April 4, 2016

Description

The passion fruit is a subtropical vine that grows up to 20 feet per year. Although it generally lives only 5-7 years, it becomes extremely tall, clinging to anything for support. The fruit itself is nearly round and about 1.5-3 inches wide. Its skin is smooth and waxy. Different varieties can be deep purple with white specks, to light yellow or pumpkin color. Some hybrids have been made between yellow and purple varieties yielding colors between the two.

Inside the fruit there are membranous sacs containing light orange pulpy juice. There are also hundreds of small, dark brown or black pitted seeds. The passion fruit flavor is musky, guava-like, and ranges from sweet to tart. Yellow passion fruits are usually larger than purple ones, but the pulp of the purple varieties is usually less acidic, richer in flavor, and has more juicy pulp.

The fruit on the vine will turn quickly from green to either deep purple or yellow when ripe. It will then fall to the ground. You can pick the fruits when they change color or gather them from the ground each day. When stored, passion fruits will last in the fridge about 1-2 weeks or on the counter for 1-2 days. It also freezes very well.

How to Eat Them

The first step is to pick a ripe fruit and avoid overly mature ones. Pick ones with wrinkles on the surface that are already deep purple (or yellow depending on the variety). These are the ripest and will be the sweetest. Don’t worry about minor cuts or scrapes on the skin. These are common and unless overwhelming, don’t usually hurt the quality of the fruit.

Another tip, the softer the shell, the more ripe the fruit will be.

You should also shake the passion fruit. If there’s a lot of liquid inside, it means there’s plenty to eat! It doesn’t hurt to smell it either. If you can’t smell anything, it’s probably fairly tasteless compared to others that smell tropical and sweet.

Now that you have your passion fruit, you’re ready to eat it. Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seedy pulp. The seeds don’t need to be removed. You can eat the pulp with cream and sugar or use it in fruit salads or beverages (seeds too!). It’s also common to remove the seeds through a cheesecloth or strainer.

The juice you end up with can be sweetened or diluted with water or other juices. It tastes great with orange or pineapple. You can also boil the juice down to a syrup for use in sauce, gelatin desserts, candy, ice cream, sherbet, icing, cake filling, meringue or chiffon pie, or cocktails. The seeded pulp can be made into jelly or combined with pineapple to make jam. Frozen juice can be kept for 1 year in the freezer.

Health Benefits

Passion fruit is a great source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Good fiber can help remove cholesterol and protect the colon. Vitamin C helps the body resist flu like infections and viruses. Also, vitamin A is good for eyesight and maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. It may even help protect us from lung and oral cancers. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids that helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

Recipe

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 300 mL Pouring Cream
  • 270 mL Natural Yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 3/4 Titanium Strength Gelatine Leaves (approx. 3 3/4 tsp of powdered gelatine) softened in cold water
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • PASSION FRUIT SYRUP
  • 4 Passion Fruit, pulp only (or canned)
  • 50 gm Castor (berry) Sugar
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Special equipment: 150-200 ml Dariole or panna cotta moulds

Preparation:

  1. Very lighlty grease the dariole moulds with a little vegetable oil on a paper towel.
  2. Whisk the cream and yogurt together in a large bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Bring honey and vanilla seeds to a simmer in a small saucepan. Squeeze excess water from gelatine and add it to the honey -- stir to dissolve.
  4. Stir honey mixture through the yogurt mixture, then divide among four lightly greased dariole moulds. Refrigerate until set (4-5 hours - or even overnight).
  5. Make the passion fruit syrup. Combine ingredients together in a small saucepan. Simmer over a medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the liquid becomes syrupy. Set aside to cool.
  6. Just before serving, dip bases of panna cotta moulds in warm water for a few seconds, turn out onto serving plates and spoon on the passion fruit syrup. Serve immediately.
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April 4, 2016

Here it is again, summer time! Looking to stay healthy and look healthy? Look no further! Avocados are a good source of dietary fiber (for digestion and absorption of nutrients), vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Avocados can be eaten raw or cooked, and can be added in to any recipes from omelets to creamy avocado pasta sauce. It is a pear-shaped fruit with a rough leathery skin, smooth oily edible flesh, and a large stone. An Avocado comes for a tropical evergreen tree. The avocado plant is native to Central America and widely cultivated elsewhere.

