Mango-Cucumber Dessert


1/2 kilo mango ripe, cubes
2 pcs cucumber, cubes
1 can condensed milk
1 small can evap milk
1 tetra pack all purpose cream
1 sachet Mr. Gulaman (strawberry flavor)
6 cups water
sugar to taste


How to Prepare Gelatin Gulaman:

In a casserole, add six cups of water. Pour one sachet of Mr. Gulaman. Mix thoroughly. Boil for five minutes. Add sugar to taste and continue stirring. Pour into tray. Let it cool. Then, slice to cubes. Set aside.

Peel cucumber and remove seeds. Slice into cubes. In a mixing bowl, add ripe mango cucumber and gelatin. Pour condensed milk and all purpose cream. Mix thoroughly. Now, Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve cold. Enjoy eating dessert!

mango cucumber dessert

Tapioca Pearl Mango Salad


1/2 cup tapioca
1 sachet Mr. Gulaman powder, cubes
1 kilo ripe mango, cubes
300 ml Carnation Condensada
250 ml all purpose cream


Pour six cups water in casserole. Stir continuously while sprinkling one sachet Mr. Gulaman powder.  Bring to boil. Add sugar according to taste preference.  Remove casserole off stove. Let cool. Cut  to 1/2 x 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside.

Boil tapioca until plump and soft. Cool. Set aside.

Drain cooked tapioca pearl. Mix with gulaman cubes. Add condensada and all purpose cream. Stir. Add ripe mango cubes. Stir. Cover and refrigerate. Serve cold.

Tapioca pearl mango salad

Mango Leaves as Diabetic Control / Preparation Methods and Scientific Studies

An interesting poster by Lifestyle Philippines. Mango leaves reduces diabetes risk. The poster has instruction saying, boil about 15 fresh mango leaves in water. Let stand overnight. Filter. Then drink.

mango leaves diabetics risksMaybe eating green and yellow mango fruit yield the same result but there are reasons why choose leaves over the fruit.  Leaves are available all year round and almost always free unless your are living in the middle of skyscrapers and busy noisy roads.

It triggered my interest to find more literature. Here they are.

The young mango leaves can be eaten, mixed with native dishes or prepared as tea. I have never tried it yet however. Leaf juice is used for treatment of bleeding dysentery, asthma, coughs and other lung diseases. Add with honey and use it to cure loss voice. Dried tender leaves for curing diabetics. Leaf ash for burn and scar remedy. Leaves analysis showed 43% euxanthin acid, some euxanthon, hippuric acid, benzoic acid, mangiferin and mangin. source

Soak ten to fifteen tender mango leaves in glass of water and leave it overnight. Filter and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. Or, air dry the leaves, grind and take a teaspoon two times daily. source

Boil 3-4 mango leaves. Let stand overnight. Filter the next morning and drink before breakfast. This specific procedure is intended for lowering blood pressure, not controlling diabetes. source

It seem literature are pointing to young tender leaves. Based from my own observation, mango trees rarely produce new young leaves every year. Production of new young leaves can be induced by cutting off some branches.

Here are other findings of legitimate scientific studies.

Based on results obtained it was found that Mangifera indica has significant hypoglycemic activity in high dose and can be successfully combined with oral hypoglycemic agents in type-2 diabetic patients whose diabetes is not controlled by these agents.

source: Clinical Investigation of Hypoglycemic Effect of Leaves of Mangifera Indica in Type II Diabetes Mellitus. by: Akbar Waheed, G.A. Miana and  S.I. Ahmad. published: Pakistan Journal of Pharmacology, Vol.23, No.2, July 2006, pp.13-18

Mangiferin showed anti-diabetic as well as hypolipidemic potentials in type 2 diabetic model rats. Therefore, mangiferin possess beneficial effects in the management of type 2 diabetes with hyperlipidemia.

source: Studies on the anti-diabetic and hypolipidemic potentials of mangiferin (Xanthone Glucoside) in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic model rats. by:  B Dineshkumar, Analava Mitra, M Manjunatha. published: International Journal of Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1 (2010) 75-85

Leaves extract have powerful antioxidant activities because of high phenol and flavonoid contents… which maybe responsible for diabetic complications in rat studies. Mango leaves extract increase peripheral utilization of glucose, increase hepatic and muscle
glucagons’ contents, promote B cells repair and regeneration and increase c peptide level. It has antioxidant properties and protects B cells from oxidative stress. It exerts insulin like action by reducing the glycated hemoglobin levels, normalizing the microalbuminurea and modulating the lipid profile. It minimizes long term diabetic complications. Efforts are now being made to investigate mechanism of action of some of these plants using model systems.

source: Effect of Aqueous Extract Mangifera Indica Leaves, as Functional Foods. by: Reda M.Y. Morsi, N.R.EL-Tahan and Adel M.A. El-Hadad. published: Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 6(6): 712-721, 2010, © 2010, INSInet Publication

Mango added to a high-fat diet, prevented the increase in fat mass due to high-fat diet and
was similar in efficacy to two well-known drugs used in the treatment of metabolic  disorders, rosiglitazone and fenofibrate. Findings suggest that incorporation of mango in the diet may also lower risk factors for the development and progression of heart disease.

source: Mango Modulates Body Fat and Plasma Glucose and Lipids in Mice Fed High Fat Diet. by: Dr. Edralin A. Lucas et al.

