Shoot Froot – Noni

NoniNoni

Name:                   Noni

Scientific name:  Morinda citrifolia

Other names:      Great morinda, Indian mulberry, Tahitian noni, Hawaiian noni, beach mulberry, and cheese fruit

Description:

Evergreen tree originally from Southeast Asia and Australasia, related to coffee.

Its fruit are the size of potatoes and a rich source of nutrients. While it can be eaten ripe, its is often cooked or prepared as a juice for its medicinal benefits.

Nutritional Benefits:

Noni fruit  are a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins and have multiple medicinal uses.

Vitamin C (37.39%)

Carbohydrate (2.62%)

Calcium (1.01%)

Protein (0.86%)

Sodium (0.70%)

 

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, analgesic, immune system booster, treatment of cancer, anti-bacterial, cholesterol reduction,  as well as used in skin-care products.

 

ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.

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A Grain of Rice

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A Grain of Rice

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On the last day of March I found a colourful caterpillar on the wall of my garden and took it into my house to take photos. I have a vivarium and placed it on a leaf where it sat and began placing fine threads of silk near its head. I recognised this behaviour from a similar event at a different house at the end of 2004.

The next day I found that the caterpillar had removed its skin and had attached its new chrysalis form to the leaf. At this point the chrysalis was a pinkish colour and lay horizontal on the leaf.

Within a day the chrysalis had turned gold in colour – bright and metallic. I then cut the leaf before gluing it to a stick that I had suspended within the vivarium. This enabled the chrysalis to hang in a natural state until it was ready for the final stage of its metamorphosis.

On the 6th of April I returned from work at lunchtime to find that I had unfortunately missed the “birth” of the butterfly! It had emerged, had spread and dried its wings and was ready to fly. I took a couple of photographs before releasing the insect into a patch of wild vegetation next to the house. I believe the butterfly was a Mexican Fritillary. We seem to have a few species of similar-looking fritillaries in the area – I have counted a minimum of 12 different types of butterfly in just 4 square metres of the vegetation next to my house, including Swallow-tailed species.

In 2004 (and again in 2005) several caterpillars of Opsiphanes invirea, Owl butterfly, had marched up to my front door. I placed them in the vivarium and was able to do some time-lapse photography to capture the caterpillars suspending themselves to the roof of the glass tank, emerging in chrysalis form, and later as butterflies. Fascinating.

Shoot Froot – Acai

Acai

Bowl of acai wine with berries and farofa

Name:                   Acai

Scientific name:  Euterope oleracea

Other names:      Acai, acai berry, assai,

Description:

Acai fruit grows on palm trees close to the waters of the Amazon and its tributaries. Its fruit are processed to produce acai “wine”, a stable food in the Amazon Region, while its palm trunk yields palm heart, though palmito (palm heart) is more common in the Jussara palm (Euterpe edulis)

Its fruit are the size of cherries and a rich source of antioxidant. While it can be eaten in the form of “wine” in the area in which it grows (usually unsweetened pure juice with or without meat or seafood), it is exported in freeze dried form for production of ice cream, juice and cosmetics.

Nutritional Benefits:

Acai is rich in antioxidants.

Getting accurate nutritional value is difficult since most measurements are based on the freeze-dried powder and not on the fresh fruit. The powder is used to make frozen smoothie style products and ice cream which have different calorific contents.

Based on freeze dried pulp and skin (100g):

Calories 533.9 
carbohydrates 52.2 g of which 44.2g is dietary fibre
Protein 8.1 g 
total fat 32.5 g
vitamin C negligible
calcium 260 mg
iron 4.4 mg
vitamin A 1002 U  
aspartic acid 
glutamic acid

Health benefits:

Very high antioxidant benefits (said to be the highest among all natural foods.

ASG images library:

We have hundreds of acai images in stock and can shoot to order. At one point we had a specialist site (www.shootacai.com) though this is no longer supported.

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.

