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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

BANANA TREES

 Banana Trees are also most commonly grown in our school gardens and provide numerous benefits to our communities. 

Bananas are grown in tropical region. Banana plants grow quickly and can reach their full height of 20-40 feet in only 9 months. After growing for about 6-8 months, the plant develops a nice crown of leaves. Then a flowering stem emerges from the top, and a large bud begins to develop. Once the bananas have been harvested, the plant dies.

Let us take a look at some of the benefits of Banana Trees: 

1. Food

Banana trees give us bananas, which is a common fruits and favorite among humans and animals. When harvesting banana the tree so-called stem is cut away. In fact, the tender inner part of the stem can be utilized as a vegetable. This stem is very fibrous so it is necessary to clean the fiber yarn properly. In some parts of the world, this stem using as a vegetable and eaten with rice. It is rich in fiber, and helps in flushing out kidney stones.

2. Nutrition

The banana flower is good source in proteins, vitamins, and flavonoids. This flower can utilize as a traditional medicine to treat different illnesses such as ulcer and bronchitis problems. It also contains a host of essential vitamins and amino acids, is low in calories, and boost metabolism which great for the overall wellness of the reproductive organs, aiding breastfeeding moms and keeping infections at bay.

The fruit is a source of vital nutrients. It is also a great digestive, which aids bowel movement and contains good fiber for your gut. Rich in vitamin B6 as well as vitamin C, it helps your body absorb iron better, increasing the hemoglobin count and overall blood and cardiovascular health. It is great for pregnant women to eat, as it aids foetal health. It is enriched with potassium as well and is effective to treat cholesterol and high blood pressure.

3. Prevent Diabetes

The flower is good for people looking to prevent and control type 2 diabetes because it balances out blood sugar levels in the body.

Consumed with fiber, banana stem slows down the release of sugar and fats stored in the body’s cells.

4. Eases Stomach Problems

Bananas also relieve stomach issues like constipation and stomach ulcers.

Banana stem juice helps in regulating the acidic levels in your body and restoring balance. It provides relief from heartburn and discomfort and burning in the tummy. 

5. Strengthen Immune System

The extracts of the banana flower have antioxidant properties that prevent free radicals and control cell and tissue damage.

6. Aids Weight Loss

Consumption of banana stems helps in slowing down the release of fats and sugar that has been stored in the body. It is a low calorie food that  improves metabolism and is known to aid weight loss.


Here are some of the benefits shared by our viewers on social media:

@Steveredwolf (Twitter) - 

"They produce Bananas" 

@rewireyourmindsetwithrizwana (Instagram) -

"Keeps the skin soft and moisturized. It helps fight against burns & acne"



Tuesday, November 8, 2022

PASSION FRUIT

 This month we'll be taking a look at passion fruit which are also part of our school gardens.

Passion fruit is widely grown and valued throughout the tropics and subtropics. Most Passifloras are vines which can climb to 20 or 30 feet. The fruit varies in color from purple to yellow-orange and in shape from an egg to a tennis ball. The family Passifloraceae contains about 550 species of which 400 are in the genus Passiflora. They are commonly found as understory plants in rain forests. The passifloras are herbaceous and shallow rooted. Leaves are usually alternate. The leaf margin can be toothed or entire. The unusual flowers are the outstanding characteristic of passifloras and many are grown only for their flowers. 

Passion fruit require a lot of water, particularly inland. Passion fruit plants thrive in full sun and in environments with 60–80 percent humidity. Passion fruit typically takes 12 to 18 months to bear fruit. In a tropical climate, the plants will flower and fruit year-round.

Let us take a look at some of the benefits of growing Passion fruit : 

1. Provides Nutrients

Passion fruit is a beneficial fruit with a healthful nutrition profile. It contains high levels of vitamin A, which is important for skin, vision, and the immune system, and vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant. Passion fruit also contains phosphorus, niacin, and vitamin B-6, all of which a healthy body also needs. Passion fruit also gives your body calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and folate. These help your kidneys, nerves, muscles, and heart rhythm in big ways.

2. Rich in Antioxidants

Passion fruit is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a vital role in keeping the body’s systems healthy, they help improve blood flow, specifically to the brain and nervous system. They also reduce cellular stress and reduce inflammation in the body, both of which have links to diseases, such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. 

3. Great Source of Fiber

Passion fruit pulp contains a lot of dietary fiber. Fiber is a crucial component of every diet. It helps regulate the digestive system and keep the gut healthy, preventing constipation and bowel disorders. Eating passion fruit regularly may help to prevent constipation and improve digestion and overall health.

4. Boosts the Immune System

Passion fruit is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C boosts the immune system by helping the body absorb more iron from plant-based foods, and may improve the body’s ability to fight off infections in the body.

5. Passion Fruit Leaves

Passionfruit Leaves are small to medium in size and are deeply lobed and oblong in shape. They have many health benefits, they can be cooked, added to your salads or made tea with. Passion fruit leaves have fiber that reduces the risk of heart disease. They contain vitamin A which boosts eye health and also contain vitamin C which reduces anxiety.

