Organic Strawberry Smoothie: Special ingredients

Organic Strawberry Smoothie

A refreshing and delightful treat.

The special ingredients in my tasty smoothie are Longan fruit and Green Fig. I used 2% milk and organic frozen fruits.

The content below is not my original content but this drink I designed myself today, during a study break. I hope you enjoy learning more about these fruits! Below are some health details for your reading convenience!

Longan Fruit

Fruit Facts

Longans are much eaten fresh, out-of-hand, but some have maintained that the fruit is improved by cooking. In China, the majority are canned in sirup or dried. The canned fruits were regularly shipped from Shanghai to the United States in the past. Today, they are exported from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

For drying, the fruits are first heated to shrink the flesh and facilitate peeling of the rind. Then the seeds are removed and the flesh dried over a slow fire. The dried product is black, leathery and smoky in flavor and is mainly used to prepare an infusion drunk for refreshment.

A liqueur is made by macerating the longan flesh in alcohol.

Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion
Fresh Dried
Calories 61 286
Moisture 82.4 g 17.6 g
Protein 1.0 g 4.9 g
Fat 0.1 g 0.4 g
Carbohydrates 15.8 g 74.0 g
Fiber 0.4 g 2.0 g
Ash 0.7 g 3.1 g
Calcium 10 mg 45 mg
Phosphorus 42 mg 196 mg
Iron 1.2 mg 5.4 mg
Thiamine 0.04 mg
Ascorbic Acid 6 mg (possibly) 28 mg

Other Uses

Seeds and rind: The seeds, because of their saponin content, are used like soapberries (Sapindus saponaria L.) for shampooing the hair. The seeds and the rind are burned for fuel and are part of the payment of the Chinese women who attend to the drying operation.

Wood: While the tree is not often cut for timber, the wood is used for posts, agricultural implements, furniture and construction. The heartwood is red, hard, and takes a fine polish. It is not highly valued for fuel.

Medicinal Uses: The flesh of the fruit is administered as a stomachic, febrifuge and vermifuge, and is regarded as an antidote for poison. A decoction of the dried flesh is taken as a tonic and treatment for insomnia and neurasthenic neurosis. In both North and South Vietnam, the “eye” of the longan seed is pressed against a snakebite in the belief that it will absorb the venom.

Leaves and flowers are sold in Chinese herb markets but are not a part of ancient traditional medicine. The leaves contain quercetin and quercitrin. Burkill says that the dried flowers are exported to Malaysia for medicinal purposes. The seeds are administered to counteract heavy sweating and the pulverized kernel, which contains saponin, tannin and fat, serves as a styptic.  – The above information is an excerpt from here.

Green Fig

Nutrient Content
Include figs in your diet to help meet your body’s daily requirements for minerals. A 1/2-cup serving of dried figs contains 121 milligrams of calcium, or 15 percent of the daily adult requirement; 50 milligrams of magnesium, or 12 percent of the daily adult requirement; 506 milligrams of potassium, or 11 percent of the daily adult requirement; and 1.5 milligrams of iron, or 19 percent of the daily adult requirement. Figs also provide a good amount of dietary fiber that helps maintain digestive health. The average large fig is 23 percent fiber and provides 2.1 grams. Vitamins present in figs include the antioxidant vitamins A at 2.1 grams and C at 1 milligram per fig. The B-complex vitamins niacin and folate are also found in figs, with 2.1 grams and 3.8 micrograms, respectively, in an average large fig.
Heart Health

Figs are particularly heart-healthy. High potassium levels combined with low sodium levels help lower blood pressure, and high levels of polyphenol antioxidants help prevent atherosclerosis. A 3.5-ounce serving of dried figs contains up to 50 times the polyphenol content of most other fruits, according to Eugene A. DeFelice, M.D., author of the book “Nutrition and Health: Web Resource Guide for Consumers, Healthcare Providers, Patients and Physicians.” Figs also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and phytosterol compounds, which help lower cholesterol levels and preserve the flexibility of your arteries. Their fiber binds to cholesterol, helping to eliminate it from your body. – You can read the rest of the article here

Strawberries

There are over 600 varieties of strawberries on the earth so you won’t have to look hard to find this deep-red health booster. Strawberries are high in antioxidant phytonutrients known as phenols. Phenols are responsible for protecting us from disease and promoting good health.

Studies show that strawberries may also help protect the brain with a powerful antioxidant capacity. Strawberries reduce macular degeneration of the eyes, and are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, many B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iodine, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper.

One study from Cornell University demonstrated that strawberries stopped the proliferation of HepG(2) liver cancer cells [4]. Another study showed that a substance found in the berry called isothiocyanate inhibited esophageal cancer. The above text about strawberries is available here where you can learn about 5 other fruits that are great to eat everyday!

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