The Long Lost Purple Carrots

When someone says the word “carrot,” don’t you just naturally picture the long orange veggie with the green top? Carrots and the color orange are practically synonymous, but it wasn’t always this way. Carrots used to be purple, and sometimes even white. How did the change happen?

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 The orange carrot you know and love came to be in the 1500’s. But before that, in Asia and the eastern Mediterranean areas, they used to be purple! Nature created a new yellow vegetable by hybridizing the original purple kind with different wild varieties. This new version was then brought to the west, where the yellow mutants and other wild forms crossed to eventually produce the orange carrots we enjoy today.

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Also purple carrots contained up to five times more phenolics and falcarinol than orange carrots and both compounds are being investigated for their potential to protect against cardiovascular disease, inhibit the development of cancer cells in the body and reverse the negative effects of high-fat diets.

Uniqueness of Bali

Kuta is administratively a district (kecamatan) and subdistrict/village (kelurahan) in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations.

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Kuta is now the center of an extensive tourist-oriented urban area that merges into the neighboring towns. Legian beach, to the north, is the commercial hub of Kuta and the site of many restaurants and entertainment spots. Most of the area’s big beachfront hotels are in the southern section of Tuban.

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Nanga Parbat : The Killer Mountain

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She is a cutthroat but alluring bonny. She stands with all her grace since centuries in the greatHimalayan range in the south of the mighty Indus River. She is truly the prestige of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The mountaineers worldwide at once would have known that we are talking about the astounding eight-thousander, the naked mountain which is commonly known asNanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is a Sanskrit word which literally means the Naked Mountain. We named it as cutthroat due to its devastating trekking history which has killed many of the climbers in past. Even today it is famous with the name of Killer Mountain.

For the climbers and mountaineers, Nanga Parbat is certainly is a sensational destination that is no doubt monstrous in the sense of world’s the most dangerous summits. But for a naturalist, Nanga Parbat is a wonderful place to be visited once in a life. The Naked Mountain or Nanga Parbat is the world’s 9th highest peak having a summit elevation of 8,126 m (26,660 ft ) which is also not far from Karakorum range and it is located in the Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. For its deadliest trekking, Nanga Parbat is declared in the most prominent peaks of the world as well.

Nanga Parbat was first climbed on July 3, 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl, a member of a German-Austrian team. The climb of Nanga Parbat is so lethal due to the severe weather conditions and the dangerous avalanches. Nanga Parbat had taken more lives of the climbers than any other peaks of the world. Another prominent feature of Nanga Parbat is that it has never been climbed in winter. Nanga Parbat has three faces, the Rakhiot (Ra Kot) face in the north and south silver crags and silver plateau; the rocky Diamir face which converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face of Nanga Parbat is deemed the highest precipice in the world. It would not be an overwhelming statement that Nanga Parbat, the Killer Mountain is the top most dream for any professional alpinist, hiking of which is filled with ultimate adventure and thrill.

Whimsical Wisteria Gardens and Tunnel in Japan

I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Welcome to the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

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The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan embodies all of that and more. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

Kawachi-Fuji-Garden-Wisteria-TunnelIt’s very far and few between these days that gardens are playfully constructed with the user’s perspective in mind. Japan has some interesting landscaping going on in many forms– with one of our favorites being a floral escape that’s just perfect for an Alice in Wonderland type day.

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Ratti Gali Lake Of Kashmir

Pakistani administered Kashmir is full of breathtaking rivers and lakes that fascinate for their bewildered charm and enchantment. Dowarian or Duwariyan is also a phenomenal spot situated 22 km above Athmuqam at an altitude of 1615 meters in Neelam Valley which is surrounded by mountains full of conifer trees. From Dowarian a headstrong and ruthless trek leads towards the Ratti Imagegali Pass which about 30 kilometers towards west, connects the Neelum and Kaghan Valleys. There also lies a mesmerizing beauty which is known as the Ratti Gali Lake and the trekkers or climbers have to track 2 days from Duwariyan to visit Ratti Gali lake which is located almost 12,100 ft high above sea level. In the summer season, the whole area around this mesmerizing lake becomes a place of lush green meadows, wild and magnificent flowers and radiant alpine plantations while in winter this valley is covered with white snow and big chunks of Glacier floats in the dark blue magical water of Ratti Gali Lake like huge swans.

Mangoes Of Pakistan

Sindhri Mangoes

Sindhri Mangoes

Have you ever experienced the Mangoes of Pakistan? The Mangoes of Pakistan are enriched with pulpous and imaginary taste. The King of fruits are grown in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh on a very large scale. According to an estimate, there are more than 160 varieties of mangoes that are grown in Pakistan with distinct aroma, sweetness, sizes and colors. Obviously, the same qualities fall within the criterions for the best mangoes, their scent, size, color and taste. Many growers from Pakistan are only associated with the cultivation of Mangoes and their only identity is Mango.

Alphonso Mango

Alphonso Mango

 

Mangoes are found in abundance in the fruit markets of Pakistan from May to September. Even in the month of May and June, the young mangoes are also used in the preparation of Mango Chutneys and Pickles. And similarly, the ripe mangoes are also the main source for making the squashes and jams. Mango is also the national fruit of Pakistan and the mango tree is a long living plant on the lovely planet. Mango is the best fruit full of dietary fibers with low calories. This is the most extensively used fruit for food, juice, flavor, fragrance, and color.

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Langra Mango

The mangoes are full of iron having the phenol compounds which act as powerful antioxidants and anti-cancer agents. Mangoes are also useful in relieving the clogged pores of the skin, and are also valuable in combating acidity and poor digestion. Mango is high in antioxidants and low in carbohydrates. It is a rich source of Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vit.E, Vit.C , selenium, niacin, quercitin, and astragalin. Mangoes also provide Vit. K, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, and glutamine which is known as a memory booster. Although, mangoes are grown all over the world with tremendous amount of varieties specially in Mexico, USA, Latin America, South America, Caribbean, Philippines, Indonesia, India and many countries of Africa, but the Mangoes of Pakistan are rated on the top for their amazing taste. The most famous mangoes of Pakistan include Sindhri, Neelum, Chaunsa, Langra, Siroli, Bengan Pali, Alphansa, Saleh Bhai, Gulab Khasa, Zafran, Swarnarica, Dusheri, Anwar Ratool, Collector, Desi etc. These all varaities are very delicious and popular and the most of them are exported to all of Europe, Middle East and various other countries.