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Gac Fruit A Superfood For Turbo Charging Pizzas

by: Hans van der Broek
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Gac Fruit is An Asian superfood, found throughout the region from Southern China to Northeastern Australia. It is also known as Baby Jackfruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet Gourd, or Cochinchin Gourd. Well, if you like to 'speed up' your health and want to 'live a little longer, you read all about: Gac fruit Is A Superfood For Turbo Charging Pizzas.

Gac The Amazing Plant 

Because Gac has a relatively short harvest season (harvest normally starts about 8 months after planting, harvest only lasts for 2 months), making it less abundant than other foods, gac is typically served at ceremonial or festive occasions in Vietnam.

This probably also accounts for why the fruit is not known better throughout the rest of the world, commercial businesses do not like to deal with fruits with a short season, and the fruit must be ripe when harvested; it cannot be picked green and shipped like bananas.

It is most commonly prepared as a dish called xôi gac, in which the aril and seeds of the fruit are cooked in glutinous rice, imparting both their color and flavor. The fruit has begun to be marketed outside of Asia in juice dietary supplements because of its allegedly high phytonutrient content.

Gac fruit a superfood for turbo charging pizzas
Gac fruit, the superfood, contains carotenoids such as beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin E. Fatty acids in the aril oil may facilitate the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, including carotenoids.

Gac grows on dioecious vines and is usually collected from fence climbers or wild plants. This means male flowers on one plant, female on another; you will probably need about 10 plants to make sure you have a combination of male/female plants. The vines can be commonly seen growing on lattices at the entrances to rural homes or in gardens. It only fruits once a year and is found seasonally in local markets.


                                                              Gac Fruit, superfood taste test | fruity fruits

The fruit becomes a dark orange color upon ripening and is typically round or oblong, maturing to about 13 cm in length and 10 cm in diameter. Its exterior skin is covered in small spines, while its dark red interior consists of clusters of fleshy pulp and seeds. Besides its fruit and leaves for special Vietnamese culinary dishes, gac is also used for its medicinal and nutritional properties. In Vietnam, the seed membranes are used to aid in the relief of dry eyes and promote healthy vision.

Similarly, in Traditional Chinese medicine, gac seeds, known as mubiezi, are employed for various internal and external purposes. Recent attention is also beginning to be attracted in the West because of the fruit's chemical analysis, suggesting that it has high concentrations of several important phytonutrients.
3 Gac fruit the superfood

Gac fruit. The prickly orange powerhouse boasts a blast of antioxidants.

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Gac is especially high in lycopene content. Relative to mass, it contains up to 70 times the amount of lycopene found in tomatoes. It has also been found to contain up to 10 times the beta-carotene of carrots or sweet potatoes. Additionally, the carotenoids present in gac are bound to long-chain fatty acids, resulting in what is claimed to be a more bioavailable form. There has also been recent research that suggests that gac contains a protein that may inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells.

Carotenoids in plants are the primary dietary source of vitamin A worldwide. The most efficient pro-vitamin A carotenoid is beta-carotene, abundant in yellow and orange fruits, such as mangoes, papayas, yams, green leafy vegetables spinach, and kale sweet potato leaves, and sweet gourd leaves.

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Consumption of foods rich in b-carotene theoretically replete individuals to a healthy vitamin A status. Gac is remarkably high in beta-carotene. It is an outstanding potential resource as a natural cure for Vitamin A deficiency. It could be said that the Vietnamese people have the lightest, smoothest, and healthiest skin of all Asian races. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated the skin rejuvenating, toning, and youth-enhancing benefits of Gac oil and recent products have been introduced to capitalize on this.

Gac Fruit: What Does Gac Superfood Taste Like?

Gac fruit superfood, glass, red juice

Gac flesh and oily sacs are quite palatable and have very little taste; it could be described as a very mild taste, in the same way that a cucumber has very little taste. It is only slightly sweet or not sweet, and it would not be described as delicious, more like plain or no taste. The mesocarp (light orange outer fleshy part under the spiny skin) has a soft spongy texture. It is normally discarded (composted!). When the seeds and oil sac are cooked with rice, they impart a lustrous appearance and oil-rich, mild nutty flavor to the rice.

