Saturday, June 15, 2019

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labour

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labour

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Gardening produces fresh fruits and vegetables which are beneficial to your health and well-being not to mention how much more tasteful they are than what you can buy in the shops.  Sitting back and enjoying an apple or plum can add to your quality of life as you reap the harvest of your labour.  Watching fruit grow and mature into ripe morsels of delight adds to the pleasure that you’ll get from your hobby of gardening.  Let’s look at some of the benefits of planting fruit trees on your property.

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  1. You can enjoy the benefits of having a variety of fresh fruits to add to each of your meals.  There’s something special about an apple that you grow yourself; it’s also an excellent way to help your children and grandchildren observe the cycle of life.
  2. Your fruit may not be as attractive as what is available at the market but the flavour will be fresh, crisp, and delightful.  Fresh fruit is packed with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that prevent diseases and keep you feeling your best.  Remember the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away?  That is certainly true when you can walk right out into your garden and pick one from your own tree.
  3. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the blossoms in spring when you’re ready for a new beginning.  Many fruit trees have blooms that fill the air with aromas that are breath-taking; this is only the beginning of the wonderful fruit that is yet to come.
  4. Fruit trees also provide plenty of shade for you to enjoy on warm days; you can play with your children and grandchildren, plan picnics, and encourage them to let their imaginations develop.  Being in an orchard does a great deal to add to the quality time that you spend with your family.
  5. You’ll be getting an added return on the investment that you initially made in your property.  By canning and freezing the fresh fruit from your orchard, you can save money and have delicious dishes year round that are made from the fruits of your labour.
  6. If you add a fruit tree collection to your garden, you’ll be helping to relieve the stress that you feel; gardening is an excellent way to reduce stress, to focus on positive things, and to enjoy the beauty of nature around you.  Just being outside, working with the soil, and watching your trees mature into fruit-bearing plants will provide you with hours of personal satisfaction and peace of mind.

With a healthy diet of fresh fruit, stress relief from working outside in your garden, and enjoying the trees at every stage of their development, the benefits that you get from having fruit trees in your garden will be plentiful.  You can share your bounty with friends, neighbours, and colleagues and put away a good supply for the cold months when a fresh apple pie will be the perfect ending to your meal.

From adding beauty to your landscape to enhancing the meals that arrive on your table, fresh fruit from your own garden will be a delightful experience.



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Mineral and Vitamin Degradation in Fruits and Vegetables in Last 17 Years

Mineral and Vitamin Degradation in Fruits and Vegetables in Last 17 Years

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The mineral and vitamin degradation in fruits and vegetables in the last years is a critical problem for all human species. While the most population thinks that it has enough nutrition and want to loose weight, the opposite is the truth. I do not mean that weight problem of course. The following table is a wonderful example of how current and previous generations rob their children. While the prices of food is climbing up, the quality is going down. There is one rule for under-nutritioning of the next generation in the nature only – the dead. And this numbers goes for a raw food, if you cook and process it, it is much much worser.

Nutritional Content Nutrition Element In mg/100g per Year Year Difference
1985 1996 2002 85-96 85-02
Broccoli calcium 103 33 28 – 68% – 73%
folic acid 47 23 18 – 52% – 62%
magnesium 24 18 11 – 25% – 55%
Beans calcium 56 34 22 – 38% -51%
folic acid 39 34 30 – 12% – 23%
magnesium 26 22 18 – 15% – 31%
vitamin B6 140 55 32 – 61% – 77%
Tomatoes calcium 14 4 3 – 70% – 78%
magnesium 27 18 14 – 33% – 48%
Carrot calcium 37 31 28 – 17% – 24%
magnesium 21 9 6 – 57% – 75%
Spinach calcium 62 19 15 – 68% – 76%
vitamin C 51 21 18 – 58% – 65%
Apples vitamin C 5 1 2 – 80% – 60%
Bananas calcium 8 7 7 – 12% – 12%
folic acid 23 3 5 – 84% – 79%
magnesium 31 27 24 – 13% – 23%
vitamin B6 330 22 18 – 92% – 95%
Strawberries calcium 21 18 12 – 14% – 43%
vitamin C 60 13 8 – 67% – 87%

Source: Geigy Pharmakonzern, Switzerland (1985), Lebensmittellarbor Karlsruhe (1996), Sanatorium Oberthal (2002)

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