Thursday, April 12, 2012

THE COOLING FRUITS DRINK RECIPE. CHERIMOYA, CANTALOUPE DRINK RECIPE

THE COOLING FRUITS DRINK RECIPE

CHERIMOYA, CANTALOUPE  DRINK RECIPE



The weather is a bit hotter than usual over here. Even though shying away from the sun, I still feel the need for drinks that have a cooling effect on me and my system.
At the same time, there must not be excessive sugar content such as cream, caramel, milky, sugar this and that. I am not the sweet tooth kind either. The cooling effect is my number one priority.

I am just going to use honey for a natural sweet effect. Every ingredient has to be nutritious as well, but the major/ main ingredient has to be a coolent for my fever.

It’s been more than 24 hours, my fever has not subsided yet. I am not the type who would run to a doctor at the slightest sick feeling I get in my system.

The I remembered coconut water and had that..yes my fever went down and  I know for certain young coconut water (not coconut milk) is very cooling, my fever is gone. You may view my earlier post on this – please check “Links to my recipes” at my sidebar.
Coconut water is also high in vitamin B and potassium.
Now, back to normal, I am able to walk about and surf the net.. yes, trying to look for the thingy than can cool down body heat. 

I am now thinking of alternatives to coconut water- a superior fruit or vegetable, that can easily be consumed as a drink. There is no need to cook, because when I feel sick, I don’t cook…

WHAT I DISCOVERED
So I found about six fruits and a few veggies/spices, I realized it’s not easy to look for one. Fruits are refreshing but barely known for cooling the body.
Some said many vegetables have cooling effects, but they are not scientifically proven. What compound is present in that veggie that has a cooling effect, else it is just a myth.

Melons and cucumbers also have high water content to replace lost water  and refreshes  the body.

Honeydew melon juice is one of the most beneficial and delicious fruit juices that are available. 
It has a very sweet taste, needs no sugar and I was so excited that this delicious cantaloupe, does give a cooling effect to those who consume it.

Jasna of  Jasna's kitchen creations  was kind enough to email me this : “Have you heard of 'Stevia' sugar - it's natural (from stevia plant) contains only a few calories, and it's not dangerous as diabetic sweeteners...It's expensive and called 'stevia' or 'natvia' sugar. 
Thank you Jasna,  will share this great tip- 

Citrus fruits like oranges and limes have lots of vitamin C which can help increase body immunity in fighting against heat, colds and flu. A certain compound in lemon has a cooling and refreshing effect.. such a versatile fruit, simply love this.
Mangosteen, another seasonal tropical fruit, also have cooling properties

Dandelions- Since hot flashes (hot flushes or night sweat) are caused by hormonal imbalances in women.

Dandelion helps to control them because dandelion contains two hormone-balancing nutrients. This is proven.

Edible parts for culinary and medicinal properties are the roots and leaves.

Roasted fennel seeds is also cooling, can add that to you juice or in daily dishes I guess. I am not sure if by cooking, it will destroy the cooling effect- anyone knows the fact on this? do share in my comment box please..

Fresh rosemary and mint leaves has a cooling sensation but I am not sure of a cooling effect, like they can bring down a fever.
Basil shoots and seeds too.

Tamarind is consumed in many parts of the world for it’s cooling effect. Among the many (over 20) medicinal uses are: antiseptic, astringent, colds, conjunctivitis (pink eyes), dry eyes, eye inflammation, sore throat, sunscreen, sunstroke.

My number one priority is still coconut water. To me, the natural taste of a half ripe coconut is so delicious, I don’t think those synthetics can copy it’s exotic taste, else it would have long been manufactured.

Next choice, just mixing ingredients my way- they are all cooling except Cherimoya, which I added, just to have an exotic flavor.

THE COOLING FRUITS RECIPE (CANTALOUPE, CHERIMOYA)
Ingredients:
1 long slice green Cantaloupe-peeled (or use the yellow variety)
Half a medium size cucumber- no peel
1 long slice Cherimoya-peeled and seeded
Half teaspoon fresh tamarind juice
A pinch of salt, Blend and refrigerate

WITH YOUNG COCONUT FLESH ADDED
Soursop/ Cherimoya etc
The aromatic Soursop tropical fruit, is in the same genus as the Cherimoya, Custard Apple, Sugar Apple and the Paw paw.. In Malaysia we call it Durian belanda. It is a native fruit to South and Central America and Sub-Saharan African countries that lie within the tropics. Today, they are also grown in some areas of South East Asia.. It is an exotic fruit, one of the best tasting in the world

Cherimoya is a very nutritious fruit – a rich source of carbohydrates, vitamin and minerals. It is a complete fruit containing almost all the essential nutrients in adequate proportions. 

Besides several health benefits, it’s high vitamin C content, is a stress alleviator.

