Japanese researchers create tasty new banana with a thin edible peel

February 5, 2018 by  
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Researchers in Japan have developed a new banana , which possesses a peel thin enough to eat. According to Quartz , the researchers developed the Mongee Banana using the freeze thaw awakening method – and sell the sweet treat for around $6 a pop. Here’s how freeze thaw awakening works: bananas tend to be cultivated in tropical locations, with temperatures staying around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but D&T Farm keeps their banana trees in temperatures of around negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit before replanting them in 80 degrees Fahrenheit environments. This prompts the bananas to grow rapidly, so the peel doesn’t completely mature and ends up thin, soft, and delicious, according to Quartz. National Geographic explained the fruit “matures before the skin can catch up.” Related: Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead HI Kyosyke ! Have you tasted it? Mongee Banana, the most interresting thing about this banana is that you can eat the skin! I'ts only grown in OKAYAMA Perfecture, and they only sell 10 bananas per week. D&T Farm in Okayama. @ffffujiwara pic.twitter.com/jLKj1FCnSx — hapa (@hapahr) January 27, 2018 The company says on the Mongee Banana website the product is not genetically modified , and is pesticide -free. The peel contains extra zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, tryptophan, and sugar – Quartz cited Japanese media as saying the banana actually contains 24.8 grams of sugar, beating a regular banana’s sugar content of around 18 grams. They also cited taste-testers at outlet Rocket News 24 as saying the banana smelled similar to a pineapple and had a tropical taste. Mashable said the edible skin has a lettuce-like texture. Good luck snagging one of these fruits, though. Mongee Bananas are available in tiny, 10-banana batches, and one will run you $6. But Quartz said D&T Farm hopes to expand and is looking for more banana farmers. The banana is Japan’s most popular fruit, although they currently import 99 percent of the bananas they eat. + Mongee Banana Via Quartz , Mashable , and National Geographic Images via Depositphotos and Lotte Löhr on Unsplash

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This amazing tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit

August 30, 2016 by  
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In a magical marriage of art and nature, artist Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit . The Syracuse University professor created the hybridized fruit tree, which grows more than 40 different kinds of stone fruit ranging from cherries and plums to peaches, apricots and almonds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik3l4U_17bI Aken was raised on a farm and he bought an orchard in New York that was in danger of being shut down. In the process he saved many rare varieties of fruit and started experimenting with hybridizing the trees to create his Tree of 40 Fruit . He created the tree by grafting parts of many different kinds of fruit trees onto a single tree. The grafted branches grow to become part of the main tree but produce different fruit, as well as a mosaic of multi-colored blossoms in the spring that are a sight to behold. Related: 7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming your Backyard into a Food Forest “First and foremost I see the tree as an artwork,” Van Aken told Epicurious . “I want the tree to interrupt and transform the everyday. When the tree unexpectedly blossoms in different colors, or you see these different types of fruit hanging from its branches, it not only changes the way you look at it, but it changes the way you perceive [things] in general.” Thus far the artist has grown 16 of these magical trees that are dispersed throughout the country in museums, community centers and private art collections. Van Aken is now working on plans to grow a small orchard of his fantastical trees in New York City. + Tree of 40 Fruit Images via Tree of 40 Fruit

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Incredible daylit house in Vietnam is filled with living trees

August 30, 2016 by  
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The architects at 3 Atelier designed the tranquil home for their uncle and his family. The idea for the house emerged during the construction of another of the firm’s projects located in Di Linh Highland. While selecting materials for the project, the uncle mentioned his desire to move away from the local market, where he sold rubber shoes and clothes. He then commissioned 3 Atelier to design a house that would encourage his kids to play and experience nature. Related: Morphing cubby house gives kids control of play space The new house is located next to a highway, but it manages to provide a tranquil environment with plenty of privacy. The structure is made from a variety of traditional and modern materials that reference the parents’ childhood houses. + 3 Atelier Via Archdaily Photos by Quang Dam

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This Japanese robot-hat will feed you tomatoes while you jog

February 26, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. File under ‘things we never knew we needed’… and are actually pretty sure we still don’t: this robot/hat/backpack contraption by Japanese ketchup kings Kagome will feed you a steady stream of tomatoes while you go for a run. According to the AFP “The Tomatan is a backpack that can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes —e nough, say the makers, to power runners through [last] weekend’s Tokyo Marathon.” Because, it turns out, tomatoes are really good at fighting fatigue. The downside? The contraption weighs in at 18lbs, so one might want to consider just packing a banana or two instead. Via Slate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fruit , kagome , nutrition , nutrition for runners , robot backpack , robto , sustainable food , tokyo marathon , tomato , tomato bot , tomatoes , tomaton , weird robot

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This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

September 23, 2014 by  
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Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional prospect is actually a reality at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Tree Fruit, Nut Crops and Grapes – a 70-acre facility in Davis, California that contains two each of hundreds of these species grown in California’s past or present agriculture industry . Read the rest of This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , California , change , climate , cloning , food , fruit , germplasm , global , grape , nut , repositry , security , warming

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Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

August 23, 2014 by  
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It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods: Read More > Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: falling fruit , falling fruit map , Falling Fruit neighborhood fruit , foraging , foraging for food , foraging for local food , foraging fruit , foraging local food , foraging local fruit , foraging maps , foraging resources , local foraging , local fruit , local produce , public access fruit

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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness

August 4, 2014 by  
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It’s the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all of which can be enjoyed in the moment and preserved for later. Produce never tastes as good as when it’s naturally in season (and local!), and the fruits or vegetables we preserve at this time of year will taste so much better than the pallid, imported offerings we’ll find at the supermarket over the winter. Juices are summery delights that are incredibly easy to preserve, as they only require a water bath instead of a pressure-canner, so grab some local produce and get canning! Read the rest of How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canning , citrus , DIY , fruit , fruit juice , grapefruit , home canning , oranges , peaches , preserves , preserving , tomatoes , vegetable juice

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Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

August 4, 2014 by  
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Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

July 29, 2014 by  
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In a magical marriage of art and nature, Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit . Artist and Syracuse University art professor Aken created the hybridized fruit tree, which grows more than 40 different kinds of stone fruit ranging from cherries and plums to peaches, apricots and almonds. Read the rest of Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 40 , Art , Artist , BLOOM , blossom , fruit , SAM , syracuse , Tree , university , van aken

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Scaly Anteater Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

July 29, 2014 by  
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Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animal is being poaching to extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa, but they are so popular as a meal in Vietnam and China that all eight species have recently been upgraded to threatened. In fact, it is getting so hard to keep up with demand that a thriving poaching trade between Asia and Africa has popped up. Read the rest of Scaly Anteater Being Poached to the Point of Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: endangered species , Pangolin , Pangolin being eaten to death , Pangolin endangered , Pangolin meat , Pangolin poaching , Pangolin red list status , Pangolin threatened , Scaly anteater , scaly anteater endangered , Scaly anteater poaching , scaly anteater red list status , Scaly anteater threatened , worlds most traded animal

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