How do you get one to your back yard or even in your house?

Avocado Plant

It's simple! Avocado growing indoors is fun and easy. They can be grown as a household plant or grown in a container . Either way, growing an avocado plant requires patience and light, lots of light. Because of the sensitivity of the plant it is easily damaged it the temperature is too cold.

Either way, growing an avocado plant requires patience and light, lots of light. Because of the sensitivity of the plant it is easily damaged if the temperature is too cold. PlantOGram does offer cold hardy avocado fruits for those with not so green thumbs. Because when it comes to the avocado there are a lot of do's!

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April 4, 2016

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will celebrate their 20th Anniversary and 16th Annual ART FOR LIFE Hamptons Benefit Event on Saturday, July 18th. The event will be hosted by Soledad O'Brien with a performance from Bell Bive Devoe and music by DJ M.O.S. The Rush foundation, which was founded in 1995 by Danny Simmons, Russell Simmons, and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, is built on the celebration of the creative energy of inner city youth, honored for their success of work that betters their communities. ART FOR LIFE also provides New York City kids with the exposure to different art forms and supports artists that are emerging on the scene by giving them exhibition opportunities. This year's featured ART FOR LIFE artist is Wangechi Mutu; a Kenyan born artist who has created her work in New York for almost twenty years.

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"Sniffing" by Wangechi Mutu

This "Roaring Twenties" cocktail themed event will be attended by over 800 elite guests such as Emily & Harold Ford Jr., Tommy & Dee Hilfiger and Angella Forbes for Forbes Public Relations. Sponsors for the event include Bombay Sapphire, Hamptons Magazine and Merrill Lynch. Honorees of the event are Dave Chappelle, Ava DuVernay and Michaela & Simon de Puray. An auction will take place that includes art work by Wangechi Mutu and fruit trees by Plant O Gram. Also, those in attendance will receive gift bags that include items from each sponsor of the event and gift cards from PlantOGram, that were made especially for the ART FOR LIFE Benefit Event guests.

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“Art saves lives, it is that simple. Rush Philanthropic believes that if you give young people the opportunity to practice and appreciate art — whether poetry, music, dance, or the visual arts — then you will see lives transformed as young people learn to value their own unique voices and visions. It is this type of impact we aspire to see happen and that your support will make possible,” said in a statement released by the organization.

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April 4, 2016

CharityBuzz finally goes live with this years items to be auctioned at Russell Simmons' ART FOR LIFE 20th Anniversary event gala. Plant O Gram will be auctioning off two items at the event: a "Fruit of The Gods" Mini Exotic Orchard and an "Exotic Lost World" Mini Exotic Orchard.

"Fruits of The Gods"

This Orchard collection contains some of the rarest fruit varieties from around the world from the elusive Jambolan Tree, refereed to in ancient Vedic Scriptures as the fruit that were consumed by the GODS to the world renowned Kesar Mango the most expensive mango variety in the world.

mangogodfruitKesar Mango- "queen of mangoes" is widely grown in the Gujarat state of India. It has a unique, sweet taste. The Kesar is characterized by its golden color with green overtones.

"Exotic lost World"

This Orchard collection contains plants that are mostly obscure to the western world. Including the exotic Jaboticaba fruit tree from deep within the Amazon rain-forest, to the intoxicating Michelia Alba flower whose sweet, entrancing aroma is know to linger around holy grounds throughout Asia.

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Michelia- found in southern China; it has a large, delicate white flower. The scent is used extensively in aroma therapy products as well as Joy perfumery. 