This exotic fruit, depending on genus and areas grown, tastes mixed, like pineapple, creamy coconut and banana flavor, part strawberry, part apple taste and also with sour flavor notes. 

Mark Twain called the cherimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men”.

There is virtually no side effects, but their seeds and skin are non-edible, so you should not eat it. You can be paralyzed for 4 to 5 hours if you consume the cherimoya skin. The kernels are also toxic.
There is evidence indicating that the fruit's extracts selectively inhibit (prevent) the growth of human breast cancer cells.

TIPS FROM KATRINA
We have two kedondong trees behind my house, usually I make fresh juices and very cooling taken during hot weather. I normally add some sour dried plums plus sugar, taste better than green apple juice!...
According to my Chinese neighbour, they belief, it also helps lower the pressure..

.....Kedondong (and its alternative binomial, Spondias cytherea, Malay apple)also known as Hog plum and Tahitian apple or golden apple, pomme cythere in Trinidad and Tobago,June plum in Bermuda and Jamaica,juplon in Costa Rica, jobo indio in Venezuela, caja-manga in Brazil, and quả cóc in Vietnam.

In Sinhalese it is called Ambarella, and it is simplified and commonly called as Ampula or Ambra, so now I know why we in the northern states call this fruit Buah Ambra!

THANK YOU KATRINA FOR SHARING THIS GREAT TIP- wan
TIP FROM LENA  lena
good morning wan, my mother and some older relatives also believe that cucumber has a cooling effect on our bodies. Unlike some of us who just make juices straight out of them, they cook and boil it with a pot of water for an hour or so, just take it like as herbal tea. Thank you for sharing the facts here on cantaloupe and cherimoya, yea, i only know them as durian belanda. I was also told that the cherimoya is good for detoxification and blood cleansing, might help to conter acne and pimple problems
THANK YOU LENA FOR THIS GREAT TIP ON CUCUMBER  

EARTHQUAKE  RATTLES

A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on April 11th, but no big tsunami.
Many thanks to all those concerned about me in Malaysia, being very close neighbor to Acheh, on the mega quake that hit Acheh, Indonesia.

I am  thankful that Cindyrina safely left Phuket and came back to Kuala Lumpur, the same day they closed the Phuket airport in Thailand, in anticipation of a tsunami, which already slightly hit a nearby town.

I am glad Suja’s mom and family in India are doing fine. 
Suja is residing in USA and was very worried because certain parts in India felt the tremor too.

As well, two large earthquakes struck western Mexico, shaking buildings at a magnitude of 6.5 on April 11th and 12th.5 am.

My condolence to all who encountered this disaster and suffered  casualties.

49 comments:

  1. I love fruit juice! And I love ice blended soursop! Thank you for the information and take care :)

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    1. hi nash, welcome and have a nice day.. hanks for your visit

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  2. Again! Wan give me a good tips! Hope you are fine dear!!!!

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    1. hi rina, i am fine, have a great weekend. saw you had a great time in phuket

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  3. How are you feeling now Wan,hope you are better dear,take care
    I too love tender coconut water,it is very refreshing and great cooling effect..never knew about the cooling effect of fennel..it is one of my favorite in cooking,love its flavor so much..
    but as you said do not know whether cooking will effect...great tips dear,thanks for sharing
    Glad you and friends are safe and everything is ok..hugs and smiles:)

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    1. hi suja, i think its is cooling, cos it says "Roasted" fennel seeds. i must learn to use this common spice too. thanks so much for you concern. have a nice day

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  4. A wonderful post Wan. Hope u have fully recovered from fever.. My family is also in India and we were worried about the quake and tsunami warnings. Glad that you too are safe :) I too love the coconut water, so refreshing and a natural coolant. Cherimoya is new to me..haven't seen I guess...SO u take care and get well soon :)

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    1. hi sobha, thanks dear for your concern, i still drink the coconut water..very good, am ok now. have a nice day

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  5. Yeheyy!! Love those cooling fruit drinks you've shared Wan! :) Hope you feel better my friend..;) Muaaaaahhh!!:)

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    1. Hi linda, i was ok, then the fever hit back triggered by the earth's magnetic force i think..ha ha..have a nice day

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  6. ahh.....really refreshing drinks & awesome tips!!! Loved it!
    Hope you feel better now. Take Care :)

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    1. Hi Teena, thanks dear, appreciate your well wishes. have a nice day

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  7. Dear, hope you're feeling better now. Great tips & information you share here. Sorry to hear about the earthquake but glad you and your family are safe. Take care!

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    1. hi ambreen, i am not living in the quake area, that's in indonesia, but we are the closest to them here..45minutes by air.. felt the tremor, made me giddy and go off balance.
      have a nice day

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  8. I am in for all the soothing and cooling drinks. Works perfects for the hot weather and does great for healthy reasons and great complexion too. I was kind of wonderful which fruit is that and then after seeing the pics, I realised that this sour tasting fruit is plenty at my place and I love the taste so much. I normally get the ready made juiced version and of course, nothing like the home made one from the same fruit.

