Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Pepino Fruit

Pepino is known by many names such as pepino melon, melumber, melon pear, tree melon, melon shrub, mellowfruit, and melosa. In Indonesia, the pepino fruit is also known by the name of god and Husada purple fruit melody. Pepino name it self is derived from Spanish, which means cucumber pepino dulce sweet that it tastes like a combination of cucumber, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. Pepino have varying shapes and sizes, some shaped like a teardrop, oval, or long like eggplant. Weighing can reach 1 / 2 kg with a length of ± 15 cm. Typical fruit-flavored, soft-textured, juicy, and edible seeds. Pepino can be made juice, mixed salad, fruit ice, or eaten directly.

There are two types of pepino in Indonesia, namely:
  1. Pepino purple, which has purple skin and white spots with dark purple hue lines
  2. Pepino white, greenish white or ivory with shades of purple lines that can turn yellowish when ripe.
Pepino fruit benefits:

1. Pepino contain high vitamin C, suitable for treating canker sores, increase endurance, and lower blood pressure. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant to slow the aging process, lowers the risk of heart disease, and brain damage. Vitamin C is also needed to produce collagen which is important for growth and repair of damaged tissue. To get the maximum benefit of vitamin C, pepino consumption in the form of fresh food by direct or created juice.

2. Pepino minerals containing potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Potassium also helps maintain electrolyte body, regulate heart rate, lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease. Pepino consumption is highly recommended for patients with hypertension and heart disease.

3. Pepino is also beneficial for diabetics because it acts to control the rate of sugar in the blood, because the fibers can bind to the carcinogens trigger cancer in the digestive tract.

4. Pepino is believed to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, indigestion and high blood pressure because the fiber content.

5. Pepino purple, many containing beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a provitamin A, which the body is converted into vitamin A which is very useful in the process of vision, reproduction, and metabolism. Also known as the antioxidant beta-carotene cancer prevention.


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