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Lucuma (Pouteria obovata, or Lucuma obovata) is a fruit native to Peru. Known as the "Gold of the Incas" and as a symbol of fertility and creation, this fruit has been enjoyed for millenia . While sweet in taste, lucama is a low sugar fruit that is low glycemic.  It also contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Add lucama - most readily … [Read more...]



Plums are a relative of the peach, apricot and nectarine, with about 20 varieties readily available in the United States. European-type plums are small, oval-shaped fruits with blue or purple skin and golden yellow flesh. The Japanese varieties are almost perfectly round with red-black or crimson skin and yellow or reddish flesh. Santa Rosa and Red Beaut are the most common Japanese … [Read more...]



Pomegranates, often called the "jewel of winter" are unusual fruits with bright red juice and many seeds. The name pomegranate comes from two French words, "pome" and "granate" literally meaning "apple with many seeds". Pomegranates are a good source of vitamin C and also provide powerful anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Culinary Caution! The best way to get the benefits of the … [Read more...]



Pears, kin to apples, have been cultivated as early as 2000 B.C and are grown domestically in California, Oregon, and Washington. The four principle varieties of pear available include Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc and Comice, each with its own distinct flavor, appearance and availability. Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a god source of vitamin C. Glycemic Index=38 Glycemic … [Read more...]



Peaches are the third most popular fruit in the United States, just behind apples and oranges. Widely planted across the eastern seaboard by the early settlers, there are dozens of varieies to choose from. The earliest cultivated varieties including Elberta, Hale, and Rio Oso Gem have the juiciest texture and can usually be found at organic farmers markets. Peaches are a good source of vitamin C, … [Read more...]



Nectarines, cousin to the peach, were possibly named after nektar-meaning "drink of the gods". More than 150 nectarine varieties exist, each one varying slightly in size, shape, taste, texture, and color. Ranging from a light golden yellow with a reddish blush to almost entirely red, nectarines are a good source of vitamin C and also contain flavonoids. HEALING TIP: Because nectarines are … [Read more...]



Apricots are cousins of the peach and arrived in California with the Spanish in the eighteenth century. These succulent summer beauties get their golden hue from disease-fighting carotenoids and are a favorite of the long-living Hunza people.   Glycemic Index=57 Glycemic Load=5 Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,115 … [Read more...]



Research continues to mount on how this "king of fruits" helps to keep the doctor away. Providing a good source of fiber (including an important soluble fiber called pectin) as well as vitamin C, apples real power may lie in their rich concentration of heart healthy flavonoids including quercetin. HEALING TIP: Because apples are on the Dirty Dozen, be sure to always pick … [Read more...]

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