New roots help tropical fruits to grow longer

Having come across a new way to expand the budding life of niche market tropical fruit crops in the Northern Territory, a Darwin horticulturalist has revealed the formula of how to make it.

Highly prized tropical fruits like the achacha and mangosteen have a tendency to grow well during the wet season and on the other hand, they are found dormant during the dry season.


Darwin horticulturist says it is this factor that prevented the farmers from growing these priceless crops in the past, on a commercial scale.

It is because of the dry season weather, the large plantations of up to 3,000 [trees] have failed even as there are successful small plots.

Helping the trees to grow all year round, Mr. Nathanael is grafting better root systems to combat the setback.

Tolerating the dry season conditions, he has found a root stock to graft onto the tree i.e. with the achacha he said. Enduring the local conditions, the additional rootstock helps in growing without any hinder.

In addition, he also hopes that the new roots will help to perk up the quality of the fruit on the trees. While hoping to have the aforesaid benefits, he also looks forward for a bigger and better fruit while having an enhanced fruit flavor.

It’s believed that the research could lead to the start up of new tropical fruit industries in the Top End.

At present, north Queensland is home to Australia’s only across-the-board achacha farm, as the county also has a number of mangosteen farms between Townsville and Cairns.

As far as Australia and northern territory is concerned, there has always been room for new fruits. Taking an approximate duration of 5 to 15 years, he hopes to have good results in a couple of year’s time.

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Most hydrating summer fruits for smoothies, less of sugar-kick

There are certain summer fruits that are of less sugar-kick but most hydrating and this article is all about it and how to have the best blend of it.

Summer is the better and best time of the year to take pleasure in smoothies. Allowing you to take a fresh break from the usual recipes like banana berry shake, they are creative in addition. As they come into season, a right combination of summer fruits will help you beat the summer heat while giving a delicious smoothie that is nutrient-packed. Best part- without sugar overload or any sweeteners.

Delivering heaps of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, unlike fruit juices, are good sources of fiber when made from whole fruit.

Associated with heart health, peaches, apricots and nectarines are exceptional sources of beta-carotene. Having said that, berries on the other hand are packed with anti-cancer phytochemicals together with B vitamins and vitamin C. Healthy ingredients and a blender is all that you need to make smoothies and they are a cinch to make.

A simple guide to make one serving is pick your fruits add some green produces like spinach leaves or you can even add grated carrot or cucumber for a nutrient boost. Choose a base for it like coconut milk or rice soy, yogurts. Add some healthy fat to it like grounded flax seeds, peanut butter for extra nutrients. Consider protein for staying power. Show up some flavor with lime juice or fresh mint leaves. Try different combinations to have the best dash to your smoothie.

Most-hydrating fruits include the following like:        

  • Tomatoes- 94 per cent water
  • Strawberries- 92 per cent
  • Watermelon- 92 per cent
  • Cantaloupe -90 per cent
  • Peaches- 88 per cent
  • Raspberries- 87 per cent
  • Apricots- 86 per cent
  • Blueberries- 85 per cent


Following are some of the combinations that will help you to add a zing to your smoothie.

Strawberries + cherries (pitted) + yogurt (or half yogurt, half milk) + a dash of pure vanilla extract

Watermelon + strawberries + kefir + basil leaves

Cantaloupe + cucumber + unsweetened almond milk + mint

Peaches + strawberries (or raspberries) + milk

Raspberries + lime juice + unsweetened coconut beverage + mint

Pear + avocado + yogurt (or half yogurt, half milk) + a dash of pure vanilla extract

Peaches + spinach + milk + grated ginger root

Chopped tomatoes + carrots + celery + apple + unsweetened almond milk

With the main fruit base you can add cucumber, celery, carrots, zucchini and spinach as they are also high in water content.



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Ways to know how your favourite summer fruits are ready to eat

Here are some tips on how to tell when fruit is ripe:

  • Apricots- when kept at room temperature for a few days, Apricots will soften, however, they should be purchased when it’s quite hard. Fairly firm they will be in bright orange with a rosy blush when they are full-grown. Season- July to August.
  • Blueberries- Consider its over-all color when you are buying. It should be firm and sweet-smelling. Season- July to September.
  • Cherries- It should be firm when purchased. Season- June to July.
  • Gooseberries- Based on the variety of the berry especially the color you choose, maturity period differs, however the fruit must be without any blemishes and wrinkles. Season- July and August.


  • Peaches- Just like Apricots, even peaches will soften after a few days of room temperature so it shall be bought firm while buying in the grocery store. Peaches with green tinge and wrinkles should be avoided.
  • Raspberries- it should be red in color wholly when bought. Season- July to September.
  • Strawberries- It should be deep-red in color when you are buying and should smell sweet. Season June to July.
  • Watermelon- A cream-colored “yellow belly” showing the melon full-grown in the sun. Season- July to September.
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Fruits that burns belly fat

Packed with nutrients, fruits are low on calories and are a great option, when it comes to losing weight, because it is important to know what you eat and what not. Keeping your belly full for a long time, it can be enjoyed anywhere between breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recent researches recommend that consuming certain fruit types can help burn belly fat while upping the fitness goals. Following are some of the top fat-burning fruits that will aid your weight loss.

When you take a list of top high fat content fruits, you can see avocado first at the list, but they are on the top of fat burning list. It has high amount of omega 9 fatty acids and it is this monosaturated fats that keeps your body healthy.


Boosting your metabolism, it helps to scale up the rate at which fat is converted to energy. On the other hand, it also helps to increase certain hormones that further help in weight loss. Best part about it is that, consuming these fruits will inform your brain that your stomach is full in turn helping to put a stop to unwholesome food cravings.

The wondrous apples cannot be missed out while talking about weight loss, high in fibre and low in calories they help you keep your stomach full. It keeps your body energized while providing that minerals and vitamins that your body requires.

Blueberries- containing high fat fighting properties, they contain high amount of antioxidants that boost your metabolism. It’s low GI i.e. glycemic index satisfying your sweet tooth also helps in weight reduction.

Pomegranates- lowering your appetite the polyphenols antioxidant in this fruit allows the body to get rid of the toxins while boosting up your metabolism. You can add it to your salad.

Lemons- The great detoxifying fruit lemons help prevent fat accumulation in the body while helping for weight loss.

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Fruits and veggies to be sold from trucks

A top official of the Ministry of Economy said Abu Dhabi Municipality has let trucks to vend fruits and veggies to consumers at the Mina Zayed Souq from 7pm to midnight.

Fruits and vegetables transportation trucks from other countries and Abu Dhabi are not allowed to sell at the Mina Zayed the main wholesale market directly. The ministry having requested the municipality to let trucks to sell the commodities during the month of Ramadan so as to meet the huge demand for fresh farm produces. Just about hundreds of people, from across the capital comes here to buy fruits and vegetables which are to be had at better prices when compared to retail shops.


Conveying that sigh of relief to the consumers, Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the consumer protection department at the Ministry of Economy said, compared to the shops, prices will be less.

After the inspection process, Dr Al Nuaimi said that he was very much satisfied that all essential food items were available and at “good” prices. “He warned a shop keeper for selling a bunch of mint leaves for Dh2 and ordered him to sell it at Dh1 and display the prices properly”

Having denied that food prices were rising in Abu Dhabi, a separate campaign was held in collaboration with leading supermarkets to offer a food basket consisting of all essential food items including rice, oil and dates at below the market rates, he added.

n addition, he also said that the Abu Dhabi Cooperative, LuLu Hypermarket, and other retail outlets are offering food items at 40 per cent subsidised rates.

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