Sunday, August 9, 2015

Crabapple or Malus

Crabapple or Malus: Nutritional Values, Health Benefits

Crabapples or Malus are popular as compact ornamental trees, providing blossom in spring and colourful fruit in autumn. The fruits often persist throughout winter.
Crabapple fruit is not an important crop in most areas, being extremely sour and (in some species) woody, and is rarely eaten raw for this reason. In some Southeast Asian cultures they are valued as a sour condiment, sometimes eaten with salt and chilli pepper, or shrimp paste.
Some crabapples varieties are an exception to the reputation of being sour, and can be very sweet, such as the 'Chestnut' cultivar.
Crabapples are an excellent source of pectin, and their juice can be made into a ruby-coloured preserve with a full, spicy flavour. A small percentage of crabapples in cider makes a more interesting flavour.
Crabapple contains 64.2% water, 18% carbohydrates, 7.1% proteins, 5.0% fiber, 3.7% fats and 1.9% mineral salts. Its mineral and living content consists of; Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Karyotin, Thymine, Riboflavin, Niacin and Vitamin C. Its pulp is rich in oxalic acid, citric acid and tannic acid. It provides 134 calories per 100 grams.
The pulp of the unripen crabapple is effective in closing open bleeding wounds. A ripen crabapple is a powerful digestive agent. It gives relief from congestion. Furthermore it is quite beneficial for scurvy patients. Eating unripen crabapple without seeds proves to be highly curative against diarrhea and piles (Hemorrhoids). This fully ripened fruit when mixed with sugar and made into syrup helps in overcoming the intense thirst during fever.
It prevents uterine cancer and infertility associated with the deficiency of the hormone, Progesterone. If a mixture made up by mixing approximately 90 grams of the essence of the crust of the wood of the crabapple’s tree with a little quantity of pure Ghee of the cow and one tablespoon honey helps to prevent complications following childbirth. Having this mixture taken immediately after childbirth for twice a day is positively effective.
The juice of the newly sprouted leaves of the crabapple can be mixed with milk and sugar and can be given to young children to solve their bladder problems. These leaves can also be grinded and made into powder to be served for the same purpose. 3-4 grams of these powdered leaves should be used. The pulp of a fully ripened crabapple is beneficial for common stomach problems in young children. 30-60 grams of this pulp of the fruit should be given to these young children suffering from stomach issues.
The crust of the wood of the crabapple’s tree is a very good source for curing excessive bile production. The crust should be grinded to obtain a powdered form. This powered form can be either consumed directly or it can be added to boiled water and then the solution be drunk. This depends upon the taste and wish of the person.
Crabapple has yet another efficient use which is of vital importance. It is used to solve many sexual problems usually encountered by people. The leaves of this fruit should be dried in a shadowy place. These should then be made into powder. This powder should be eaten by mixing an equal amount of sugar with it. This method has proven to be a very efficient way to overcome the very common issue of premature ejaculation. Moreover, one teaspoon of the same powder should be dissolved in cold water. This solution should be taken thrice a day. This is very much beneficial for sexually infertile individuals.
Crabapple helps in:
1.       Improves wound healing
2.       Prevents cells from damages
3.       Improves gums health
4.       Improves teeth health
5.       Improves Immune System
6.       Protects from free radicals
7.       Reduces Aging
8.       Lowers Risks of some Cancers
9.       Improves Iron absorption
10.   Improves Lung health
11.   Prevents from frequent colds
12.   Protects from frequent infections
13.   Improves nerve function
14.   Improves muscle function
15.   Reduces confusion
16.   Reduces irritability
17.   Reduces fatigue
18.   Lowers chance of heart problems
19.   Lowers chance of high blood pressure
20.   Protects from chronic diarrhea
21.   Improves exercise ability
Crabapples (Raw)
Carbohydrate Factor: 3.6 Fat Factor: 8.37 Protein Factor: 3.36 Nitrogen to Protein Conversion Factor: 6.25
Refuse: 8% Refuse Description: Core and stems
Nutrient (Approximate)
Unit
1Value per100g
Water
g
78.94
Energy
kcal
76
Protein
g
0.4
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.3
Ash
g
0.42
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
19.95
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
18
Iron, Fe
mg
0.36
Magnesium, Mg
mg
7
Phosphorus, P
mg
15
Potassium, K
mg
194
Sodium, Na
mg
1
Copper, Cu
mg
0.067
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.115
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
8
Thiamin
mg
0.03
Riboflavin
mg
0.02
Niacin
mg
0.1
Vitamin B-12
µg
0
Vitamin A, RAE
µg
2
Retinol
µg
0
Vitamin A, IU
IU
40
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.048
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.012
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.088
Cholesterol
mg
0
Amino Acids
Tryptophan
g
0.004
Threonine
g
0.014
Isoleucine
g
0.016
Leucine
g
0.025
Lysine
g
0.025
Methionine
g
0.004
Cystine
g
0.005
Phenylalanine
g
0.011
Tyrosine
g
0.008
Valine
g
0.019
Arginine
g
0.013
Histidine
g
0.006
Alanine
g
0.014
Aspartic acid
g
0.07
Glutamic acid
g
0.042
Glycine
g
0.016
Proline
g
0.014
Serine
g
0.016
            Crab apple fruit is not used in Homeopathic remedies, but its flowers are, so it is a flower remedy. It is useful in treating persons with a poor self-image or who feel unclean, or who have a feeling of shame or unattractiveness. It is given for detoxification, so its a cleansing remedy. Also useful for the type of persons who are obsessed with cleanliness, tidiness and minute detail. 
Apple wood gives off a pleasant scent when burned, and smoke from an apple wood fire gives an excellent flavor to smoked foods. It is easier to cut when green; dry apple wood is exceedingly difficult to carve by hand. It is a good wood for cooking fires because it burns hot and slow, without producing much flame.