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BANANA

banana

If ten or more bananas grow on a single stem they are known as a hand. Single bananas, are called fingers.
Bananas don't grow on trees, they are really plants. A banana plant will only produce bananas one time.
Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem.

CARAMBOLA

carambola

Starfruit is the new drink of choice for many college students because it is said to help cure hangovers.
Carambola is used to polish and clean metals for centuries due to the acidity of its fruit juice.
When dried out, the carambola is given to patients to counteract fevers.

CASHEW APPLES

cashewnuts

Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac.
The main use of cashew apple is as a snack. But many innovative food companies are discovering cashews as an ingredient.
Cashew Flour and Pasteare used in many asian sweets, gravies and fancy Marzipans.

FRUIT GRANOLA

Fruit Granola

Granola was originally called Granula and was made in 1894 in New York at the Jackson Sanatorium.
The name was changed by Kellogg cereals to Granola to avoid legal problems with Jackson.
Granola was revived by the "hippie" health food movement in the 1960's and finally, today granola has gone mainstream.

JACK FRUIT

jackfruit

The jackfruit is the largest of all tree-borne fruits reported to have reached up to 150 pounds.
Jackfruit trees produce a latex used to make birdlime to catch small birds.
Jackfruit trees are hermaphroditic and self propogate from the male and female flowers.

JAMAICA

jamaica

The Jamaica plant, also called the Roselle, is one species out of many different Hibiscus plants.
The name Hibiscus comes from hibiskos, the old Greek name for the common marsh mallow.
The plant itself is correctly called "Flor de Jamaica" since the name Hibiscus was not known when it started catching on.

MALAY APPLE

malay apple

Treatment for high blood pressure, inflammation, as an antimicrobial, diuretic, and carminative.
Malay apples have high antioxidants and polyphenols known to combat inflammation.
Fragrant like a rose when ripe, they quit ripening once pulled from the tree.

MAMEY

mamey

Sapotes including the Mamey are credited with sustaining Cortez and his army in their historic march from Mexico City to Honduras.
Other important fruits in this same family are the Caimito or Star Apple, Sapodilla, Canistel, Abiu and the Miracle Fruit.

MANGOES

mango

A Mango is distantly related to the cashew and pistachio.
Mangoes are thought to help stop bleeding, to strengthen the heart, and to benefit the brain.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of mangoes.

MANGOSTEEN

mangosteen

It takes up ten years of cultivation before a Mangosteen Tree can bare it's Fantastic tasting Fruit.
The fruit contains 7 to 14% catechin tannin and rosin,used for tanning leather in China.
Mangosteen twigs are used as chewsticks in Ghana.It also yields a black dye.

PAPAYA

papaya

Papayas contain enzymes that soften and heal the skin.
The enzymes in these fruits scrap free-radical damage and relieves age spots and fine lines .
They also purify the skin by dissolving dead cells from the skinís surface.

PINEAPPLE

pineapple

Pineapple contains the enzymes, are soften that helps in healing of many skin diseases .
The enzymes in these fruits scrap free-radical damage and are known to relieve age spots and fine lines .
Pineapple also helps to purify the skin by dissolving all the dead cells from the skinís surface.

SAPOTE

sapote

Sapote is rich in dietary fiber that makes it good laxative.
The fiber content helps to relieve constipation protects the mucous membrane of the colon from cancer .
Paste made from the sapote seeds can be applied to stings and bites, and the juice from the seeds has antihistamine qualities.

WAX APPLE

waxapple

Identical in appearance to the Malay Apple, it is a close relative.
The Skin tanin of this fruits contain saponin.
The fruit are usually sold fresh, used in making jams and jellies, or canned.

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