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Camellia Seed Oil
Over the last few years, there has been an increase of tea seed oil being used in western cuisines especially in countries like UK, Germany, US and Canada.
Tea seed oil is obtained principally from Camellia oleifera, which grows widely in 17 provinces of South-China. This camellia fruit is a dry capsule divided into 1-5 compartments, each containing 1-8 seeds.
Camellia Seed Oil or Tea seed oil should not be confused with tea tree oil or melaleuca oil, which is a native essential oil found in Australia for its medicinal application.
This oil is the main cooking oil in southern provinces of China, about one seventh of the entire China population. It enjoys similar characteristics with Olive oil with its high mono unsaturated fats contents (75-85%). In addition, it is high in vitamin E, polyphenol and other trace minerals, zero cholesterol, trans fat, omega 3,6 and 9.
It is frequently used in salad dressing, marinades, for sautéing, stir fry, dips, steam and deep fry.
It’s rich heritage is dated back 2300 years ago during the Song Dynasty where the tea seed oil is used as royal gourmet cuisine for the Royal family only. It’s health properties was recorded in the Compendium of Materia Medica and ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine journals for the following benefits :
1. lower cholesterol
2. natural disinfectant
3. improve immunity system
4. cleanse colon
5. improve complexion, promote hair growth
6. heal scar marks
7. relieve heatiness
8. reduce constipation problem
Tea seed oil is nearly odourless, pale yellow in colour with light viscosity and light nutty taste. It has a long shelf life of 18 months and should be stored in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
Camellia seed oil is also a common base ingredient in many shampoos, hair conditioners, moisturiser, as a carrier oil in aromatherapy products, massage oil,etc.
In Japanese, Tsubaki means camellia and it is a traditional culture to use its tea seed oil for skin, scalp and hair care.
With the rising awareness of Health and natural ingredients and organic food and cosmetics heating up, more consumers are switching to plant based ,natural and environmental friendly products.
Crested Drongo in Tamarind tree
Image by wallygrom
Kaleta Reserve, near Amboasary in southern Madagascar. The bird is sitting in a Tamarind tree.
From Wikipedia -
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) (from Latinization of Arabic: تمر هندي tamar Hind "Indian Date") is a tree in the family Fabaceae. The genus Tamarindus is monotypic (having only a single species).
Tamarindus indica is indigenous to tropical Africa, particularly where it continues to grow wild in Sudan – it is also cultivated in Cameroon, Nigeria and Tanzania. In Arabia it is found wild growing in Oman, especially Dhofar, where it grows on sea-facing mountains. It reached South Asia likely through human transportation, and cultivation several thousand years prior to the Common Era. It is widely distributed throughout the Tropical belt, from Africa to South Asia, and throughout South East Asia, Taiwan and as far as China. In the 16th century it was heavily introduced to Mexico, as well as South America, by Spanish and Portuguese colonists, to the degree that it became a common ingredient in everyday living.
One of the first tamarind trees in Hawaii was planted in 1797.
The tamarind is a long-lived, medium-growth bushy tree which attains a maximum crown height of 12.1 to 18.3 metres (40 to 60 feet). The crown has an irregular vase-shaped outline of dense foliage. The tree grows well in full sun in clay, loam, sandy, and acidic soil types, with a high drought and aerosol salt (wind-borne salt as found in coastal area) resistance.
Leaves are evergreen, bright green in colour, elliptical ovular, arrangement is alternate, of the pinnately compound type, with pinnate venation and less than 5 cm (2 inches) in length. The branches droop from a single, central trunk as the tree matures and is often pruned in human agriculture to optimize tree density and ease of fruit harvest. At night, the leaflets close up.
The tamarind does flower, though inconspicuously, with red and yellow elongated flowers. Flowers are 2.5 cm wide (one inch) five-petalled borne in small racemes, yellow with orange or red streaks. Buds are pink as the 4 sepals are pink and are lost when the flower blooms.
