent decoction. Fragments of the root bark are packed around the gums to relieve toothache. The root decoction is taken as a febrifuge.
From a nutritional standpoint this fruit has the following:

Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion*

Moisture68.3-80.1 g
Protein1.17-2.47 g
Fat0.5-0.6 g
Carbohydrates20-25.2 g
Crude Fiber0.9-6.6 g
Ash0.5-1.11 g
Calcium17.6-27 mg
Phosphorus14.7-32.1 mg
Iron0.42-1.14 mg
Carotene0.007-0.018 mg
Thiamine0.075-0.119 mg
Riboflavin0.086-0.175 mg
Niacin0.528-1.190 m
Ascorbic Acid15.0-44.4 mg
Nicotinic Acid0.5 mg
*Minimum and maximum levels of constituents from analyses made in Central America, Philippines and elsewhere.
 So what is this mystery fruit?
It is the Custard Apple.
I happen to think it is wonderful. But it is best eaten in privacy due to the messy way in which I eat them. It is LOADED with seeds!! As I may have posted before, you eat the fruit by scooping it out with a spoon, sucking the flesh off the seeds, spitting them out and then scooping all of the soft custard from the insides of the skins--yummy! I eat 4-5 at a time.
So where did I get these amazing fruits? From my friends backyard. Thanks "R".

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a great bike ride. I biked about 5 miles last night and it was the best escape. I cycled alongside the water and watched the sun as it began to set. I take it for granted that I live in paradise; I really need to remind myself to be grateful each and everyday for this natural beauty that we are surrounded by. Everyday is like a vacation--just with real life thrown in; meaning the daily grind--but I am grateful for the grind, don't get me wrong.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Famous Pineapple Mango Salsa from CHI

Creative Health Institute has some mighty amazing raw recipes, as I posted about in my last entry, and this one is at the top of my favorites list! The combination of pineapple and mango with a hint of heat (I added red pepper flakes) is amazing served in a creamy, ripe, avocado boat. And of course it would be fantastic served with some raw corn chips--wish I had some!
Famous Pineapple Mango Salsa
from Creative Health Institute

2 C diced raw pineapple
2 C diced, organic, raw mango
1/4  organic red bell pepper
1/4 organic orange bell pepper
1/4 organic red onion, diced
1/4 C fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 organic limes, juiced (I used key limes from our tree)
S and P to taste (I omitted)
**I added a good sized pinch of red pepper flakes
Stir together all ingredients, pour into a serving dish. Enjoy!
I served mine on a bed of salad inside avocado boats and drizzled the juices over the salad greens as my dressing. As I was eating this dinner I couldn't help but think it was good enough to be served at a raw restaurant! This is so delicious and I highly recommend you give it a try. Thanks CHI for all of your wonderful recipes. 

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a bucket full of fresh picked "Mystery Fruit"--I picked them myself; thanks to a dear friend who invited me to!! All the details will be in my next post.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Raw Sprouted Chili


I just love the "meaty" taste of portobello mushrooms and I knew they could make an amazing raw chili. I began combining a salsa recipe with my idea of a raw sprouted chili and the result was this:

by Elizabeth at

2 large, organic, portobello caps, finely chopped
2 organic tomatoes, diced
1/2 a sweet onion, diced
1 T First Cold Pressed Olive Oil (optional)
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
1 organic cucumber, finely diced
1 organic carrot, very finely diced
1/2 C sprouted lentils
1/4 C sprouts (broccoli, clover, or alfalfa)
1/2 C organic corn, cut off cob (raw)
1 T chili powder (less for mild chili)
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 T cumin
2 T sun dried tomatoes, diced
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 C fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, pressed

Directions: Simply combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently toss until incorporated evenly. Serve and enjoy! Keeps refrigerated one day.

I topped mine with a dollop of Poppy Seed Dressing. I learned how to make this amazing dressing at my Raw Chef Training at CHI. If you want some inspiration to incorporate more raw living foods into your lifestyle or if you are in a raw recipe rut, go here for some inspiration!!

+JMJ+Today I am grateful for a day of nature exploring with all 5 children. We observed a turtle, black racer snake who shed his skin on our front porch, several anoles, LARGE grasshoppers, tadpoles and butterflies. Quite a day!

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