Fruits Glorious Fruits!

After having nasi lemak at Changi Village, my friend saw a fruit stall and said “Let’s get some fruits”.

I was struggling inside of me… The fruit vendor, an elderly man was a sweetie, rummaging through his fridge, opening up packets of pre-packed fruits for us to try but unfortunately, his fruits were not as pleasant as him. There was not much selections and we couldn’t give the darling old man more business. I felt bad.

I confided this dilemma to Andrew and asked, “What would you do in this situation?”

He said, “Buy bananas and get out quick! You can’t go wrong with bananas.”

Ah, the “take no prisoners” attitude, may not be what Andrew meant but self-inflicted emotional blackmail was at stake here! I supposed yes… I should buy only bananas from cute uncles and then run for my life! 😉

The next day, Andrew bought fruits from his regular vendor and gave me some.

“In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues. Fruits are the means by which these plants disseminate seeds. Many of them that bear edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship as a means for seed dispersal and nutrition, respectively; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food.” – Wikipedia

Fruits Grapes

The red/purple grapes were sweeter than the green/white ones which were slightly sour from the bunches given to me.

“Grapes are regarded in many cultures as “the queen of fruits,” since centuries. These tiny berries are the storehouse of numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients such as poly-phenolic antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Grapes are:
– rich in polyphenolic phytochemical compound Resveratrol, which is one of the powerful anti-oxidant which has been found to play a protective role against cancers of colon and prostate, coronary heart disease (CHD), degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease and viral/ fungal infections.

– contain Catechins, a type of flavonoid tannin group of anti-oxidants, found in the white/green varieties have also shown to possess these health-protective functions.

– very low in calories. 100 g fresh grapes just provide 69 calories but zero cholesterol levels.

– rich source of micronutrient minerals like copper, iron and manganese.

– good source of vitamin-C, vitamin A, vitamin K, carotenes, B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamin.”

Read more detailed information here: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/grapes.html

Fruits Strawberries

Not sure if these were Korean Strawberries but they were slightly more elongated than the fat sweet-with-tart-ending-notes ones we get from Melbourne’s strawberry farm.
The punnet I got had crisp, tender juicy bite and tasted luscious all the way.

“Strawberries are a member of the rose family, which is characterized by showy flowers with five separate petals. Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside.

Sweet, juicy Strawberries, with their vibrant red color, can brighten up the flavor and look of any meal. They are not only delicious, they are low in fat and calories, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, which protect the human body from cellular damage caused by free radicals.

Strawberries are loaded with phytonutrients, plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing, compounds, which have been shown to have health benefits. Phenolic compounds are complex organic molecules that a plant produces for protection against diseases and environmental elements. They are also responsible for a fruit’s color, flavor, and aroma.

Flavonoids are a type of phenol known to be potent antioxidants. They have also been shown in studies to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by inhibiting the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol”, improving blood vessel function, and decreasing the tendency for blood clotting. In addition, studies have shown that flavonoids decrease the inflammatory process in the body, which helps protect the heart.”

Read more detailed information here: http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/All-Star-Foods/Fruits/Article-Viewer/Article/206/Health-Benefits-of-Strawberries.aspx

Fruits Strawberries

There were 8 strawberries from the top layer of the punnet.
These were the remaining 7 from the bottom layer.
I have read somewhere that if the strawberries are too tart, one trick is to dust icing sugar on them and refrigerate overnight.
Well, I didn’t need to do this with the strawberries Andrew gave me and they were still delicious!

Here’s more reasons to eat these juicy heart-shaped delights…

10 Health Benefits of Strawberries:
– Helps burn stored fat.
– Boost short term memory.
– Low in Calories – High in Fiber.
– Ease Inflammation.
– Lower cardiovascular disease.
– Promote bone health.
– Prevent oesophageal cancer.
– Anti-aging properties.
– Good for weight loss.
– Promote eye health.

Read more detailed information here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-super-health-benefits-of-strawberries.html

Looks like I gotta go on a strawberry diet! 😀

Fruits Oranges

I don’t know the exact name but  judging from the leaves and shape of the fruits, these are likely Thai Tangerines or small Mandarins – they are about the size of a golf ball.

Fruits Oranges

Tangerines or Mandarins? Small Oranges to me!
The ones I had were almost seedless – only one or two segments had seeds.
They were nectarous and juicy (lucky me, as they may not be sweet all the time, depending on season).

“Tangerines are related varieties of oranges distinguished by loose, easily peeled skin (pericarp) and sweet juicy flesh (arils). They are also known as Mandarin oranges in Europe and Satsumas in Japan. Just as oranges, these too belong to the Rutaceae (citrus Family) and known scientifically as Citrus reticulata.

Oranges are:
– rich in dietary fiber, Pectin.

– an excellent source of vitamin C.

– contain a variety of phytochemicals. Hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin are flavonoids found in citrus fruits.

– contain very good levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein.

– very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates.

– contain a very good amount of minerals like potassium and calcium.

Citrus fruits, especially oranges, by virtue of their abundance in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, have many proven health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds in the citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber helps in cutting risk for cancers, chronic diseases like arthritis, obesity, and coronary heart diseases.”

Read more detailed information here: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/orange-fruit.html

Available from most fruit vendors in the wet/super markets around Singapore. The fun part about buying from a wet market vendor is personalised service – the hearty banter and free tastings before you decide which fruits to buy. Don’t say I bojio! 😉

Happy eating and bonding 😀

P.S. Again, I would like to highlight that I am NOT a doctor nor dietician and ALL health-related information is for your reading pleasure only. Please do your own due diligence, and especially so if you are suffering from any allergy or health issues. Benefits stated are potential only since I am not qualified to verify them.

Information on health benefits quoted here have been given direct links on the blockquotes above and all credits go to the respective owners of the articles/websites.

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This is the last post of the week as I will be traveling to Mount Bromo (an active volcano with last eruption on January 28, 2011) which is located about 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Indonesia. Have a great weekend ahead everyone! And if you’re out grocery shopping, don’t forget to stock up on fruits 😀

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8 Responses to “Fruits Glorious Fruits!”
  1. Love living in Florida, USA … Strawberries are in, citrus will be coming soon …
    grapes to follow… blueberries and etc. … we have local patches where we pick our own,
    Only a fool leaves a pick-your-own fruit patch hungry.
    Great post, thanks for the info …
    Love, hugs and sweet fruits … ME and the Boss

    • Sam Han says:

      Lol… It’s too bad we can’t own fruit patches here. Our weather also does not permit. Yes, it would be a shame not to pick from your own patch. Have a great day Michael 😀

  2. Food Esteem says:

    Normal looking fruits turned up looking like some yummy fruit in your pictures! 🙂

  3. yup, i used to purchased fruit and veggies even once i actually didn’t need it from a very old lady (more than 80-i think) who had a tiny stall
    that kind of person simply ask for a daily living, simply kept them away from being a beggar
    i guess tey should earn something, won’t be survived unless we kept buying their pruducts….
    that’s made you a better person Sam….

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    “Buy bananas and get out quick! You can’t go wrong with bananas.”
    Actually you can go wrong with bananas. 🙂 I say just spend $5 on anything and get out. 🙂

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