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Surprising cucumber update, cucurbitacine natural poison & my “challenge plants” ;)


3.9.2015 surprise massive cucumber!-a--1-

I was so proud of a success never matched before in my home grown projects, the cucumbers came out relatively huge… that is until I got this very important information, which was like my balloon being pricked, nevertheless I am going on having a load of fun seeing it grow!
I have included a one mn video showing how to get rid of the poison. Personally, I’d rather not touch it. I rarely eat cucumber as I follow the guidelines of macrobiotic eating & it’s a nightshade(*see correction in comment) vegetable which means a big no-no. 🙂
I call my other plants a challenge as they are warm climate ones which I have to keep indoors all year round for the first two yrs then for many winter months.
A very gratifying experience. I always get a kick out of a good (positive obviously!) challenge.
Not many survive. I start off with a whole load then, left with one or two. Keep scrolling down to see my “exotic” plants 🙂
Out of precaution I kept my plants in a protected part of the balcony which is partially closed.
I wasn’t going to take any chances 😉

Have a great weekend!

Here’s the news I received…

“A 79-year-old German died after eating a home-grown zucchini. In the vegetable (probably one created by the plant itself) was poison. That poison can cause death in very rare cases.
The man and his wife were seriously ill after their meal. They were taken to hospital. The woman recovered, but the man continued to deteriorate and eventually died. The culprit is the substance cucurbitacine. Which was formerly naturally in courgettes and cucumbers to prevent animals from eating the vegetable. Growers have the past centuries with breeding programs managed to take away the poison. If people grow vegetables, it can still crop up. The advice is therefore (to home-grown courgettes) first to eat a raw piece. If the vegetables taste much more bitter than usual, then this are indicative of cucurbitacine. This also applies to pumpkins.”


Published on 27 Nov 2012
Cucumbers naturally can produce chemicals called cucurbitacins which causes the cucumber to be bitter. In large quantities, this chemical can make a person sick.

Did you know that?

And here I thought a cucumber was just a harmless vegetable.
I learned this method of reducing the bitterness from my mom.
The kids found this exercise rather amusing :).
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See all those cucumber sprouting everywhere?

See all those cucumber sprouting everywhere?

My beautiful Litchi plant! That's a very difficult one...

My beautiful Litchi plant! That’s a very difficult one…

Two pomegranate trees left :)

Two pomegranate trees left 🙂

So proud of my Kiwi tree which nearly died winter, had it wrapped up in a huge plastic bottle indoors as a greenhouse!

So proud of my Kiwi tree which nearly died winter, had it wrapped up in a huge plastic bottle indoors as a greenhouse!

A close up... See the huge leaves?

A close up… See the huge leaves?

My accidental date baby tree. I had thrown a pit in the earth & totally forgot about it... A beautiful summer surprise!

My accidental date baby tree. I had thrown a pit in the earth & totally forgot about it… A beautiful summer surprise!

A citrus tree. Out of all of them this is the only one truly picking up :)

A citrus tree. Out of all of them this is the only one truly picking up 🙂

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Michio Kushi Documentary Feature Film Project Sample Reel 2 of 2 – October 2008


I have already mentioned in this blog that I’m a Macrobiotic follower but never thought of giving you a short introduction (4.51 mn) to its summer conference so, here it is for all those who are interested in something very different 🙂

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Uploaded on 10 Dec 2008
Sample reel (segment 2 of 2) – NOT A TRAILER – of an upcoming documentary feature film project on the life of macrobiotic leader, Michio Kushi. For more information contact Jim Brown Productions, New York, NY, Tel:(212) 505-0138 (www.jimbrownproductions.com)
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How GMO foods alter organ function and pose a very real health threat to humans


I just read the post and saw the video of
http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/seeds-of-truth-i-am-sowing/
on GMO foods (a subject I’m not too familiar with) and as a result found another fascinating video on you tube on GMO foods which is very clear in translating the complicated terms into plain language we all can understand.
I can practically guaranty you will be very careful next time you buy your food at the supermarket because now, you will have understood the obscure alleys of the food industry, won’t be a victim anymore and make the right choices for your loved ones.
Let me know if it was as determinant for you as it was for me 🙂

Uploaded on Feb 3, 2012
The Health Ranger, Mike Adams, explains how studies in cell research have demonstrated the mechanism by which micro RNA from genetically engineered foods may alter organ function in humans.
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Jeff Smith — The effects of genetically modified foods


This is an amazing video I found from a blogger I follow. It has information I never was aware of, it brought the whole matter to light. Next time I’ll be shopping, I surely will make sure not to include GM foods in my basket 🙂
To see her post in full…
http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/friday-facts-what-a-load-of-old-cabbage-gm-crops-approved-by-uk/

Uploaded on Feb 8, 2008
Over the last 20 years Jeff Smith has worked with over 30 scientists to collect all of the known health risks of genetically modified foods. Studies have produced thousands of sick, sterile and dead laboratory animals; thousands of people linking toxic and allergic type reactions to these foods and damage to virtually every system in the laboratory animals studied. Despite this alarming evidence 70% of the foods in our supermarkets have genetically modified organisms in them.
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