The legend of the dragon fruit

When you look at a dragon fruit the origins of its common name may appear obvious.But despite the fact that they are now grown in suitable climates all over the world – dragon fruit are actually native to Central and South America.

Not necessarily the land of dragons you may think. Pitaya or Pitahaya, as they were always known in their native land, are one of the most widely distributed members of the cactaceae family.

Genus Hylocereus has three species of dragon fruit and there is one additional species in the genus Selenicereus. [Read more…]

Tomatoes reduce skin ageing

Most women – and increasing numbers of men – worry about skin ageing and nothing worries women more than the damage caused by the sun.  Age spots, premature wrinkles, sagging skin – we love the sun we just hate what it does to us.

Look at any women’s magazine or visit any skin care forum online and questions about reversing or preventing sun damage take up a lot of copy space.

Increasingly women are demanding natural solutions to skin aging and a familiar and much loved kitchen ingredient could be the answer – the tomato.Or to be more precise – tomato paste. [Read more…]