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will celebrate their 20th Anniversary and 16th Annual ART FOR LIFE Hamptons Benefit Event on Saturday, July 18th. The event will be hosted by Soledad O'Brien with a performance from Bell Bive Devoe and music by DJ M.O.S. The Rush foundation, which was founded in 1995 by Danny Simmons, Russell Simmons, and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, is built on the celebration of the creative energy of inner city youth, honored for their success of work that betters their communities. ART FOR LIFE also provides New York City kids with the exposure to different art forms and supports artists that are emerging on the scene by giving them exhibition opportunities. Plant O Gram is honored to be apart of such an amazing event!

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April 4, 2016

CharityBuzz finally goes live with this years items to be auctioned at Russell Simmons' ART FOR LIFE 20th Anniversary event gala. Plant O Gram will be auctioning off two items at the event: a "Fruit of The Gods" Mini Exotic Orchard and an "Exotic Lost World" Mini Exotic Orchard.

"Fruits of The Gods"

This Orchard collection contains some of the rarest fruit varieties from around the world from the elusive Jambolan Tree, refereed to in ancient Vedic Scriptures as the fruit that were consumed by the GODS to the world renowned Kesar Mango the most expensive mango variety in the world.

mangogodfruitKesar Mango- "queen of mangoes" is widely grown in the Gujarat state of India. It has a unique, sweet taste. The Kesar is characterized by its golden color with green overtones.

"Exotic lost World"

This Orchard collection contains plants that are mostly obscure to the western world. Including the exotic Jaboticaba fruit tree from deep within the Amazon rain-forest, to the intoxicating Michelia Alba flower whose sweet, entrancing aroma is know to linger around holy grounds throughout Asia.

320px-white_champaca_april_2009

Michelia- found in southern China; it has a large, delicate white flower. The scent is used extensively in aroma therapy products as well as Joy perfumery. 

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will celebrate their 20th Anniversary and 16th Annual ART FOR LIFE Hamptons Benefit Event on Saturday, July 18th. The event will be hosted by Soledad O'Brien with a performance from Bell Bive Devoe and music by DJ M.O.S. The Rush foundation, which was founded in 1995 by Danny Simmons, Russell Simmons, and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, is built on the celebration of the creative energy of inner city youth, honored for their success of work that betters their communities. ART FOR LIFE also provides New York City kids with the exposure to different art forms and supports artists that are emerging on the scene by giving them exhibition opportunities. Plant O Gram is honored to be apart of such an amazing event!

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April 4, 2016

LogoImageWindermere, FL – July 16, 2015 – PlantOGram is going to be officially auctioning off a mini exotic orchard for Russell Simmons’ philanthropic auction, held by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation on July 18th. Starting at 6pm with cocktails, the theme of the event is Roaring Twenties Festive. It will feature many artists a special performance by Bel Biv Devoe.

Some VIPs that will be in attendance are Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Miss Universe Paulina Vega, Angela Forbes of Forbes Public Relations, Emily Ford and Harold Ford Jr., Deepak Chopra, and Gayle King.

PlantOGram will be providing the gift cards for Russell Simmons’ gift bags. They will also provide two lots to his Auction on Charity Buzz. One is a “Fruit of the Gods” mini exotic orchard estimated to be worth $900, and the other is an “Exotic Lost World” mini exotic orchard estimated to be a $750 value.

PlantOGram is a fully licensed and insured nursery, and they now have the addition of their online store. PlantOGram stocks one of the largest selections of rare fruit trees from all areas of the world. They are now shipping worldwide, with plenty of trees capable of surviving any weather conditions. Information regarding which trees can survive various conditions can be found on the PlantOGram website.

Contact:

Mitesh P. Popat

info@plantogram.com

P.O. Box 1173

Windermere FL, 34786

Ph: 407-749-0007

Fax: 877-329-8384

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April 4, 2016

Cinnamon does not only taste good, it is also contains many health benefits such as: anti-clotting and anti-microbial actions, blood sugar control, boosts brain functions and the calcium and fiber in cinnamon can help protect your body against heart disease and improves colon health, just to name a few. This spice is native to Sri Lankan island but also grows in many other countries such as Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, China, and Indonesia.Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. Cinnamon has been consumed since 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt, where it was very highly prized  Medieval physicians used cinnamon in medicines to treat coughing, hoarseness and sore throats.

