Tag - A-Z Fruit Celebration

“X” is for Ximenia Fruit!

by Dr. Marli Botha Ximenia, also known as a sourplum (“suurpruim”), is a small tree or small shrub that is thinly branched. In particular, the sourplum is native to regions in South East Africa, mainly Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The fruit are generally sour with a dry aftertaste, however...

“V” is for Vitamins!

by Dr. Marli Botha A vitamin is an organic molecule (or related set of molecules) that is an essential micronutrient that an organism needs in small quantities for the proper functioning of its metabolism. Essential nutrients cannot be synthesized in the organism, either at all or not in sufficient quantities, and therefore must be obtained through...

“U” is for Ugli!

by Dr. Marli Botha The Ugli fruit also known as the Jamaican tangelo, is a citrus fruit that arose through the natural hybridization of a tangerine or orange with a grapefruit (or pomelo). The name being a variation of the word "ugly", which refers to the fruit's unsightly appearance, with rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind, wrapped loosely...

Pineapple Mango - Magalies Citrus A-Z Fruit Celebration

“P” is for Pineapple

by Dr Marli Botha Q: When is an apple not an apple? A: When it's a pineapple! Jokes aside, pineapples are tropical fruit that is rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid in digestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories. Not that you need...

Quince Jelly - Magalies Citrus

“Q” is for Quince!

by Dr Marli Botha Quince is an ancient fruit, found in Roman cooking and grown across Turkey and Southeast Asia. It grows on small trees and is closely related to apples and pears, but it lacks their immediate edibility and appeal. Quince may be the most difficult, yet consequently, rewarding fruit ever encountered, it's completely inedible...