The fruit is an indehiscent legume, sometimes called a pod, 12 to 15 cm (3 to 6 inches) in length with a hard, brown shell. The fruit has a fleshy, juicy, acidulous pulp. It is mature when the flesh is coloured brown or reddish-brown. The tamarinds of Asia have longer pods containing 6-12 seeds, whereas African and West Indian varieties have short pods containing 1-6 seeds. The seeds are somewhat flattened, and glossy brown.
The tamarind is best described as sweet and sour in taste, and high in acid, sugar, vitamin B and, interestingly for a fruit, calcium.
As a tropical species, it is frost sensitive. The pinnate leaves with opposite leaflets giving a billowing effect in the wind. Tamarind timber consists of hard, dark red heartwood and softer, yellowish sapwood.
Tamarind is harvested by pulling the pod from its stalk. A mature tree may be capable of producing up to 175 kg (350 lb) of fruit per annum. Veneer grafting, shield (T or inverted T) budding, and air layering may be used to propagate desirable selections. Such trees will usually fruit within 3 to 4 years if provided optimum growing conditions.
Alternative names -
Globally, it is most numerous in South Asia, where it is widely distributed and has a long history of human cultivation. Many South Asian regional languages have their own unique name for the tamarind fruit. It is called the tetul (তেঁতুল) in Bangla; in India it is known in several languages. In Sanskrit, it is called tintiDi. In Oriya it is called tentuli, in Hindi it is called imli; In Gujarati the amli, and Marathi and Konkani the chinch; in Kannada it is called hunase (ಹುಣಸೆ), Telugu chintachettu (tree) and chintapandu (fruit extract) and in Malayalam its called Vaalanpuli (വാളന്പുളി ). In Pakistan in Urdu it is known as imli. In Sri Lanka in Sinhala call it the siyambala; and Northern areas in Tamil also as the puli (புளி). In the Cook Islands in Cook Islands Maori Māori Kūki Āirani or Rarotonganis language Tamarindus is called ‘tamarene’.
In Indonesia, tamarind is known as the asam (or asem) Jawa (means Javanese asam), which in the Indonesian language, translates as Javanese sour [sic: fruit] (though the literature may also refer to it as sambaya). In Malaysia, it is also called "asam Jawa". In the Philippines, tamarind is referred to as Sampaloc, which is occasionally rendered as Sambalog in Tagalog and Sambag in Cebuano. Vietnamese term is me. In Taiwan it is called loan-tz. In Myanmar it is called magee-bin (tree) and magee-thee (fruit). The tamarind is the provincial tree of the Phetchabun province of Thailand (in Thailand it is called ma-kham). In Malagasy it is called voamadilo and kily.
In Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela it is called tamarindo. In the Caribbean, tamarind is sometimes called tamon.
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) should not be confused with the Manila tamarind (Pithecellobium dulce), which is a different plant, though also of Fabaceae.
The fruit pulp is edible and popular. The hard green pulp of a young fruit is considered by many to be too sour and acidic, but is often used as a component of savory dishes, as a pickling agent or as a means of making certain poisonous yams in Ghana safe for human consumption.
The ripened fruit is considered the more palatable as it becomes sweeter and less sour (acidic) as it matures. It is used in desserts as a jam, blended into juices or sweetened drinks, sorbets, ice-creams and all manner of snack. It is also consumed as a natural laxative.
In Western cuisine it is found in Worcestershire sauce, and HP sauce.
In Indian cuisine it is common. Imli Chutney and Pulusu use it. Along with tamarind, sugar and spices are added to (regional) taste for chutneys or a multitude of condiments for a bitter-sweet flavor. The immature pods and flowers are also pickled and used as a side dish. Regional cuisines such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh use it to make Rasam, Sambhar, Vatha Kuzhambu and Puliyogare. In Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, tender leaves of tamarind are used along with lentils and it is also dried and used in place of ripe tamarind for mild flavour.
In Guadeloupe, tamarind is known as Tamarinier and is used in jams and syrups.