A convenient way to prepare Gac is to drop the seed sacs into a pot of tomato sauce and cook briefly for Western diets. Of course, suppose your tomato sauce already has a rich tomato taste and contains some other healthy oils like olive oil. In that case, the Gac imparts almost no detectable flavor to the tomato sauce while turbo-charging it with phytonutrients. Use it to make some pizza or lasagna!

Gac Seeds. Harvest, Dry, And Use

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Gac fruit, superfood seeds

Gac seeds are brown and look like small meteorites with gagged edges and black lines running through them. They are about the size of a half-dollar piece and about 1/4 inch thick. Approximately 200-300 seeds in 1 kilogram. They have one small hole on one end. This is where the vine will emerge at germination. How to germinate Gac seeds?
Like all seeds, Gac seeds need oxygen, water, and light to germinate. Clay soils do not allow for the passage of oxygen. Planting any seed deep in wet clay soil is a good way to prevent oxygen and light from reaching it, which will result in poor germination results and rotted seeds. Do not use straight potting soil for the same reason.

The seeds should be planted immediately upon receipt. The seeds should be placed half-submerged in a well-draining soil mix. A good mix to use is our WonderSoil Reground Mix, or you can purchase a good seed starting mix like MiracleGro Seed Mix at most any gardening center.

The seeds have one opening, and this should be placed down in the soil. This is where the vine will emerge at germination. Warmth, air circulation, and bright light are required for germination. Seeds are easy to germinate, and they will germinate in 7-14 days. The germination rate is usually around 80%.

Gac is a tropical vine plant that grows almost 20 feet long on a fence or covers an overhead arbor; it can be grown outside in zone 9 and higher. It can be grown as an annual plant in cooler climates and large tubs in warm greenhouses. For northern states, start inside in early winter in a warm spot with bright light ( it will get big before spring, use at least a 5-gallon container ) and transplant outside after the last frost in spring. This plant needs about 8 months to fruit from the time it is planted, so start seeds accordingly.

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Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)

 

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Gac Fruit A Superfood For Turbo Charging Pizzas

