Student’s aim: A harvest of good

first_imgLast summer, on her first day in Bangalore, India, Annemarie Ryu ’13 fell in love. The object of her rapt attention was green, spiky, and the size of a beach ball.What Ryu fell for was jackfruit. Her first taste of the vitamin-rich food was from a sidewalk vendor: a handful of slippery yellow slices, served up on a sheet of newspaper.“I had the first piece, and I thought it was something out of wonderland,” said Ryu. “I thought: My word, amazing. I had this magical feeling.”“I had this magical feeling,” recalled Annemarie Ryu ’13 upon trying jackfruit for the first time. Photo courtesy of Annemarie RyuThat magical feeling about Artocarpus heterophyllus could soon be yours. Ryu, a pre-med anthropology concentrator and veteran Harvard public service traveler, has started Global Village Fruits, a for-profit social enterprise she hopes will connect farmers in southern India with American consumers.With harvest season in India now under way, she expects to receive a test shipment in March, and a larger one in May. There will be dried jackfruit for gourmet stores and wheaty-tasting jackfruit flour for bakeries. (Rap artist and musical entrepreneur Devon Ray Williams ’10-’11 is already at work on package designs.)It’s about time America woke up to jackfruit, said Ryu. The oval tree fruit has long been a common food in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, East Africa, and Brazil. It is variously known as jak, jaca, mak mi, and mit. It’s the national fruit of Bangladesh. But the West has not caught on, to the wonderment of some experts  even long ago.Jackfruits are high in fiber, beta-carotene, and manganese, as well as being “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial” — whew! — “anticarcinogenic, anti-fungal, antineoplastic,” and more. Photo courtesy of Annemarie RyuIn 1928, America botanist O.W. Barrett, once a specimen collector for Harvard, remarked on the fruit whose trees are “so well-behaved that it is difficult to explain the general lack of knowledge concerning them.” In the 19th century, jackfruit cultivation had made modest inroads into Florida, but never caught on with growers.Jackfruit has a robust nutritional profile, said Ryu, who plans a career in public health and international medicine. It’s high in fiber, beta-carotene, and manganese, as well as being “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial” — whew! — “anticarcinogenic, anti-fungal, antineoplastic,” and more.Dried into snack strips, jackfruit tastes like mango, though it is more subtly sweet. Jackfruit seeds (there are up to 500 in a single fruit) can be made into flour that is gluten-free, high in protein, and rich in vitamins B1 and B6. Its interior bulbs can be ground into a flavorful powder, ready for blending into baked goods, smoothies, ice cream, and bubble tea. Ryu hopes products like these will spur an American jackfruit market.For now, shipping the fresh fruit from India is not likely because of federal regulations, she said. But jackfruit in its dried forms can be imported with little red tape.Jackfruit, the product of stately trees up to 60 feet high, can grow to the size of a pumpkin, 80 pounds in weight and 3 feet wide. Ryu stretches out her arms to show how big.But the fruit, properly marketed, has value beyond taste, nutrition, and versatility, she said. It can help poor farmers. In southern India, the locus of Ryu’s interest, jackfruit is grown on small plots without sprays or fertilizers, but is seldom marketed beyond a farmer’s village. Without wider markets, by one estimate, 75 percent of jackfruit in India never reaches consumers. “It’s a delicious thing,” said Ryu, “going to waste.”Her jackfruit inspiration sprouted after a fervent series of international public service trips starting in freshman year. Ryu, who just turned 21, has delivered water chlorination units to the Dominican Republic and built latrines in Haiti. She has conducted health research in Nicaragua and India. She also traveled to Cuba last year as a violinist with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.So it is natural that Global Village Fruits has a social mission too — one that would turn small farmers into entrepreneurs with reliable markets. Profits would someday underwrite microloans for other small business owners, lifting more people out of poverty. “At the core of this company,” said Ryu, “is how it would help farmers.”last_img read more

Croatian gin declared the best in the world!

first_imgThe story behind Old Pilot´s Gina is phenomenal to say the least, as is their final product. The distillery with the symbolic title “Spirit in a bottle” produces craft gin, which is a completely Croatian product using local aromas such as olive leaves, pine from Otočac, sage, lavender, angelica and orange peel.  Croatian “Old Pilot’s Gin” pilots Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac, won a gold medal at the World Wine and Distillates Competition (IWSC) in London, reports Jutarnji list. Find out more about the best gin in the world here Although in recent years we have become accustomed to our wines and olive oils winning numerous world awards, this time Croatia can boast, ie be proud to have the best gin in the world. These are two friends and lovers of distillates and heights, Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac, who met at the Academy for Military Pilots about twenty years ago, while distillates have always been their common passion. The passion for gin prompted them to take on a new adventure through craft gin production, and the aforementioned success is further proof of how best it is when we combine our passion with work. Source: Good food / Jutarnji list / Photo: Ghost in a bottlelast_img read more

ICC World Cup MS Dhoni’s contribution will be massive for India in World Cup, says Gavaskar

first_imghighlights New Delhi : The India cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar foresees former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni making a huge impact in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and he feels it will not be limited to the talismanic player’s much-admired instinctive reading of the game. Dhoni has been in superb form in the ongoing Indian Premier League and has so far amassed 358 runs from 11 matches for the Chennai Super Kings.Gavaskar feels the stumper-batsman will be crucial to India posting defendable totals in the mega-event starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The veteran of 125 Tests announced that he will sponsor 34 life-saving heart surgeries for children from economically and socially-challenged sections of the society. Gavaskar also spoke highly of Dhoni’s wicket-keeping skills and how they aid skipper Virat Kohli in making field placements. “We have seen the wicket-keeping skills that he has. But more importantly as somebody who stands close to the wicket, guiding the spinners where to bowl, guiding the other bowlers also where to ball and making those little field adjustments,” he elaborated.”Kohli, whose brilliant fielding makes it imperative for him to stand in the deep, at long-off/long-on may be, is unable to see those little changes of the back-ward point fielder moving a little bit to his right or little bit to his left, similarly square-leg fielder moving.”So those are the kind of changes Dhoni will be able to bring about with Kohli’s, of-course, full backing as well,” the scorer of 34 Test hundreds explained. Gavaskar also said the fact that Dhoni has already led India to the 2011 World Cup triumph would make his experience all the more valuable.”And when you have somebody who’s actually been in a position where he’s taken the stress and taken the team to a win as he did in 2011 (World Cup), that is invaluable in your team.”So Dhoni’s contribution is going to be massive,” Gavaskar signed off. Sunil Gavaskar believes MS Dhoni will have an impactful World Cup. MS Dhoni is currently in prime form and scored 358 runs in 11 innings. India will play its first game against South Africa on June 5.  For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more