In Mexico, it is sold in various snack forms: dried and salted; or candied (see for example pulparindo or chamoy snacks). The famous agua fresca beverage, iced fruit-bars and raspados all use it as the main ingredient. In the US, Mexican immigrants have fashioned the "agua de tamarindo" drink, the Jarritos Tamarind drink (the first introduced and second most popular flavour of the brand), and many other treats. Tamarind snacks such as Mexico’s Pelon Pelo Rico, are available in specialty food stores worldwide in pod form or as a paste or concentrate.
In Egypt, a sour, chilled drink made from tamarind is popular during the summer.
A traditional food plant in Africa, tamarind has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
In southern Kenya, the Swahili people use it to garnish legumes and also make juices. In Madagascar, its fruits and leaves are a well-known favorite of the Ring-tailed Lemurs, providing as much as 50% of their food resources during the year if available. In Northern Nigeria, it is used with millet powder to prepare Kunun Tsamiya, a traditional Pap mostly used as breakfast, and usually eaten with bean cake.
The Javanese dish gurame and more so ikan asem, also known as ikan asam (sweet and sour fish, commonly a carp or river-fish) is popular throughout Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Tamarind is also common in Manado, Sulawesi and Maluku cuisines.
In Lebanon, the Kazouza company sells a tamarind-flavoured carbonated beverage.
In Myanmar, young and tender leaves and flower buds are eaten as a vegetable. A salad dish of tamarind leaves, boiled beans, and crushed peanuts topped with crispy fried onions is very popular in rural Myanmar.
In the Philippines, tamarind is used in foods like sinigang soup, and also made into candies. The leaves are also used in sinampalukan soup.
In Thailand a specific cultivar has been bred specifically to be eaten as a fresh fruit, famous for being particular sweet and minimally sour. It is also sometimes eaten preserved in sugar with chili as a sweet-and-spicy candy. Pad Thai, a Thai dish popular with Westerners often include tamarind for its tart/sweet taste (with lime juice added for sourness and fish sauce added for saltiness). A tamarind-based sweet-and-sour sauce served over deep-fried fish is also a common dish in central Thailand.
Medicinal uses -
Phytochemical studies revealed the presence of tannins, saponins, sesquiterpenes, alkaloids and phlobatamins and other extracts active against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, at temperatures of 4–30 °C (39–86 °F). Studies on the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the extracts on the test organisms showed that the lowest MIC and the MBC were demonstrated against Salmonella paratyphi, Bacillus subtilis and Salmonella typhi and the highest MIC and MBC was exhibited against Staphylococcus aureus.
Throughout Asia and Africa it is common for health remedies. In Northern Nigeria, fresh stem bark and fresh leaves are used as decoction mixed with potash for the treatment of stomach disorder, general body pain, jaundice, yellow fever and as blood tonic and skin cleanser. In Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines and Javanese traditional medicine use asem leaves as a herbal infusion for malarial fever, the fruit juice as an anti-septic, and scurvy and even cough cure.
Fruit of the tamarind is also commonly used throughout South East Asia as a poultice applied to foreheads of fever sufferers.
Tamarind is used as in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine for gastric and/or digestion problems, and in cardioprotective activity.
In animal studies, tamarind has been found to lower serum cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Due to a lack of available human clinical trials, there is insufficient evidence to recommend tamarind for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or diabetes.
Based on human study, tamarind intake may delay the progression of fluorosis by enhancing excretion of fluoride. However, additional research is needed to confirm these results.
Excess consumption has been noted as a traditional laxative.
Other medicinal uses include: Anthelminthic (expels worms), antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, asthma, astringent, bacterial skin infections (erysipelas), boils, chest pain, cholesterol metabolism disorders, colds, colic, conjunctivitis (pink eye), constipation (chronic or acute), diabetes, diarrhea (chronic), dry eyes, dysentery (severe diarrhea), eye inflammation, fever, food preservative, food uses (coloring), gallbladder disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, indigestion, insecticide, jaundice, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), leprosy, liver disorders, nausea and vomiting (pregnancy-related), paralysis, poisoning (Datura plant), rash, rheumatism, saliva production, skin disinfectant/sterilization, sore throat, sores, sprains, sunscreen, sunstroke, swelling (joints), urinary stones, wound healing (corneal epithelium).
