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2017, March 29.  Popular Fruits of the Philippines

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 13.5

Singles,  Sheets of  100




 12p  Grapes - Singles  (4,500,000) 

 23p  Bignay - Singles  (4,500,000)

 28p  Coconut- Singles  (3,700,000)


Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro



First Day Covers:  Manila





GRAPES (Vitis vinifera).  Grapes is a fruit, botanically a berry, of the deciduous woody vines of the flowering plant genus Vitis. Grapes can be eaten fresh. Grapes can be used for making wine, jam, jelly, grape seed extract, raisins, vinegar, and grape seed oil. Grapes generally occur in clusters and are non-climacteric type of fruit. Grapes can be used as a cure for asthma. They are a wonderful source of micronutrients like copper, iron, and manganese, all of which are important in the promotion and strength of the bones. Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood which prevents blood clots, therefore, reducing the chances of heart attacks. Ripe grape juice is also an important home remedy for curing migraines. Grapes are also very effective in overcoming and eliminating constipation. They boost the immune system and prevent fatigue. Grapes also reduce the risk of kidney diseases. Grapes can prevent loss of vision and macular degeneration. They also improve brain function and prevent Alzheimer's disease. Flavonoids present in grapes have anti-oxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals which in turn cause things like the development of cataracts, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and various age-related problems.

BIGNAY (Antidesma bunius).  A member of the family Phyllanthaceae, "Bignay" (big-nay) is a highly nutritious fruit said to be naturalized in Southeast Asia.  It is a small fruit (looks like a small grape and about the size of a toy gun pellet) much like a cranberry or a wild berry in other countries. You can find this fruit in Malaysia where it is called as "berunai”, kho-lien tit in Laos; choimoi in Vietnam; wooni or hooni in Indonesia and ma mao luang in Thailand. It is popularly called salamander tree, Chinese laurel and currant tree in English. Bignay can be eaten raw or can be used in making jam or jelly. It can also be made into wine. Known in the Philippines as a medicinal fruit, bignay is used in the treatment of Syphilis and a natural cure for Urinary Tract Infections. Bignay is often neglected because of its size but once everyone came to know its health benefits, they would realize how big this fruit is.

COCONUT (Cocos nucifera).  A member of the family Arecaceae and the only species of the genus Cocos. The coconut is a fibrous one seeded drupe (a drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a pit of hardened endocarp with a seed inside). It is one of the tastiest among the tropical fruits. Whether one eat the meat or the white part of the fruit, drink the water or milk, or use the oil (by product of the coconut) internally or externally. The coconut meat, water and oil all provide significant health benefits According to studies, consuming coconut oil is one of the easiest way to increase metabolism and aid in weight loss,. Studies have also shown that coconut oil can act as an antimicrobial agent, killing fungus and bacteria. The antimicrobial effect of coconut oil means that it can also help you prevent and heal acne. Coconut oil reduced protein loss in both damaged hair and hair that was still healthy. Other benefits from consuming coconut oil includes protection against cancer, provide the body with antioxidants to fight degenerative diseases, help regulate hormones, relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue, strengthen the liver, regulate thyroid function, and boost your immunity. Coconut oil is perfect for cooking because of how suitable it is, and can be used topically in a number of ways, including as a lotion, deodorant, eye-make up remover, hair gel, and to deal with any other sort of skin issue.





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