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In addition to its unique essential oils, cinnamon is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese and a very good source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium. Not only does consuming cinnamon improve the body's ability to utilize blood sugar, but just smelling the wonderful odor of this sweet spice boosts brain activity.

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April 4, 2016

One of the many key essential points to home décor is accent pieces. Whether it is bright colored throw pillows on a neutral color couch or an abstract piece of art hung on the wall, accent pieces always gives a home a simply, but fashionable, design. Another great why to decorate your home is with floral and plants. Floral and plants make great accent pieces because they can be arranged as the center piece of a coffee table or an elegant piece to fill that empty space in the corner. Taking in a plant and placing it in a modern, abstract container can make all the differences. The best types of plants for this type of home décor would be container plants and standing dwarf trees to make your home look great. 

Plant O Gram offers a variety of options when it comes to looking for great floral and plant décor. A great example of the perfect standing plant to put in that corner that just needs a little extra something would be the Sugar Can Plant.

Potted Sugar Canes

It is an easy to take care of, container plant that looks similar to the bamboo plant but is a great alternative because this plant is edible! The stems stand about 4-12 feet tall varying on the maturity of the plant, but the fanned out grass that grows atop the plant can also provide privacy. This makes it a perfect plant to put next to a window or patio door. And home décor doesn’t just mean indoors, sprucing up your patio or porch is easily done with the right fruit tree and modern container.

Potted Star Fruit Tree

Plant O Gram has many exotic standing trees that bare beautiful and bright fruit and flowers that are seasonal. Such as the yellow dragon fruit plant and the star fruit tree. So, this is one accent piece you will continue to have each year and it will never go out of style.

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April 4, 2016

The Star Fruit is a unique tropical fruit that is gaining popularity in the United States. This fruit acquired it's name from the five pointed star shape it makes when cut across the middle. The star fruit is originally from Sri Lanka and the Moluccas, and has been grown in Southeast Asia and Malaysia for almost 1,000 years. The Star Fruits thrives on growing in a warm environment so they are also grown throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Florida and Hawaii in today's modern world. There are two varieties of Star Fruit: one sour and the other slightly sweet.

Star Fruits grow on a bushy tree that can be 25 to 30 feet high. The leaves  of the tress are sensitive to touch and light, folding up at night or when touched. This tropical fruit is readily available July through February. Star fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, low fat, and is also naturally free of sodium and cholesterol.  Also, it's waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber.

Star fruits bruise easily, so  it must be handled with care. Non-ripe Star Fruits should be turned often, until they become yellow in color and ripe with light brown ribs. Keep the ripe fruits at room temperature for two to three days or unwashed, and refrigerated, in a plastic bag for up to one to two weeks. Star Fruits are generally used as a garnish in salads, sorbets, drinks, as well as to create a tart flavor in dishes.

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April 4, 2016

One of the biggest benefits of the mango is its ability to boost your immune system. The juices of the mango can also be used to make a skin cream to help cleanse your face. So, it not only helps you on the inside but on the outside as well.

Nutrition Chart

  • One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value. 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster) 25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

Mango Mud Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mango
  • 2 tbs. oatmeal
  • 2 tbs. almonds.
  • Water

 Instructions:

  1. Process your mud base. Pour oatmeal and almonds into a food processor and blend to a fine powder.
  2. Peel your mango, cut it in half and seed. Reserve one half and put the other in the refrigerator. Cut the half into 4 chunks and add the pieces to the food processor. process for 1 minute.
  3. Add water in tbs portions untill the proper mud consistincy.
  4. To use your mask, smooth over skin and let dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Store your leftovers in an air tight container and refrigerate.
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