Four Fruits You’ve Never Heard of and How to Eat Them 0 539

super-fruits

Discover some of the most popular fruits from four different countries that are nutritious, delicious, and difficult to pronounce. Most of these fruits are unlikely to be found outside of their native areas, which makes visiting the local produce market when traveling one of the most exciting activities in order understand the flavor of a particular culture and what drives its cuisine. 

Feijoa, New Zealand
Feijoa, a popular fruit in New Zealand.

Feijoa, New Zealand

Feijoa is a fruit that Kiwis (the people from New Zealand, not the fruit) want the world to discover but hasn’t quite caught on to yet. This beautiful fruit resembles a large avocado or gigantic lime from the outside but with a sweet pulp on the inside that can be scooped out with a spoon and eaten directly or commonly stewed down and put over top of cereal or other dishes in New Zealand. The fruit almost certainly originates from Brazil but is heavily cultivated in New Zealand and is hugely popular all over the island. Feijoa is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B, just to add to its appeal. If youre looking for a new fruit to love, listen to the people who call themselves after a fruit and try out the Kiwis beloved Feijoa.

Jabuticaba, Brazil
Jabuticaba is difficult to find outside of Brazil or South America.

Jabuticaba, Brazil

There are a plethora of unique, strange, yet delicious fruits that hail from Brazil including the Jabuticaba. Jabuticaba is a fruit the grows on the trunk of the tree, rather than from the leaves. A visit to Brazil will allow you to marvel at the beauty of these strange fruit trees. The fruit itself looks like an oversized black grape which is harvested from the trunk of the tree and eaten fresh like grapes. The flesh is fragrant and soft, with a flavor close to lychee but altogether unique with acidic, bitter skins. It is usually eaten fresh but can be found made into jams and juices. Due to the fruit’s highly fermentable nature, it is sometimes used to make alcohol but it doesnt travel very well, making it difficult to find outside of Brazil or South America.

Mamey, Mexico
Mamey is a popular choice amongst Mexican locals.

Mamey, Mexico

Mamey is a fruit that is native to the tropical areas of Mexico and Central America and can be found all over Mexico. Mamey looks like a gigantic melon with an orange pulp and gigantic pit inside. The flavor is incredibly unique – tasting of pumpkin, cherry, and melon yet altogether distinct. When ordering a licuadoor fruit juice, mamey is a popular choice amongst locals but this fruit is used for more than just eating. The pit is toxic, but boiling the pit allows it to be consumed and is used to make chocolate drinks and is even used to make shampoos! Not only is this fruit flavorful and useful, but it is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, iron, potassium, and is even said to help lower anxiety.

Guanábana, Colombia
Guanábana is extremely nutritious and is considered a superfruit.

Guanábana, Colombia

We all know about some of the most popular Colombian fruits like passionfruit, guava, and mango, but we are missing out on one very important fruit that is widely eaten in Colombia, Guanábana. This spiky, green fruit is the shape of a gigantic egg with white, slimy pulp that is said to cure just about everything, from asthma to cancer. While I wouldnt count on the fruit curing cancer, it is extremely nutritious and considered a superfruit, high in antioxidants with a huge amount of vitamin C and vitamin B. Ganábana is most commonly consumed as a juice or batido when it is blended with milk, lime juice, and sugar.

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Olivia Ragni is a wine professional from the United States who is studying Viticulture and Enology in Europe. She works as a freelance writer focusing on travel, food, wine, and culture. Her passion for wine and culture takes her around the world, rarely living in one country for more than an year. She hopes her stories will inspire others to embrace the unknown, drink smarter, and travel more often.

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Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 225

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

How to Pack Your Bathroom into Your Suitcase: Tips for Lightweight Traveling 0 6411

Suitcase Packing

Traveling with toiletries in carry-on luggage can be a bit tricky. Between the size restrictions on liquids and trying to stuff all of your liquids into a small zip-lock bag, things get frustrating. Below you can find some tips for packing your bathroom into a suitcase in order to help you travel lighter and smarter.

TSA 3-1-1 Rule
TSA 3-1-1 Rule

Tip 1: Don’t pack it if you are not certain that you need it.

Rethink everything you put in your suitcase, especially when it comes to toiletries. Many people try to put every product they have in their bathroom into their suitcase just in case they might need it. Remember, it’s easy to purchase toiletries just about anywhere you travel. A forgotten item is not the end of the world, simply head down to the local supermarket, drugstore, or pharmacy where ever you’re traveling and purchase that forgotten item.

Tip 2: Small Traveling Toiletry Bags with a clear counterpart

Having all your bathroom items in one spot makes traveling much easier. Find a small, flat, toiletry bag with multiple compartments that can fit your makeup, shower items, creams, brushes, and razors. But most importantly, search for a bag that has a clear compartment for your liquids, so that you can easily remove it from your carry-on when going through airport security.

Tip 3: Forget Travel-Sized Toothpaste

Stop buying travel-sized toothpaste, it is completely unnecessary. Standard-sized toothpaste tubes meet the liquids size requirements. Grab the toothpaste you use every day from your bathroom and bring it along with you, it is already small and lightweight so it won’t take up much space or weight you down, and it will save you a bit of money.

Tip 4: Travel-Sized Face Moisturizer

One of the hardest things to find is usually travel-sized face lotion. Finding a face lotion that fits the appropriate carry-on requirements is nearly impossible in the supermarkets and drug stores. After much searching, we found that Sanseti (https://www.sanseti.com/product/revitalizing-marine-moisturizer/) sells a fantastic face moisturizer that comes in 2-ounce jars, perfect for travel.  Don’t be afraid of the quantity, a little bit of this goes a long way.

Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer
Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Tip 5: When packing makeup: Less is more

Just take the essentials. Don’t take the whole makeup bag which surely has products in there that you never or rarely use. Select the products you use every day and put them into a small makeup bag for travel, ditching the items that you won’t need.

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