Gac Fruit is An Asian superfood, found throughout the region from Southern China to Northeastern Australia. It is also known as Baby Jackfruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet Gourd, or Cochinchin Gourd. Well, if you like to 'speed up' your health and want to 'live a little longer, you read all about: Gac fruit Is A Superfood For Turbo Charging Pizzas. Gac The Amazing Plant  Because Gac has a relatively short harvest season (harvest normally starts about 8 months after planting, harvest only lasts for 2 months), making it less abundant than other foods, gac is typically served at ceremonial or festive occasions in Vietnam. This probably also accounts for why the fruit is not known better throughout the rest of the world, commercial businesses do not like to deal with fruits with a short season, and the fruit must be ripe when harvested; it cannot be picked green and shipped like bananas. It is most commonly prepared as a dish called xôi gac, in which the aril and seeds of the fruit are cooked in glutinous rice, imparting both their color and flavor. The fruit has begun to be marketed outside of Asia in juice dietary supplements because of its allegedly high phytonutrient content. Gac fruit, the superfood, contains carotenoids such as beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin E. Fatty acids in the aril oil may facilitate the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, including carotenoids. Gac grows on dioecious vines and is usually collected from fence climbers or wild plants. This means male flowers on one plant, female on another; you will probably need about 10 plants to make sure you have a combination of male/female plants. The vines can be commonly seen growing on lattices at the entrances to rural homes or in gardens. It only fruits once a year and is found seasonally in local markets. {youtube}                                                               Gac Fruit, superfood taste test | fruity fruits The fruit becomes a dark orange color upon ripening and is typically round or oblong, maturing to about 13 cm in length and 10 cm in diameter. Its exterior skin is covered in small spines, while its dark red interior consists of clusters of fleshy pulp and seeds. Besides its fruit and leaves for special Vietnamese culinary dishes, gac is also used for its medicinal and nutritional properties. In Vietnam, the seed membranes are used to aid in the relief of dry eyes and promote healthy vision. Similarly, in Traditional Chinese medicine, gac seeds, known as mubiezi, are employed for various internal and external purposes. Recent attention is also beginning to be attracted in the West because of the fruit's chemical analysis, suggesting that it has high concentrations of several important phytonutrients. Gac fruit. The prickly orange powerhouse boasts a blast of antioxidants. Recommended:   Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy Food In Cities Gac is especially high in lycopene content. Relative to mass, it contains up to 70 times the amount of lycopene found in tomatoes. It has also been found to contain up to 10 times the beta-carotene of carrots or sweet potatoes. Additionally, the carotenoids present in gac are bound to long-chain fatty acids, resulting in what is claimed to be a more bioavailable form. There has also been recent research that suggests that gac contains a protein that may inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells. Carotenoids in plants are the primary dietary source of vitamin A worldwide. The most efficient pro-vitamin A carotenoid is beta-carotene, abundant in yellow and orange fruits, such as mangoes, papayas, yams, green leafy vegetables spinach, and kale sweet potato leaves, and sweet gourd leaves. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming At Sea In Italy Consumption of foods rich in b-carotene theoretically replete individuals to a healthy vitamin A status. Gac is remarkably high in beta-carotene. It is an outstanding potential resource as a natural cure for Vitamin A deficiency. It could be said that the Vietnamese people have the lightest, smoothest, and healthiest skin of all Asian races. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated the skin rejuvenating, toning, and youth-enhancing benefits of Gac oil and recent products have been introduced to capitalize on this. Gac Fruit: What Does Gac Superfood Taste Like? Gac flesh and oily sacs are quite palatable and have very little taste; it could be described as a very mild taste, in the same way that a cucumber has very little taste. It is only slightly sweet or not sweet, and it would not be described as delicious, more like plain or no taste. The mesocarp (light orange outer fleshy part under the spiny skin) has a soft spongy texture. It is normally discarded (composted!). When the seeds and oil sac are cooked with rice, they impart a lustrous appearance and oil-rich, mild nutty flavor to the rice. A convenient way to prepare Gac is to drop the seed sacs into a pot of tomato sauce and cook briefly for Western diets. Of course, suppose your tomato sauce already has a rich tomato taste and contains some other healthy oils like olive oil. In that case, the Gac imparts almost no detectable flavor to the tomato sauce while turbo-charging it with phytonutrients. Use it to make some pizza or lasagna! Gac Seeds. Harvest, Dry, And Use Gac fruit, superfood seeds Gac seeds are brown and look like small meteorites with gagged edges and black lines running through them. They are about the size of a half-dollar piece and about 1/4 inch thick. Approximately 200-300 seeds in 1 kilogram. They have one small hole on one end. This is where the vine will emerge at germination. How to germinate Gac seeds? Like all seeds, Gac seeds need oxygen, water, and light to germinate. Clay soils do not allow for the passage of oxygen. Planting any seed deep in wet clay soil is a good way to prevent oxygen and light from reaching it, which will result in poor germination results and rotted seeds. Do not use straight potting soil for the same reason. The seeds should be planted immediately upon receipt. The seeds should be placed half-submerged in a well-draining soil mix. A good mix to use is our WonderSoil Reground Mix, or you can purchase a good seed starting mix like MiracleGro Seed Mix at most any gardening center. The seeds have one opening, and this should be placed down in the soil. This is where the vine will emerge at germination. Warmth, air circulation, and bright light are required for germination. Seeds are easy to germinate, and they will germinate in 7-14 days. The germination rate is usually around 80%. Gac is a tropical vine plant that grows almost 20 feet long on a fence or covers an overhead arbor; it can be grown outside in zone 9 and higher. It can be grown as an annual plant in cooler climates and large tubs in warm greenhouses. For northern states, start inside in early winter in a warm spot with bright light ( it will get big before spring, use at least a 5-gallon container ) and transplant outside after the last frost in spring. This plant needs about 8 months to fruit from the time it is planted, so start seeds accordingly. Before you go! Recommended:  New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Lots Of Attention In The Netherlands Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about growing your own food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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