Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Squashes, Tomatoes and Aronia

I picked up the very first 'Hokkaido' squashes yesterday. The squash soup with some sour cream was my supper accompanied with toasted bread. 
This morning I harvested tomatoes. I have several kinds and love them mostly in salads. I prefer to eat fresh raw vegetables as much as I can.

I finally picked up Aronia berries before the bird have noticed them. Last year they literally ate all of them overnight. They are very sour to taste, make your mouth pucker. I decided to process them and made some jam. Aronia is meant to be very good to one's general health being rich in pigments with high antioxidative activity.

Our investigations have demonstrated a remarkable hepatoprotective, a very good gastro-protective and a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect of Aronia melanocarpa fruit juice in rats as well as a bacteriostatic activity in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli and an antiviral activity against type A influenza virus. Research of other authors has demonstrated that Aronia melanocarpa anthocyanins can normalize the carbohydrate metabolism in diabetic patients and in streptozotocin-diabetic rats, have an in vitro antimutagenic activity and exhibit a distinct immunomodulatory activity in human lymphocyte cultures and in patients with breast cancer, suppress the growth of human HT-29 colon cancer cells, inhibit the N-nitrosamine formation in rats and decrease the toxicity and cumulation of cadmium in liver and kidneys. Currently, there are no data in the literature about any unwanted and toxic effects of Aronia melanocarpa fruits, juice and extracts.

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