guanábana – 4m preparation finalized transplanting fruit trees

After more than 4 month of preparations and planning, this week we have been transplanting about almost 1000 guanábana tropical fruit trees. The plants seem to really like this climate and the geology of step hills here. Wikipedia: It’s tolerant of poor soil and prefers lowland areas between the altitudes of 0 metres to 1200 metres. It cannot stand frost. So in a nutshell perfect for our location at the edge of the amazonas region in Ecuador.

Image: guanabana tropical fruit

You have probably never heard of a guanábana fruit yet. It grows in many parts of the world and is known by many names. In the US&A it’s called “Soursop”. In Spain it is known as “Graviola”, in Ecuador and many other Latin American countries it is known as la ‘Guanábana’ (Annona muricata).

The flavour of the guanábana fruit is delicious – literally like a combination of strawberry and pineapple with an underlying creamy flavor of coconut or banana. Nothing less complex.

Although its rind is quite bitter, the fruit’s flesh is soft, smooth and sweet, and provides healthy carbohydrates as its major nutrient. Guanábana also contains a significant amount of vitamin C and several B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, along with a high amount of alkaline forming calcium, an important mineral for bone health.

During the last 4 month we have been preparing this moment where we would finally transplant the Guanábana trees at finca PermaTree. Due to the fast growing pasture we had to clear cut the 3Ha all by hand before being able to make the specific measurements and then dig all of the holes for the plants. Then we found a high quality supplier for the needed amount of organic matter where we chose to mix two different types together. Every plant got about 1kg of organic matter. After one week of hard work among 7 we did it! Yeah.

Tropical Fruits at PermaTree in Amazonas Region of Ecuador

Tropical Fruits at finca PermaTree at the edge of the amazonas region in Ecuador, South America. We are between the warm tropical / subtropical lowlands and the cool sierra region.

We are growing a extreme diverse mix of common tropical fruit with native species to Ecuador and Latin America, as well as many new varieties from the Asian continent with similar tropical climate. Our goal is to have food forest with a vast variety of tasty, healthy fruits.

Fruit Forest

Our goal with finca PermaTree here, is to grow all of the existing possible exotic fruits of the planet in one place. Just because we can. And maybe because we the humans are ending natural diversity and this is a growing future issue for the next generations of humans on the planet. We are not here to save the planet or whatever… The planet does not need us. WE need the planet earth.

All-ready harvesting tropical fruits from

  • Papaya  
    Papaya / Paw Paw – Carica papaya
  • Sapote
    Sapote – Nahuatl tzapotl
  • Guaba / Ice-cream-bean 
    Guaba (Ice cream bean) Inga edulis
  •  
    Maracuya – passiflora maliformis  (Passionfruit) Yellow skin

  • Granadilla – passiflora ligularis (Passionfruit) Orange skin
  •  
    Plátano (Plantain) Musa paradisiaca
  • Guineo / Banana  
    Guineo (Bananas)  Yellow / Reddish
  • Opening ripe Cacao pods 
    Cacao (Cocoa) Theobroma cacao

  • Caña de azúcar (Sugar cane) Saccharum officinarum

  • Guayaba (Guava) Psidium guajava

  • Naranjilla (Lulo) Solanum quitoense
  • Mango 
    Mango – Mangifera indica
  • Piña - Pineapple  
    Piña (Pineapple) Ananas comosus

 

 

 

Sooner or later to be harvested exotic fruits:

  • Guanabana / corazon-de-india / Soursop
    Guanábana (Soursop) Annona muricata
  • Coconut 
    Coco (Coconut) Cocos nucifera

  • Salak (Snake Fruit)
  •  
    Durian – Durio zibethinus
  •  
    Jackfruit (Jackfruit) Artocarpus heterophyllus
  •  
    Cherimoya (Custard Apple) Annona cherimoya
  • Fruti-Pan / Breadfruit
    Fruti Pan (Breadfruit) Artocarpus altilis
  •  
    Babaco (Mountain Papaya) Vasconcellea × heilbornii

  • Mangosteen – Garcinia mangostana
  • Noni / Morinda-citrifolia
    Noni – Morinda citrifolia
  • Carambola / Star-Fruit
    Carambola (Star fruit)
  • Pitahaya - Yellow Dragon Fruit  
    Pitahaya – Stenocereus/Hylocereus, (Dragon fruit)

  • Achotillo / Rambutan – Lychee
  • Borojo – Alibertia patinoi

Check out our fruit of Ecuador poster here on issuu or visual.ly

Healthy Tasty Food

The project PermaTree was mainly created because we – Btina and myself – wanted to eat healthy tasty food in our future. We at PermaTree focus on healthy nutrition aka healthy food “diet”.