Shoot Froot

Our “Shoot Froot” site still exists (www.shootfroot.com) but, as we are unable to update it due technical issues with the software that we used, we are no longer adding to the site. This problem has obliged us to consider new web hosting services so, in the meantime, we have begun to load Fruit of the Month images, with supporting info, on this blog. These images will be incorporated into the new site when it is launched later this year.

Shoot Froot – Physalis

PhysalisPhysalis (Physalis peruviana)

Name:                        Physalis

Scientific name:     Physalis peruviana

Other names:          Aztec Berry, Barbados Gooseberry, bladderberry, Cape Gooseberry, Cherry Tomato Goldenberry, Gooseberry-Tomato, goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Inca Berry, obra cabbage, Peruvian Cherry, Peruvian Ground Cherry, Poha, Poha Berry, Strawberry Tomato, Winter Cherry

Description:

Herbaceous plant that can be annual or perennial. Various species and cultivars.

The fruit can be eaten raw, used in salads, used as a flavouring, made into fruit preserves, or dried and used like raisins. Physalis fruit contains pectin.

Nutritional Benefits:

Physalis fruit are rich in cryptoxanthin and are a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Vitamin B3 (24.50%),

Iron (17.50%),

Vitamin (17.11%),

Vitamin B1 (12.83%),

Carbohydrate (12.06%)

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, protects liver and kidney against fibrosis, aid a healthy pregnancy, provides relief of arthritic pain, improves cognitive ability, aids cardiovascular functions, improves eyesight

ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

 

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.

Image Categories

We have been asked to simplify navigation on the site by reducing the number of categories. As a result we have eliminated the “Images not on sale” section and have placed those images in the Monochrome and Colour sections. All images will now be annotated in terms of availability for sale and, where appropriate, the number of editions available.

Books by Alan Skyrme

Alan Skyrme has published articles, reviews and books. The most recent book to be published is a pocket guide: “Collecting Fine Art Photographic Prints” and is available through Amazon.com or Barns and Noble.

A copy of this book is provided free with Alan Skyrme’s fine art prints.

Shoot Froot – Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranate fruit with flower and leaves

Name:                   Pomegranate

Scientific name:  Punica granatum

Other names:      Pomegranate, punic apple, granatapfel, granada, grenade, melograno, melagrana

 

Description:

The plant is an evergreen shrub that originated in the Middle East / Northern India. The juice and the fruit peel are used for culinary and medicinal products. The juice is very popular in Turkey where street vendors sell glasses and jars of the juice for consumption by pedestrians.

 

Nutritional Benefits:

Pomegranates are rich antioxidant and a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Copper, Cu 0.275 mg (30.56%)

Carbohydrate 32.54 g (25.03%)

Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 28.5 µg (23.75%)

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 17.7 mg (19.67%)

Total dietary fibre 7 g (18.42%)

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 66 µg (16.50%)

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.656 mg (13.12%)

 

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits (cancer treatment, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, prostate treatment, blood pressure, anaemia etc.

 

ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

 

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.

Shoot Froot – Acerola

Acerola

Acerola (Malpighia glabra) or Acerolla

Name:                   Acerola

Scientific name:  Malpighia emarginata

Other names:      Acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle

 

Description:

Evergreen shrub origially from Yucatan, Mexico.

The cherry-sized drupes are juicy and a rich source of vitamin C. It can be eaten ripe, prepared as a juice, or preserved in the form of jam, jelly or syrup.

 

Nutritional Benefits:

Acerola fruit are rich in vitamin C and are a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 1644 mg (1826.67%)

Copper, Cu 0.084 mg (9.33%)

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.303 mg (6.06%)

Carbohydrate 7.54 g (5.80%)

Vitamin A 37 µg (5.29%)

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.059 mg (4.54%)

 

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, prevents liver damage, treats diarrhoea and dysentery, acts as a cold and cough remedy. Also used to prevent diabetes and obesity.

 

ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

 

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.

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