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Of late the habit of buying Vegetables and Fruits and stocking them up in the Refrigerator is on the rise.
This is dangerous as Fruits and Vegetables also have expiry date.
The chemicals used include Carbide and Ethylene gas.
These are highly toxic and may even cause death in extreme case, minimum damage is stomach upset and Diarrhea.
It is better to buy afresh daily than stocking up in the Refrigerator.
Some tips to buy Vegetables and Fruits.
Cabbage leaves should be firm. When selecting, choose only the heads that are compact and firm. They should have fresh, crispy leaves that do not contain any markings or browning, which may be an indication of worm damage. The head should only contain a few loose outer leaves.
The coloring of the leaves should reflect the variety you are purchasing. In general, the darker green the leaves the more flavor they have. The stem should be trimmed and look fresh, not dry and cracked. Avoid purchasing precut or shredded cabbage. Once the cabbage is cut it begins to lose its vitamin C content, even if it is tightly packaged or well wrapped.
When purchasing carrots, look for firm, plump carrots without rootlets. They should be small, bright orange and smooth, without cracks. Buy carrots in bunches, with their leafy green tops still attached. Carrots lose moisture through their leafy green tops, so if you purchase them this way, remove the tops before wrapping carrots in plastic and storing. Instead of throwing away the tops, which are full of nutrition, try adding them to soups or chopping them and adding to your salads.
Storing fresh carrots: Carrots keep will for weeks in the refrigerator, although you will sacrifice sweetness and flavor if stored too long.
When purchasing cauliflower, look for a clean, creamy white, compact curd in which the bud clusters are not separated. Spotted or dull-colored cauliflower should be avoided, as well as those in which small flowers appear.
Heads that are surrounded by many thick green leaves are better protected and will be fresher. As its size is not related to its quality, choose one that best suits your needs.
Smaller, immature eggplants are best. Full-size puffy ones may have hard seeds and can be bitter. Choose a firm, smooth-skinned eggplant that is heavy for its size; avoid those with soft or brown spots. Gently push with your thumb or forefinger. If the flesh gives slightly but then bounces back, it is ripe. If the indentation remains, it is overripe and the insides will be mushy. If there is no give, the eggplant was picked too early. Also make sure an eggplant isn’t dry inside, knock on it with your knuckles. If you hear a hollow sound, don’t buy it. NOTE: Whether or not there is an appreciable difference, I don’t know.
When selecting garlic, it should be big, plump and firm, tight silky skins with its paper-like covering intact, not spongy, soft, or shriveled. Why buy small ones that are a pain to peel? As with all ingredients for cooking, buy the best garlic you can afford.
Fresh garlic is readily available year round. Garlic is available in forms other than fresh, such as powder, flakes, oil, and puree.
Also remember that a single bulb of garlic usually contains between ten and twenty individual cloves of garlic. The individual cloves are covered with a fine pinkish/purple skin, and the head of cloves is then covered with white papery outer skin.
Here’s how one buys Fresh Fruits.
|Fruit||Fruits to choose:||Fruits to avoid:||Tips:|
|Apples||Firm, well-colored, feels crisp; scald (tan spots) is okay, hardly affects the taste.||Shriveled, bruised, yields
slightly to pressure, or lacks color.
|Store in perforated plastic bag in refrigerator. Apples soften fast if left at room temperature.|
golden-orange and uniform in color, yields slightly to pressure.
greenish-yellow, very firm; Overripe: soft, mushy, dull-looking.
|Ripe: store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Unripe: ripen in closed paper sack at room temperature.|
|Avocados||Slightly soft when pressed if want to use at once; firm if want to use in 3-5 days.||Cracked, broken, or patched with sunken spots.||Ripe (soft): use immediately. Unripe: ripen at room temp. for 3-5 days or until soft. Refrigerating slows down ripening process.|
|Bananas||Firm, without bruises or other injury; tasty when peel is specked with brown.||Bruised, discolored, or grayish
(exposed to cold and won’t ripen properly).
|Ripen green bananas at room temp. May refrigerate, uncovered, for a few days once ripe. Peel will turn
black, but banana still tastes good. Green tipped fruit is not ripe.
|Blueberries||Plump, firm, deep blue berries with their natural waxy silver coating; dry, uniform.||Mushy, soft, or leaky berries or
ones with leaves or stems still attached.
|Store in a loosely covered,
shallow container in refrigerator for up to 10 days.