Definition of diet: “A selection of nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, in order to maintain life and growth.”

It’s something many understand totally different. For some it’s about following a specific diet. For others it’s about losing weight. And for us it’s really and simply about eating tasty fresh healthy foods to gain energy and positive vibes. We embrace diverse nutrition with some exceptions due to current location limitations and because most of the fruit trees we have been planting will need between 2.5 and 8 years until we can harvest the fruits.

 

Most people think we at PermaTree are vegetarians because we do not eat or cook meat at home. The meat storage in our freezer is only for our for legged friends, our two dogs. Meat or overleft from cows which vendors do not sell to their customers. And to be honest the meat quality here in South America is not comparable with Europe. It’s more like a gum than a juicy piece of meat. So, if there is good meat around, sure we take the chance to eat meat once a time. But we are absolutely not dependent on meat. More important for us is, to know the source of where the food is coming from. Who is the producer and how is it treated, animals wise and also the entire growth process of a plant foods (organic VS GMO/hormone/chemicals).

What type of food do we eat at finca PermaTree?

A typical day involves a big bowl of seasonal tropical fruit (Banana, Papaya and maybe Mango) with oatmeal and fruit juice for breakfast. Lunch could be rice with peanut butter, salad and carrots, lentils with shredded coconut meat. Dinner may be lighter like Papaya or just some rice with eggs. We focus on seasonal, partly organic and local produce we purchase at the market and harvest as much of our own food from the Finca as we can.

So, for example plant wise speaking they need calcium too, which is most likely coming from bones. Meaning dead animals or dead human beings if you want so. And many people go and buy some fertilizer and do not know how it is made. So roughly said, the vegetables and fruit you eat have eaten bones to be able to grow big and juice! What do you think now? There is always something missing in this circle. As a circle example we get born, life and on on the end we are going back to earth where we decompose and create nutrient for plants or animals and so life is full of circles.

For us organic fruits, vegetables, grains creatively mixed together is what we are thankful after a hard working day. Most tropical fruits have so many health benefits we can’t even talk about it, because it would take more than just a dozen of blog articles. In a nutshell if it’s a natural organic fruit you can be sure it’s healthy, if it’s from the tropical climate it may be a so called superfruit and even more healthy. Why? Because those deemed “super” by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease.

Papaya Natural Fruit Juice - no sugar no milk

As soon as vendors use GMO/hormones for their animals or chemicals for their plants, it is most likely because they can sell it in very big amounts and therefore industrial food production. Better not to consume. Industrial food is just to make money not to sell nutrition. It’s about selling the least expensive food-material best packaged at the highest price. For profit. It’s all about the profit and the net gain and worth of the industry. Your health is not part of this equation.

 

Industrial production is NOT good for our environment, animals or even directly for us humans regarding our health! This is the most significant fact we have to keep in mind, more than following any diet in this world.

Which we, without hesitation, calling by there names: Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Kosher, Low-fat, Raw-food, Gluten-free diet, Diabetic diet, Carbohydrate Diet, etc. These diets have to do with religion or a specific belief or just a current trend. 99% of all diets are also way to extreme at the end of the day. Also depending on your body type (Metabolism) how fast your body can burn energy, some diets may work for one person but not for another.

Amira preparing another Healthy Lunch Breakfast: Tropical Fruit Salad and Huevos revueltos Breakfast: Tropical Fruit Salad with Papaya

Our goal at PermaTree in Ecuador is to produce locally all of our food we consume there. Sounds like something obvious but it takes time to get there.

Others may want to, because they want to live healthier or lose weight. There is also currently a trend within athletes which are vegan and strong. Sounds good but most still do not care where food is coming from and if it contains chemicals or not…  Which we think is also a very significant detail.  

