Chinotto

What is chinotto? Chinotto ( Citrus x myrtifolia ) is both the common term for an arboreal plant belonging to the Rutaceae family, and the noun used to indicate its fruits, but also the name of a famous carbonated soft drink based on the latter. The chinotto tree, descendant from the bitter orange , is distinguished by the characteristic shape…

Cherimoya

What is Cherimoya The cherimoya , also written chirimoya , is the fruit of a plant belonging to the genus Annona , species cherimola ; the binomial nomenclature of this vegetable is Annona cherimola . Other related species of the Annona genus are: squamosa , reticulate and muricata . The latter, known as graviola , is particularly known for the alleged (and never confirmed by clinical studies) anti-tumor properties of its fruits. The cherimoya is…

Boiled Chestnuts

Chestnuts General information on boiled chestnuts Chestnuts can be eaten fresh, boiled or roasted, or dried and ground into flour . In this article we will talk about boiled chestnuts, one of the most characteristic Italian dishes based on these starchy fruits. Typical of the autumn season, boiled chestnuts are eaten especially at the end of a meal,…

Carambola – Fruit

Things What is starfruit? Carambola – in English “starfruit” – is the name of a fleshy fruit produced by the arboreal plant of the same name – of the botanical family Oxalidaceae, genus Averrhoa and carambola species – native to the Asian continent; today it is also cultivated in South America, the Middle East, the islands of the Pacific…

Persimmon Apple

General information and characteristics Persimmon apple , kaki apple or cacomela are the nouns with which, in common language, some varieties referring to the botanical species Diospyros kaki are identified . Commercial interest is specifically aimed at the Hana Fuyu, O’Gosho, Fuyu and Jiro varieties . Compared to “normal” persimmons , for the reasons we will see later, apple persimmons do not have a…

Bananas and Diabetes

Nutritional Properties Bananas are highly energetic fruits, containing 12-13g of simple carbohydrates per 100g of edible part: this characteristic makes them not suitable for frequent consumption in presence of diabetes mellitus. Sugars contained in bananas are 83% monosaccharides or small polymers and the content of dietary fiber is very low, about 1.8g. The result is…

Baby Kiwi

What They Are What are baby kiwis? Baby kiwis – or mini kiwis, as they are called – are a particular type of gooseberry that produces very small fruits. From a nutritional point of view, mini kiwis belong to the VII fundamental food group – fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. In the context…

Avocado: Nutritional Properties, Role in Diet and How to Eat It

What it is What is avocado? Avocado is the common name used to indicate a tropical fruit and the Central American plant that produces it (P. americana, of the botanical Family Lauraceae). Despite belonging to the category of fleshy fruits, avocado does not have the chemical characteristics of the products we are more used to…

Pineapple in Syrup

What it is What is pineapple in syrup? Pineapple in syrup is a long shelf life food that belongs to the preserved fruit and syrupy fruit subset. Fresh pineapple – the fruit of the tree belonging to the botanical genus and species Ananas comosus – belongs to the VI-VII fundamental group of foods – fruits…

Amarena and Amareno

Generalities and Description The sour cherry (also called sour cherry) is the fruit of the sour cherry, a tree belonging to the family Rosaceae, Genus Prunus, Species cerasus. The binomial nomenclature of black cherry is Prunus Cerasus. Black cherry is a tree which can reach 8 meters (26 feet) and is characterized by green leaves…