2015 — PlantOGram

August 12, 2015

The goji berry is a fruit that many of us over here in the Western hemisphere have never heard of. In fact, it's not berry-like at all. At least compared to the berries we normally eat, like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The goji berry is actually most closely related to the potato, tomato, eggplant, deadly nightshade, chili pepper, and tobacco. Crazy, right? But what's even more crazy is that this not-so-sweet berry is actually a sweet pleasure in China....for sexually active couples.

Chinese Goji Berries 2007. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown. ACY81M

Branded as "happy berries" in China, the goji berry is known to increase male fertility, help out with erectile dysfunction, and increase sexual libido for both men and women overall. Modern research undertaken in Beijing has shown that the berries contain a complex of polysaccharides known as LBP, which offer protection to the sperm cells and allow for increased stimulation of the male sex organs. Also, it has been found that goji berries really aid the body’s adrenal system, which is what controls how the sex hormones operate.

Looking to spice things up with your S.O.? Maybe add this goji berry, kale, and quinoa salad over a romantic candlelight dinner to get the sparks going ;)



  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 1 large head of kale (I used curly leaf kale)
  • 3/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 cup pine nuts (you can substitute another seed or nut you prefer)
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced very fine


Add dried goji berries to 2 cups of room temperature water, and allow to soak for about 20 minutes. Gently pour gojis into a fine metal strainer when plumped to discard water.

Add pine nuts to a seasoned very hot pan, and stir quickly. These burn easily, so as soon as you begin to smell the aroma, pull the pan off the heat and continue to toss.

When toasted, pour into a small bowl to cool.

Boil water for quinoa, (2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa) and add quinoa. Reduce heat to simmer, and cover your pan. This should take approximately 12 minutes to cook. Remove pan from heat, and allow to cool. Fluff quinoa with a fork to loosen grains.

Trim kale from tough stalks and center stems, and slice into ribbons, approximately 1/2 inch wide. Add to a large bowl.

In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk your dressing together. Add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and seasonings and whisk until well blended.

After the quinoa cools, add to the kale. Set aside about 2 tablespoons of goji berries for garnish, and add the rest of the gojis, along with the nuts to your kale and quinoa. Add dressing and toss to mix.

Garnish with goji berries for a pretty red color!

Serve and enjoy! :)

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July 27, 2015

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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July 27, 2015

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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July 22, 2015

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.

"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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July 22, 2015

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.


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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July 22, 2015

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.


Mitesh P. Popat


P.O. Box 1173

Windermere FL, 34786

Ph: 407-749-0007

Fax: 877-329-8384

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July 22, 2015

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.


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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July 7, 2015

Planing a Mexican dinner night? Follow this recipe http://ow.ly/NlFHa and use your fresh avocados to make this delicious guacamole to add to your dinner!

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July 7, 2015

The dragon fruit comes from a cactus plant. The fruit itself can have red or yellow skin and white or red flesh. All varieties have overlaid leaves, similar to an artichoke, and many small, black, edible seeds inside. It has a mildly sweet flavor, like a mix of kiwi and pear. While the fruit’s appearance can be a bit intimidating, it’s easy to eat. Simply slice the fruit open and scoop out the flesh. Only the white (or sometimes pink) part with seeds is edible. The skin is bitter.

The dragon fruit is very healthy, with a high amount of vitamin C. There is an abundance of calcium, iron, and phosphorous as well. It contains no complex carbohydrates which ensures easy breakdown in the body. It has been proven to lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure, strengthen bones and teeth, promote healthy blood and tissue formation, strengthen the immune system, heal bruises and wounds faster, and prevent respiratory problems.

So aside from eating it fresh, what can you do? How about make it into a cool, refreshing cocktail?

INGREDIENTS: yields 3-4 martinis

  • 1 ripe dragon fruit (soft enough to indent skin slightly with your thumb)
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (not required)
  • garnishes: dragon fruit wedge, lime slice, or star fruit

PREPARATION: 12 minutes

  1. Scoop all flesh out of dragon fruit.
  2. Place dragon fruit flesh into blender or food processor. Add all other ingredients and blend 20-30 seconds on high speed.
  3. Taste-test for desired strength and sweetness. Add more vodka for strength or more sugar for sweetness. (Note: sweetness will also depend on the ripeness of dragon fruit). If too sweet, add more lime juice. If too strong, add more coconut milk.
  4. Pour into martini glasses and garnish.
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July 7, 2015

Star fruit are not only pretty to look at, but interesting too! Since they can be grown in Florida and Hawaii, they’re pretty easy to come by.

When looking for ripe star fruit, use the same rule as bananas. Ripe star fruit will be mainly bright yellow with tinges of light green. If they have some dark brown along the five ridges, that’s fine. The flesh should still be firm. It’s also okay to buy star fruit when it’s green and wait for it to ripen. When star fruit is over-ripe it turns entirely yellow and gets brown spots all over. Star fruit is usually available July through February.

There are two different varieties found in supermarkets. One is sour while the other is slightly sweet, yet it is virtually impossible to tell the two apart. In general, the tart varieties have narrowly spaced ribs and sweet varieties have thicker, fleshier ribs. However, the tart variety still has some sweetness. The flavor is usually described as a cross between an apple and a grape.

A star fruit, which when cut up will be about 2/3 of a cup, is a great source of Vitamin C, is low fat, and free of sodium and cholesterol. The fruit can be eaten fresh, used as a garnish, or incorporated into salads.

The star fruit has been reported to have a few health benefits as well. It has been used to relieve headaches, hangovers, sore eyes, ringworm, prickly heat, and chickenpox. It is also believed to stimulate the flow of milk in nursing mothers. However, those in chronic renal failure or end stage renal disease should stay away from star fruit. It contains a neurotoxin that can cause fruit intoxication in these patients.

Here's a great recipe for Star Fruit Dessert.

Serves 2-4, Prep Time 8 min, Cook Time 10 min


  • 1 fresh, ripe star fruit
  • 1 cup orange juice or 2 oranges juiced
  • the fruit of 1 fresh ripe mango
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • up to 1 cup good quality coconut milk
  • optional: handful of fresh pomegranate seeds or cherries
  • optional: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (as a topping)


  1. Place the star fruit (3 slices per person) in a pot on the stove. Add orange juice. Stir well and turn heat to high until juice begins to boil. Then turn heat down to medium.
  2. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until star fruit has softened enough to easily cut into with a spoon. Occasionally move slices and gently turn them over so they cook equally. Remove any brown seeds that may loosen and surface.
  3. While star fruit is cooking, place the mango fruit in a food processor, mini chopper, or blender. Process or blend until it is smooth and pureed. Set aside.
  4. When the star fruit is nearly done, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Add the mango puree, stirring well. Taste-test for sweetness, adding more brown sugar if needed. (Sweetness will depend on ripeness of fruit and juice used). If it is too sweet, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice or more orange juice.
  6. Take out 3 slices per bowl with enough sauce to surround the fruit. Top each bowl with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds or cherry pieces. Drizzle coconut milk over the fruit. Add whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream and serve!
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