In temples, especially in Buddhist Asian countries, the fruit pulp is used to polish brass shrine furniture, removing dulling and the greenish patina that forms.
The wood is a bold red color. Due to its density and durability, tamarind heartwood can be used in making furniture and wood flooring. A tamarind switch is sometimes used as an implement for corporal punishment.
Tamarind trees are very common throughout Asia and the tropical world as both an ornamental, garden and cash-crop. The tamarind has recently become popular in bonsai culture, frequently used in Asian countries like Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines. In the last Japan Airlines World Bonsai competition, Mr. Budi Sulistyo of Indonesia won the second prize with an ancient tamarind bonsai.
The seeds are sometimes used by children in traditional board games such as Chinese checkers (China), Dhakon (Java), and others.
The tamarind tree is the official plant of Santa Clara, Cuba. Consequently it appears in the coat of arms of the city.
Jogging in the park…
Image by Ed Yourdon
Upper East Side, Central Park – Jun 2008 – 114
These pictures were taken on two successive days when I had doctor appointments on the Upper East Side of NYC, and had the chance to walk along Fifth Avenue, and then through Central Park in order to return to my apartment on the Upper West Side, at Broadway & 96th
After my first stroll through the park, I returned a second day (because of a second doctor’s appointment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan). This time I entered the park at 97th Street instead of 84th Street — so I saw an entirely different set of scenes.
At this point, I had reached the western side of Central Park, once again on the inner roadway that circumnavigates the park, and was now turning south to find the 96th St. exit.
This was at about 98th Street, heading south. I was on the inner roadway, and was passed by an energetic woman jogging along with her child in a stroller…
Note: this photo was published in an Oct 24, 2008 blog called "The Wisdom Journal," in an article entitled "10 Tips to Stretch That Health Care Dollar." It was also published in a May 29, 2009 blog titled "Busy Moms – Find Time to Exercise." And it was published in a Jun 9, 2009 blog titled "Postpartum Exercise & Fitness." And it was published in a Sep 14, 2009 blog titled "Rytiniai pasilakstymai." (I have no idea what that means, but I’m sure it’s good stuff.) It was also published as an illustration in an undated (Oct 2009) Mahalo blog titled Jogging, with a URL of www-dot-maholo-dot-com-slash-jogging
Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2010 blog titled "7 Exercise and Fitness Beliefs You Need to Overcome." And it was published in a Jan 17, 2010 blog titled "Troppa palestra rende sterili: sarà vero?" It was also published in an undated (Feb 2010) blog titled "The Bob Ironman Sport Utility Stroller is a very special and useful Jogger Stroller." And it was published in a Feb 26, 2010 blog titled "What can you do with your excessive cholesterol." It was also published in an Apr 5, 2010 blog titled "Study shows exercise can boost new moms’ well-being."
It was also published in an Apr 12, 2010 blog titled "Cholesterol treatment content articles by a health enthusiast and simultaneously in an Apr 12, 2010 blog titled "Cholesterol treatment articles by a wellness enthusiast, and an Apr 12, 2010 "Maureen’s Blog" posting titled "Cholesterol care posts by a health enthusiast" and an Apr 12, 2010 blog titled "Write-ups of healthy life" — all four of which ended with a comment that said, "Above picture [i.e., my Flickr picture] is a random extract from Flickr, writer of this blog do not claim ownership of this picture, visit Flickr for its owner." Gee, thanks for that enthusiastic citation!
And moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (late Jan 2011) blog titled "Get Off the Couch and Run!", as well as a Jan 19, 2011 blog titled "25 Best Healthy Living Blogs You Aren’t Reading Yet." It was also published in an undated (early Apr 2011) blog titled "Treating Depression Naturally – Some of the Most Powerful Alternative Treatments for Depression!" And it was published in an Apr 13, 2011 blog titled "Importance Of Fish Oil For Pregnant Women," and a May 7, 2011 blog titled "Importance of Taking Fish Oil during Pregnancy." It was also published in a May 12, 2011 blog titled "Treating Postpartum Depression Improves Children’s Behavior." And it was published in a May 16, 2011 blog titled "Desde que soy madre voy en chándal." It was also published in a Jun 15, 2011 Guidamamme blog titled "GUIDA ALL’ACQUISTO DEL PASSEGGINO E DELLA CARROZZINA – settima parte." And it was published in a Jul 17, 2011 blog titled "Finding the motivation to exercise after your baby is born…" It was also published in an undated (late Jul 2011) Panic Attacks Symptoms blog titled "An Alternative Prostate Cancer Treatment: Mind and Body Wellness through Acupressure." And it was published in an Aug 16, 2011 blog titled "Momma on the Run: Tips For Running With Your Baby."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 18, 2012 blog titled "Can anybody advocate a good off-Broadway show in NYC to deliver a date?." And it was published in a Jan 23, 2012 blog titled "Easy to deal with an embarrassing six pregnancy symptoms – pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms – Medical D." It was also published in an undated (early Feb 2012) blog titled "Postpartum Belly Fat Blues: How to Walk Your Way to a Smaller Belly." And it was published in a Mar 27, 2012 blog titled "Taking Care of Mom After Baby’s Arrival." It was also published in an Apr 17, 2012 blog titled "Task Rabbit Helps This Stay-At-Home Mom Pocket An Extra 0 A Month." It was also published in an undated (mid-Apr 2012) Squidoo blog titled "Best Strollers 2012 – Review of Cheap and Lightweight Strollers Prams," and it was published in a May 31, 2012 blog titled " STUDY: Here’s When Exercise Is Bad For Your Health." It was also published in a Jun 17, 2012 blog titled "Health & Fitness Centre," as well as a Jun 23, 2012 blog titled "Exercice durant la grosses." It was also published in a Sep 1, 2012 blog titled "Jogging in the park." And it was published in a Sep 18, 2012 blog with the curious title "Nice Fish Oil and Depression Photos," as well as a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "Raising Healthy, Active Kids by being Healthy and Active." It was also published in a Sep 28, 2012 blog titled "Quando riprende il ciclo dopo il parto e come controllare la regolarità," and an Oct 10, 2012 blog titled "¿Cuándo retomar el ejercicio tras el parto?"
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Mar 26, 2013 blog titled "The Best Fitness Ideas for Moms" (apparently a republication of the Sep 21, 2010 posting mentioned above). It was also published in an Apr 12, 2013 blog titled "Forzarte a perder peso muy rápido después del embarazo no es saludable ni realista." And it was published in an undated (late Apr 2013) blog titled "The Gestational Diabetes Fear For Moms." It was also published in a May 6, 2013 blog titled "Madre Fitness."
Note: after seeing how frequently this photo was being published, I decided to make some editing improvements — though it wasn’t easy, as I shot the original photo as a JPG image, and thus didn’t have access to all of the editing facilities that would have been available if I had taken it as a RAW image. But in any case, I focused primarily on reducing the extent of under-exposed shadow areas in the woman’s shorts, and the stroller. Hopefully the result is a little bit better than before…
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jan 4, 2014 "Neon Tummy" blog titled "Fear Of Childbirth Linked To Postpartum Depression ." It was also published in a Feb 18, 2014 blog titled "4 Dangerous Myths about Postpartum Depression." And it was published in a May 23, 2014 blog titled "The Benefits of Waiting to Have Baby Number 2."
Moving into 2015, the photo was published in a Jan 29, 2015 blog titled "1時間座ってテレビを見る度に22分の寿命が縮む ." It was also published in a Jul 14, 2015 blog titled "16 Things That Only Stay-at-Home Moms Understand."