6. Fights Cancer

Any fruit or vegetable that has a high level of antioxidants in it is a great food to add to a cancer-fighting diet. Antioxidants kill the free radicals that mutate healthy cells into cancerous cells. Passion fruit also contains vitamin C, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds, all three of which have been proven to come along with cancer-fighting properties.

7. Improves Bone Health

Iron, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus are all found in passion fruit, making it a rich source of the minerals that are important to bone health. These minerals play a vital role in increasing bone mineral density as well as increasing bone strength. The minerals contained in passion fruit help your bones create new bone material, strengthen existing bone material, and speed up the process of recovery and repair your body uses to heal when injuries occur.

8. Pregnancy Health

Benefits of passion fruit include good for expecting moms as it is an immunity booster, good source of fiber, maintain a healthy blood pressure, improves the heart’s health, decrease the risk of cognitive decline, improves digestive health and promotes restful sleep. 

REFERENCE 

https://ceventura.ucanr.edu/


Take a look at some of the responses received from our Instagram family: 

@funky_branches_ke -

"Their benefits are that they are rich in antioxidants and high in fiber. Boosts the immune system" 

@rewireyourmindsetwithrizwana -

" Tasty and also healthy. It helps with immune system, anxiety and heart health."

@dafina_bread -

"Amazing juice" 

@aisha_bagha -

"The fruit is rich in antioxidants and a good source of fiber" 

@_nussy.nus_ -

" Contains high levels of vitamin A which is important for skin, vision & the immune system."

@zainab_akadir -

" It's fruit makes refreshing tropical juice. Soothing during hot weather."





Monday, October 17, 2022

ORANGE TREES

 Orange Tress are also part of our School Gardens. Orange tree is a citrus evergreen tree with a productive lifespan of 50-60 years. Some well-cared orange trees can live up to 100 years or more. It is a flowering tree and its height in maturity can range between 16 and 50 ft. 

Orange trees are evergreens and feature glossy, dark-green leaves year-round. They flower in spring, and the little green fruits mature into the familiar oranges in winter. Oranges actually need the cold night air to turn from green to orange. Fruits sheltered inside the tree's canopy may be completely ripe but are still green-skinned or a splotchy combination of green and orange.

Let us take a look at the benefits of Orange Trees: 

1. High in Vitamin C

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most well-known and well-researched antioxidants. Good intake of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer as it helps to get of free radicals that cause damage to our DNA.

2. Healthy Immune System 

Regularly consuming fruits, which are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds, can help promote healthy immune function.

Oranges and other citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and preventing recurrent ear infections.

3. Prevents Skin Damage

Anti-oxidants in oranges help protect skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging. Helps your body make collagen, a protein that heals wounds and gives you smoother skin. 

4. Reduces Blood Pressure

Oranges, being rich in Vitamins B6, help support the production of hemoglobin and also help keep blood pressure under check due to the presence of magnesium. 

5. Lowers Cholesterol

The 3 grams of fiber in a medium orange help keep your bowels healthy, your cholesterol and risk of heart disease low, and ulcers at bay. 

6 Helps in Absorption of Iron

Citrus fruits are very much essential for the normal functioning of our body as they help in the absorption of iron. Anemia is a condition where the body lacks an adequate amount of mineral iron that is essential for it to function. Though oranges are not a good source of iron, these vitamin C loaded fruits are essential in absorption of iron.

7. Controls Blood Sugar Levels

Fiber in oranges help by keeping blood sugar levels under control thereby making oranges a healthy snack for people with diabetes. Moreover, oranges have simple sugars. The natural fruit sugar in oranges, fructose, can help keep blood sugar levels from rising too high after eating.

8. Good Eye Health

Oranges are a rich source of carotenoid. The Vitamin A present in them play an important role in keeping the mucus membranes in the eyes healthy. Vitamin A is also responsible to prevent age-related muscular degeneration, which in extreme cases can lead to blindness. It also helps eyes to absorb the light.

9. Improves Digestion

Oranges have both soluble and insoluble fiber. This helps in keeping your intestines and stomach function smooth, preventing irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, the fiber helps treat constipation to a greater extent.

10. Folate for Moms and Babies

Oranges are a great way to get a big dose of folate naturally. Your body uses it to divide cells and make DNA. Because it helps prevent birth defects, it's an especially important B vitamin for pregnant women.

11. Stomach Health

Flowers of Orange trees can be used to fight stomach spasms. 

12. Muscle relaxant 

The use of essential oil of orange for relaxing massage helps relieve tension and reduce stress. 


Here are some of the benefits as shared by our Instagram family: 

@mentor_quresha - 

" Lowers risk of cancer. Acts as an anti-inflammatory." 

@its_winnie_cheche-

"Oranges" 

@zainab_akadir -

"Gives oranges which rich in Vitamin C" 

@aisha_bagha - 

"Sweet delicious Oranges"

@haffy_organics -

" Fruits used in skincare to improve the skin, boosts immune system & helps with constipation too "