All these Spices/herbs are being used daily in traditional Indian Food.
The modern sciences are engaged in researching the products and formula for anti aging property. Based on recent scientific findings, one of the techniques of anti-aging, for both women and men, is herbal treatment. The total blueprint of herbal anti aging treatment is in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine are called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. According to this system, the secret to productive anti aging is to maintain Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in perfect equilibrium. Rasayana is an exceptional ayurvedic anti aging treatment. This method involves two faculties namely, kutipravesika and vatatapika. Kutipravesika attributes itself to restricting the person being treated in a tiny shelter with just one small door. The system also requires small holes instead of windows.
In Ayurvedic herbal treatment, anti aging means principally keeping up a healthy body into herbal treatment and bringing down the operation of aging, degeneration and depreciation. The objective of herbal anti-aging treatment is to aim for a healthy aging mode, and to maintain both mind and body working at optimum level, so the treasures of old age can be relished with peace of mind and vitality.
Amla(Emblica Officinalis): Amla is the best Rasayana as mentioned in the Charaka samhita. Amla is the magical herbs with the rich in Vitamin C. It is believed to have good rejuvenating power. The fruits of Amla is used to make the Chyawanprash (Herbal tonic) and best Rasayana. So daily intake of Amla and its products is good anti aging property.
Ginger Family: The rhizomes of the ginger family contain an array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Ginger contains essential oils and spicy substances such as gingerol, shogaol, zingerone and capsaicin, all of which increase peripheral blood flow. It reduce cellular inflammation for anti-aging skin care benefits.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizomes contain curcumin and its derivatives (curcuminoids) that are bright yellow in color. Their hydrogenated derivatives, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, are nearly colorless materials. All of them possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.
Galanga (Alpinia officinarum), also known as Galangal or Chinese ginger, contains essential oils, gingerols and a group of pungent substances, diarylheptanoids. Diarylheptanoids (and analogous phenyl alkyl ketones) possess excellent anti-arthritic properties due to their arrest of prostaglandin biosynthesis via inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase. Purified extracts of galanga, which are composed primarily of lower alkyl cinnamate esters, have UV absorbing, antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibiting properties.
Frankincense, Boswellia: Guggal (Boswellia serrata) has been used for centuries as an arthritis treatment. This biochemical mechanism provides a way to formulate skin anti-aging products via the incorporation of extracts or isolated pure compounds.
Clove Family: Clove oil and clove buds have applications as toothache and muscular pain remedies. A number of plants in this family, notably Syzygium aromaticum, Syzygium corynocarpum and Syzygium mallacense contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory constituents.
Vitis: The grape family is well known for its potent antioxidant constituents, especially procyanidins, found mostly in seeds, and resveratrol, concentrated in skins of red and black grapes. suggests their application for skin anti-aging benefits.
Trace Metals: About 30 elements are recognized as essential to life. Some are required in macroscopic amounts in essentially all forms of life: H, Na, K, Mg, Ca, C, N, O, P, S and Cl. The others occur in trace or ultra-trace quantities. Fe, Cu and Zn are at the top end of this “trace” scale. The modulation of these metalloenzymes by appropriate trace metal topical therapies can lead to new skin anti-aging ingredients and their formulation methodologies.
Rosemary: It contains some of the most promising active agents, including rosmarinic acid, and diterpenes ursolic acid, carnosic acid, carnosol, oleanolic acid, hinokiol and seco-hinokiol, rofficerone, and amyrenones, which, due to their reported strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and tyrosinase inhibiting properties.
Licorice: Glycyrrhiza glabra contains some very exciting active agents Glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, glabrol, glabridins and various liquiritins are most interesting for skin care applications due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin color (melanin) reduction benefits.
Neem: Azadirachta indica has been recognized for its antibacterial, insecticidal, antimalarial, hypoglycemic, and would-healing benefits. Recent work has shown neem extracts to possess strong antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties.
Andrographis: Neoandrographolide, one of the principal diterpene lactones, isolated from a medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata actively inhibits suggests potential for skin anti-aging applications for both andrographolide and neoandrographolide.
Pomegranate: Punica granatum provides a wealth of wonderful antioxidant and free radical neutralizing ingredients, for example, ellagic acid, gallagic acid, punicalins, and punicalagins. All are suitable for anti-aging applications, although some are not commercially available.