9.12.2014

Fruit Discovery : CHESA / CANISTEL



CHESA - The so-called "Egg Fruit"

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  My morning was freed up today because of my cancelled yoga class and that means only one thing... more time in the weekend market! Yay! I love spending time and rummaging through the different little stalls at the FTI complex. This morning, I discovered CHESA or CANISTEL. I have read and heard about this tropical fruit before but never really tasted the actual thing. My helper whose hometown is in the Visayas  said that this fruit is abundant in their region. It's in fact very popular there that visitors treat them as treasured gems when in season. I was sold and ended up getting a kilo for Php 50.00.

Canistel is often referred to colloquially as "eggfruit".. When ripe, it is said to have a texture similar to that of a thoroughly cooked egg yolk. The meat of the fruit is sweet and edible raw. The exterior of a canistel fruit is a polished skin that, upon ripening, varies in yellow color and orange tones. Canistel fruit is soft, rather than hard, and it is not mostly juicy. Fruit insides are a few large polished black or dark brown seeds. While canistel fruits are not available in most markets in North America, they are available in Florida.

Taste

The fruit has a color of orange to yellow thin skin, and the flesh is dry like a boiled egg yolk. They are usually eaten fresh, used for cooking, pies, and they have a excellent taste in ice cream. In milk shakes they taste like eggnog. They are very related in taste to the Lucuma from Andean countries. It has a sweet taste and is a raw edible fruit to eat. The outside of the fruit having a different taste when compare to inside the seed film.

Health Benefits
Like other orange-colored fruits, this eggfruit is high in beta-carotene. This nutrient protects eyes, gives hair its lustrous sheen, and maintains glowing skin. Additionally, carotenoids fight cancers, age related degeneration, depression, headaches, heartburn, and high blood pressure.

One serving of eggfruit provides a good quantity of iron, a mineral essential for blood health due to its ability to facilitate proper oxygen circulation. Iron also promotes good memory, stable energy levels and overall strength.

Taste
Eggfruits are named as such because their texture resembles an egg yolk: soft, starchy, and somewhat creamy. The texture of the fruit evolves as one nears the center of the fruit—while the pulp is slightly tough and mealy under the skin, the pulp nearest to the center is softer and creamier. I actually ate half a fruit earlier as a dessert and I loved it!

Source : http://www.fruitsinfo.com/Canistel-fruit.php


Some ideas on how to eat the fruit besides raw and fresh :



RAW VEGAN CHESA EGGNOG
Simply blend the fruit with soymilk or almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla


RAW VEGAN CHESA PIE

Mix 3 ripe eggfruit in food processor
w/ 1 t coconut oil
1T Maple Syrup
a little ginger
a little cloves
a little cinnamon
a little nutmeg

Spread in an almond date crust:
1/2 almonds
1/2 dates
1t coconut oil
vanilla bean
squirt of lime (for preserving)
1. Simply blend up in food processor until it sticks together, use 50-50 quantities of almonds and dates. 
2. Push into pie pan. 
3. Scoop eggfruit (pumpkin pie like) into the crust.
4. Refrigerate.
5. Enjoy! :)

 Hope this little fruit trivia brightened up your day! Until my next discovery...

Always in search for something new,
Pattie


9.01.2014

What CHIA think? : CHIA SEEDS and its benefits


Everyone getting into a healthy lifestyle have probably heard of or surely have used and incorporated these seeds into their daily diet. CHIA SEEDS are a powerhouse of nutrients. They're loaded with protein, Omega 3s, and fiber. Plus they're packed with calcium, magnesium and manganese. They are also gluten-free.

Research has also demonstrated that the beneficial effects of omega-3, as found in chia, has helped those suffering with mood disorders. A meta-analysis of trials involving patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia reduces symptoms of depression.(1) Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven in increase brain function and decrease depression. So, incorporating chia into your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health. 

The optimal daily consumption of chia is four tablespoons throughout the day, but you can gradually work your way up to that amount starting with one tablespoon a day. (2)  Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. Chia has both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is a great benefit. That's why the seeds expand in liquids without losing any of the fiber content. If you consume four tablespoons per day of chia, you get 14 grams of fiber. By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.

 One of my favorite ways to use Chia seeds is by simply mixing them into my fresh coconut water. It's hydration at its finest! I drink it before and after working out and it gives me a lot of energy and lessens my sugar craving!


As a bonus for all of you, here's a really quick and easy recipe I found online which I follow for a healthy nutrient-packed make ahead breakfast :



Raw Banana Cinnamon Chia Pudding
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashew milk (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1/2 bananas


  • Homemade Cashew Milk   
Makes 4 cups
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for six hours)
  • 1 Medjool date
  • 4 cups of water
  • pinch of sea salt
Directions
1. Mix all of the ingredients for the cashew milk in a high speed blender for over a minute, until it's creamy and has a milk-like consistency (this will make up about four cups, and the leftovers can be kept in the fridge). 
2. In a bowl, combine the cashew milk with everything except for the chia seeds and mix well.  A whisk is perfect for this.
3. Add the chia seeds and whisk for a minute or so to make sure the seeds are spread evenly and aren't clumped up.
4. Let the mixture settle for a minute and whisk again. The pudding should start to thicken at this point.
5. Put into the refrigerator and let set for at least 30 minutes (sometimes, I will make this the night before to eat for breakfast the next day).
6. Slice up the banana and place over the top, sprinkle some cinnamon and voilĂ ! Enjoy!
(1) Ross, B. M., Seguin, J., & Sieswerda, L. E. (2007). Omega-3 fatty acids as treatments for mental illness: which disorder and which fatty acid? Lipids in Health & Disease, 621-39. doi:10.1186/1476-511X-6-21
(2) Coates, W. (2012). Chia: The complete guide to the ultimate superfood. Sterling Publishing: New York, NY. 


Choose wellness,
Pattie