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    1. hi nava, its so nice that you can get soursop very easily.
      as for me, its a bit difficult, seldom sold in the supermarket. at times i go to rawang to buy some. have a nice day

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  9. We have two kedondong trees behind my house, usually I make fresh juices and very cooling taken during hot weather. I normally add some sour dried plums plus sugar, taste better than green apple juice!...

    According to my Chinese neighbour, they belief, it also helps lower the pressure..

    .....Kedondong (and its alternative binomial, Spondias cytherea, Malay apple)also known as Hog plum and Tahitian apple or golden apple, pomme cythere in Trinidad and Tobago,June plum in Bermuda and Jamaica,juplon in Costa Rica, jobo indio in Venezuela, caja-manga in Brazil, and quả cóc in Vietnam.

    In Sinhalese it is called Ambarella, and it is simplified and commonly called as Ampula or Ambra, so now I know why we in the northern states call this fruit Buah Ambra!

    Cheers

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    1. hi katrina, many thanks dear for your input.that's a lot of reference you made for me, really appreciate your thoughtfulness and this is not the first time.
      have a wonderful day.\i have published your coment in my post. ooops buah ambra? nice name, never heard of that :)

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    2. I hv no idea about its health benefits, but noticed after drinking the juice, my head gets lighter and kinda felt airy, hehe.. and one more, very good for bowel movements.

      Earlier what I meant by pressure is blood pressure (I am on a very high daily dose - hereditary), the reason I take it quite regularly when in season.

      And it has the same effect as 'pegaga' juice, which I was told, is good for flu and our brain?

      Cheers

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    3. hi katrina, its ok, many thanks, some readers may find this very useful.. your own experience counts ..have a great weekend

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    1. hi julie, thanks. looking forward to your cumin/coriander.
      mint? have a nice day.

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  11. Very interesting drinks and love your blog. The earth quake news was a great shock and glad to hear you and your family are fine.

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    1. hi dear, how are you.glad to have a vegetarian blogger visit my post.i am fine dear.have a nice day

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  12. good morning wan, my mother and some older relatives also believe that cucumber has a cooling effect on our bodies. Unlike some of us who just make juices straight out of them, they cook and boil it with a pot of water for an hour or so, just take it like as herbal tea. Thank you for sharing the facts here on cantaloupe and cherimoya, yea, i only know them as durian belanda. I was also told that the cherimoya is good for detoxification and blood cleansing, might help to conter acne and pimple problems.

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  13. hi lena, good morning to you too. thanks so much for the great tip on cucumber. i will publish this comment of yours in my blog post . the durian belanda is really trending, now in Indonesia, people are crazy planting them, for the numerous benefits it has..
    have a nice day :)

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  14. it's my pleasure. wan. There's always new things to know each time i come to your blog!

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  15. Glad you feed better now Wan. These are delicious.

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    1. hi archana, thanks dear, i am ok. glad you like the fruit juices - i love them all. have a nice day

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  16. Delicious n refreshing drink, thanks for awesome tips.

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  17. hi hemalata, thanks for your sweet comment and have a nice day

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  18. Hi Wan, very interesting, lots to know here.
    I just drink my usual Chinese or Japanese green tea, 5 to 6 cups a day....and my iced coffee.
    The fruit juices looks delicious.
    You keep well, have a nice day.
    Lee.

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    1. hi lee, thank you for coming over, you stick to your usual drinks, you can consume your fruits fresh as it is, without making juices. have a nice day, sorry for the late reply.. have net connection problems.

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  19. Fabulous input and that drink is great source of vitamins and minerals!

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    1. hi treat and treat. thank you for your supportive comment. have a nice day

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  20. delicious looking variety of drinks

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    1. hi akheela, thank you for coming over and how have you been doing.. have a nice day, d=glad you like this post

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  21. very useful tips.... have a nice day...

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    1. hi amina, thank you for the compliment and have a nice day

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  22. Watermelon or melon ancestors originated from Africa. Its really a wonderful fruit that provide you with cooling water and flesh. So centuries ago, melon must have been a convenient to bring when travelling by Africans.

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    1. hi diana, that's good knowledge you have on melons. learnt something here. bet you growm melons too. thanks for sharing and have a nice day day.

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  23. hope u r doing well..delicious and refreshing drink..awesome clicks..the clicks popping out my eyes..super ..and wonderfull tips

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    1. hi achu, i am ok, thanks. i am happy that you came by and like this recipe. have a nice day dear

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  24. nice post
    cooling,refreshing fruit drinks
    like the pics

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    1. hi sm, many thanks for your compliments and have a nice day

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