A Unique and Healthy Mangosteen Concoction

A per suggestion of Dennis, I am going to add one measure of sugar per measure of mangosteen and ferment it for 15 days. It is going to result to a unique and healthy drink.

I got a set of mangosteen peels from my sister. The pulpy seeds should be included in the mix so I am bit puzzled. The pulpy seeds are moisture rich. It helps moisturize the added sugar and turn it to liquid eventually. The moisture within the peels is surely not enough to do the same. My choice are, add some water to  1:1 sugar to peel ratio or follow the recommended but use syrup instead.

A radical change of plan. I saw a 60 °Brix syrup in refrigerator. I used it instead of sugar crystal. I also found some ripe mangoes on table. I added some of it to replace to loss pulpy mangosteen pulp.

Here are the series of non standardized operations in pictures. I need to wait fifteen days to see the outcome.

chopped mangosteen peels india carabao mango60 degree brix syrupmangosteen peels and mango pulp in jarpeels added with syrupI still plan to make another set using the original procedure stated by Dennis.


I felt sorry that I need to terminate this sooner than expected. Curiosity forced me to open the jar. I saw some unwanted mold growth on top. It was my  mistake. I will be more careful next time. I promised! I will repeat this one.

moldy fermented mangosteenmoldy mangosteen concoction======

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Effects of HWD, Hot Water Dip, on Postharvest Quality of Saba and Latundan Banana

The method used. Dipping bananas in hot water, 47-49°C for ten minutes. Then stored normal condition. Chilling experiment was also done, stored at 8-10°C for 8 to 10 days.

HWD was able to reduce finger rot and anthracnose infection. No drastic effect on fruit ripening under normal surrounding up to six days. Saba bananas turned ripe soft two to three days later than untreated. Bananas subjected to further chill treatment had less chilling injuries. The same results were observed on Latundan.

Based from the study results, hot water dipping is a must to prevent postharvest diseases such as finger rot and anthracnose, delay fruit ripening, reduce chilling injuries and to attain better fruit quality.

The article was according to bar digest, “Hot Water Dip Improves Banana and Mango Fruit Quality” by Rita T. dela Cruz. Please refer to “Extended Hot Water Dip” for mango fruit information. I think EHWD instruction is more detailed and comprehensive. The latter study never included bananas though.

The study was conducted by Dr. Antonio Acedo Jr., Marilou Benitez, and Dr. Ma. Cherry Abit or Leyte State University, LSU.

HWD and EHWD are cheaper alternatives of Vapor Heat Treatment, VHT.

The Three Days Apple Detox Diet

The idea is simple. Eat apples, eat apples and eat nothing but apples for three days. Eat whole apples, never remove the skins. Eat as much as you can toward the center where the seeds lie. Discard the seeds and the little stalk.

Perhaps I should eat these trimmings!

apple trimmings peel and busilThough seeds are claimed toxic – contain cyanide, just like the seeds of guyabano fruit, I have never felt anything unusual after every accidental ingestion.

Why nothing but apples?

Apples are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers and less in carbohydrates. Those helps in body detoxification – destroying bad substances or binding and taking it out.

It may or may not be a strict apple only diet. Depending on who recommends and or who is the doer, it may be mixed other fruits and vegetables but not meat, fish, dairies and processed foods.

Not sure if the restriction is applicable to irradiated apples. If yes, then we Filipinos cannot do apple detox. Perhaps most apples brought here are irradiated. Please correct me if I am  wrong!

After, it should be followed by a healthy balance diet. Else, it will not be effective. The detox may be repeated as desired but should never be continuous cause our body needs nutrients from variety of foods.

Why apples in three day detox?

Just a wild guess! Apple is chosen because it is very abundant. It is cheap and readily available. Yes, in countries where apple trees grow.

When I was in grade school, our teacher was always telling us to patronize our very own. Buy guava instead of apples. It is also rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers and less in carbohydrates.

Maybe a three days guava diet works too. Three days mango diet or three days rambutan diet.

Note: It is not a guaranteed cure for diseases of any kind.