Healthy Food Recommend from PermaTree

  • Zero sugar “diet’ = more energy and just another addiction.
  • Cook all of the meals at home. If possible don’t eat outside, no control there.
  • Get the produce (vegetables & fruit) from nearby local markets or farms, always ask where it comes from you may be surprised by the answers from I dont have a clue to 3000km away.
  • Focus on consuming the good fats (Monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat) and not the bad fats (saturated fat and trans fat). Examples foods would be: nuts (coconut, almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans) vegetable oils (olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil) peanut butter and almond butter avocado, salmon, herring, sardines, trout, walnuts and all kind of seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds).
  • Obviously – Don’t eat processed foods. anything in a packaging with a brand and
  • If possible eat raw vegetables, fruits, etc.
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  • Do you own research about food and listen to your body
  • Experiment new fresh food and mixes

HowTo Make Raw Energy Bars

Making Raw Energy Bars & Why We Should Eat More Raw Foods

Today we would like to share a new recipe with you, which is very simple to make and does not require any baking or cooking. These raw energy bars are the perfect snack on the go, providing you with a combination of complex carbs, healthy fats and proteins. So let’s get started!

energybars

First thing you do is building the base made with

  • Rolled oats
  • Banana
  • Peanut Butter

Optional add-ins could be

  • Raw chocolate
  • Shredded coconut
  • Some walnuts
  • Raisins or other dried fruits
  • Raw cane sugar honey
  • Chia seeds, flax, sesame
    OR
  • whatever you have on hand! Feel free to get creative ☺

Now all you have to do is mash the bananas, mix it with the peanut butter (best thing is to use them ~ 1:1), and then add the dry ingredients until you reach a sticky consistency. This might take some time and some testing. Make the test by rolling the mixture into balls, then it should be ready to be used. Spread the mixture into a baking pan and flatten it. Leave it in the fridge overnight to make it stick together. The next day, take the pan out and cut the mixture into bars.

Enjoy!

raw energy bars DIY

 

Now, what does raw food mean exactly and how do we benefit from eating it? Technically, raw food means that it is not heated up above 48° C. Uncooked, unprocessed food, or let’s just say food, in its most natural state. Although there are several types of raw diets (like raw vegan, raw vegetarian, and even a raw meat diet), they all share the same idea: consuming aliments, which are “alive”, as heating food up above 48°C destroys many of its beneficial components like vitamins and nutrients. So, just to name a few of the main advantages of eating raw:

  • Heating up your food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes. Enzymes support your digestive system and strengthen your immune system which is essential to fight chronic diseases. Eating raw food therefore helps with digestion, provides good skin appearance and prevents diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, etc.
  • Helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body as raw foods normally contain less saturated and trans fats than packaged and processed foods
  • Saving costs and energy: As no cooking is required, you save a lot of energy which also makes your wallet happy 😉
  • Less packaging: main components of a raw food diet are vegetables, fruits and whole grains. You can find most of these on local markets, where they are not packaged, which means less plastic trash and therefore, less garbage. Just make sure to take enough bags with you, as sellers always try to put products into plastic bags (especially here in South America)!

One important thing when eating raw food is to make sure the products you buy and use are organic and of good quality. Sadly, fumigation and the use of huge amounts of pesticides and other chemicals is widespread in our modern world. Consuming contaminated aliments can damage your system and lead to serious illnesses. Don’t be one of those people who is senseless about what they eat and put into their bodies.

Start taking care of yourself, as health is the most important thing we have!

energybars

 

“By eating live foods you create a live body. Live foods contain essential nutrients the body needs to create and maintain energy. Dead foods speed age, decrease ability, and decrease energy … they are useless when dead…” quote Charles de Coti-Marsh

 

About Author: 

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Verena Lippok is a passionate vegetarian food blogger, cat lover and world traveller. She is the co-founder of HeenasMessyKitchen.Com. Follow her creative works around healthy foods on Pinterest, instagram and her blog

”Everything you do to your body today affects your future life. So let us give some love to our bodies by living a healthy and fit lifestyle.” – Verena Lippok