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Fruits are very valuable foods because they contain a large amount of water that replaces the water lost through sweat and excretion by the body.
Additionally, fruits contain sugar that provides energy, vitamins and minerals, which prevent illness. Fruits also contains cellulose, the fibrous portion of fruits, which prevents constipation and thus maintains the body's healthy.
Fresh fruits can be found the entire year and may be purchased fairly cheaply or may be grown in the garden. Fruits are cheapest and at their best when in season. Local fruits are inexpensive, plus they are nutritious as the imported fruits.
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One such fruit is pineapple that is very nutritious and should be included in the daily diet.
A pineapple must have skin and eyes removed before cutting it into wedges or slices. Rub a bit of salt on each piece, wash off the excess salt and chill the slices prior to serving.
Rambutans and mangosteens are best served with half of their skin removed. Arrange them beautifully on a plate with their white flesh kept uppermost. Many people like to skin rambutans, chill them prior to consuming them.
Chikoo, bananas, mangoes, etc, along with other small fruits can also be enjoyed as a whole.
Here's a yummy recipe of a fruit jam that you can prepare and allow your kids to relish it to their heart's content, have a look.
- 1 slice of papaya
- 1 slice of pineapple
- 1 slice of melon
- 2 bananas
- 1 chikoo
- 1 star fruit
- 1 lime
- 1 oz pint water
- Boil sugar and water gradually to dissolve the sugar. For every heaped cup of grated pineapple, add a degree cup of sugar.
- Skin and dice pineapple into cubes.
- While the sugar syrup boils, add the pineapple, then close casserole pineapple and boil for 5-10 minutes.
- Cook the jam in low flame, as the sugar present in it should not get burnt.
- Skin and dice all other fruits, do the star fruit and the banana last.
- While pineapple and syrup is cold, dice the bananas and star fruits, squeeze lime juice over them and add them to the pineapple syrup.
- Add the other cut fruits to the pineapple, mix cautiously and very quickly.
While well chilled, serve it in a fruit bowl or in a sundae glass topped with a cherry.