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Amazing Facts That You (Or At Least Me) Did Not Know About Fruit

April 28, 2014, in Food
Fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet. However, we often do not even think about what we eat. We know that oranges are orange, but we do not suspect what exactly eat. And did you know how expensive can be the perfect fruit? Here some facts about fruits that may surprise you.

Fetid durian - a potent aphrodisiac

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Durian - a fruit that grows in South Asia, which is known for its bad smell. The smell is so unbearable that in many public places in Asia, it is forbidden.

But few people know that this stinking fruit has powerful aphrodisiac properties. It is believed that it has an immediate effect on the human libido and his soft and smooth fruit body is a sensual pleasure and explosion of rich flavors.
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As the residents of the Indonesian island of Java saying, "When falling durian, sarongs (clothing like skirts) are raised". Legend appeared after people watched the animals eating durian and almost always indulged pairing.

Durian contains high levels of tryptophan, which is converted to the happiness hormone serotonin, causing a feeling of pleasure. Studies in mice showed that those mice for two weeks gave durian, increased libido and improved reproductive capacity.

Bananas are too perfect

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Genetic diversity provides longevity species. However, this is not the bananas. Despite the fact that there are more than 300 different types of bananas in the world, most people eat one kind called Cavendish.

It was delicious, convenient, and grown all over the world, from Hawaii to Thailand. However, wherever he grew up, he is genetically identical. In the absence of genetic diversity, disease or fungus can destroy the entire global population of bananas.
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For example, before one of the most popular kinds of bananas was Gros Michel, until the fungus is not destroyed almost all of this kind of bananas. Was spent billions of dollars to find a replacement for Gros Michel banana.

Despite attempts to create a more stable, genetically diverse species of bananas, bananas Cavendish also threatened with extinction. Problem is partly caused by the fact that bananas do not reproduce through seeds. In addition, almost all modern bananas are mutations obtained from 10 plants that were cultivated on the African continent.

Perfect fruit is hard to find

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In Japan, fruit presented as a gift to family, friends, colleagues and business partners. He is considered a luxury item and he is better than the more memorable it becomes a gift.

There even exist shops called Senbikiya, specializing only in the ideal fruit samples. On fruits, which are sold in this store, not only are there spots and dents, they should be the perfect shape. And some look so big and juicy that it is doubtful that they are real.
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For example, a basket of 12 strawberries will cost you $83 and three melons can reach the price of $419.

This price is not only for excellence, but also for work of growing such a fruit. Owners of greenhouses work 365 days a year, providing the right amount of nutrients and maintaining the desired temperature.

Most berries are not berries

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We tend to think that strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries are berries. However, according to the botanical definition, many fruits, berries which we believe, are not.

Berry - a fruit that has a fleshy contents and the outer shell and is formed from the ovary of the plant. This means that the grapes, avocados, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes are also botanically berries.
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Cranberries, blueberries and gooseberries are so-called "false berry", ie they are formed from the ovary plants, but not from the top of the ovary, so that they could not be classified as true berries. Furthermore, these berries are formed partly from the receptacle, which also excludes them from true berries.

Raspberries and blackberries are actually "drupe", ie fleshy fruit with thin skin, containing several seeds with a hard shell.

Oranges is not usually orange

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In its natural form ripe in warm countries where they grow oranges, their outer layer contains a lot of chlorophyll, giving them the green color.

In cooler places chlorophyll is destroyed as well as the leaves on the trees, and orange color appear. That green oranges are ripe, and those who turn into orange, already passed the peak of ripeness.
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However, people still associated green fruit with immature fruit, so exposing oranges to rapid freezing and exposure to ethylene gas can get rid of chlorophyll in their skin.

Cherry, who tricked the devil

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Dogwood cherry is one of the most ancient fruit with a long history. When the texts of ancient Greece, Rome and Persia mentions cherry, I mean exactly dogwood.

It is used in cough syrups, compotes and jams, as well as in the manufacture of wine and vodka, but rarely used in fresh form.
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In Turkey, there is a legend that when Satan came to this country, he saw that the dogwood trees bloom early, decided that they used to give fruit. He sat down under a tree and waited, while others around the trees bloomed and fruited. In the end, when he discovered that the dogwood trees produce fruit after all at the end of the summer, he was seriously angry.

Until now, dogwood called tree that tricked the Satan.

Watermelon has been a source of water long time ago

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Watermelon fruit also from the standpoint of Botany is a berry with a thick crust and flesh inside.

Now we eat watermelon mainly as a snack on a hot summer day. However, initially cultured in a very practical purposes. One of the first references to the cultivation of watermelon can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics, which is more than 5000 years. He also referred to the culture of Asia, India and the Mediterranean.
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Famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone discovered the field of watermelons in Africa. Watermelon grows in dry areas and for a long time it was not just a meal. Since 90 percent of watermelon is water, in many arid regions of Africa it was used as a water source. Researchers wore it as a natural water bottles.

Apple a day can help to your immunity system

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There are plenty of scientific evidence that regular consumption of apples is very good for your health.

Also those who eat apples, reduced risk of stroke, improved respiratory function and is easier to maintain a healthy weight.
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Apples reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, improve brain function and cellular health, prevent the development of dementia and reduce the risk of diabetes.

Conventional apples are often overshadowed by the more fashionable fruit, but history suggests that the beneficial properties of apples have been known for centuries. Remains of apples found in prehistoric settlements relating to 6500 BC.

Guarana contains two times more caffeine than coffee

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If you look at the composition of many energy drinks, you will find guarana at ingredients list.

According to legend, this an unusual fruit grown from the eye murdered boy, and guarana really looks like bloodshot eyeball. Guarana is also used as an aphrodisiac, usually in the form of a drink with nuts and eggs.
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