Passionate for Passion Fruits!

Sep 5, 2015 | Views: 57

In the continuous effort towards transforming Kechara Forest Retreat into a self-sustaining community, all opportunities are seized to grow fruits and vegetables at every part of the 35-acre piece of land.

Perhaps unknowing to many Inner Peace retreatants, the trellis of Tara Walk is covered with passion fruit. Their leaves provide shade for those engaged in walking meditation, and their fruits provide as a source of food.

Native to the subtropical wild regions of South America, such as Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina, passion fruits have earned a reputation of being sweet, tart and rich in Vitamin C.

The exotic fruit grows on vines that creeps and grapples on anything, and will flourish as long as there is well-drained fertile soil and good moisture. They grow quickly, reaching about 15-20 feet per year and have an average life span of about 5-7 years.

There are over five hundred cultivate types that exist. However, only the purple and yellow cultivars are widely cultivated in countries, such as South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southern Asia, Israel, Australia, Hawaii and United States.

Most of us in Malaysia have enjoyed passion fruit in our drinks, either fresh or via cordial. They add a distinct aroma and provide a kick of flavour when blended with other juices.

Their benefits include being:

  • A very good source of dietary fiber - 10.4 g per 100g of fruit pulp. As it is soluble fiber, passion fruit facilitates healthy and regular bowel movement which helps to cleanse cholesterol from the body and toxins stored in the colon. This in effect also helps to remove cancer-causing toxic substances.
  • High in vitamin C - 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. This helps the body fight against flu-like infectious agents and pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • A good source of vitamin A – 1274 IU per 100 g. Combined with flavonoid antioxidants such as ß-carotene and cryptoxanthin, passion fruit helps to maintain good eye-sight.
  • Rich in potassium - 348 mg per 100g. Helps to regulate optimum blood pressure by regulating electrolyte balance, controls the body’s muscle function, and is responsible for the release of calcium. Being rich in potassium, and with almost no sodium content, passion fruit is also highly effective in protecting from high blood pressure.
  • A good source of iron - 1.6 mg per 100 g. Providing for 20% of daily required value, together with Vitamin C (essential for iron absorption), iron increases hemoglobin in the blood which thereby helps with anaemia, and those constantly battling with tiredness, breathlessness, drowsiness, blackouts and dizziness.

The Green Team is still keeping a close watch on the passion fruits, and are waiting for the first harvest. The main obstacle currently faced are ants, however Pastor Antoinette has been administering Bach flower treatment.

We look forward to providing guests with healthy, exotic fruits in the near future!

 

How You Can Help
Medicine Buddha Hill – Donate Here!

Progress Updates

Visitors at Gyenze Chapel, located at the entrance to Kechara Forest Retreat. Did you know that the Gyenze Chapel is open to the public 24/7?
1 week ago
Many visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat! Have you planned your visit yet? Picture courtesy Pee Bee Chong, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Have you visited the Bigfoot Universe @ Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong? Have a look here... Picture courtesy Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Lama Chopa puja in Puja House, Bentong. Through the Lama Chopa puja are making a request to all the lineage Gurus for blessings, protection and increased merits for our loved one, ourselves and friends quickly. - picture courtesy from Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 weeks ago
Dorje Shugden Kangsol Puja performed by the Puja Team in Wisdom Hall at Pilgrimage Day, Kechara Forest Retreat. - photo courtesy Cynthia Ng Yi Chen, shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
During the Preparations for the Pilgrimage Day in July in Kechara Forest Retreat
3 weeks ago
Many visitors at the Gyenze Chapel, located at the entrance to Kechara Forest Retreat. Gyenze is the powerful increase emanation of Dorje Shugden.
3 weeks ago
Pastor Yek Yes together with her friend from schooldays Tang Li Fang and her son Grayson at the Bigfoot store in Bentong. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Pilgrimage day today in Kechara Forest Retreat ! A precious opportunity to be blessed by the Buddhas.
4 weeks ago
Kechara House Puja Team is scheduled to perform many pujas today at Wisdom Hall. Medicine Buddha (or Menlha) Puja is one of the most popular pujas requested by sponsors for the Medicine Buddhas' healing energies, blessings and protections. Enquiries: Kechara House Front Desk 603 78033908 or 6012 9873908 tsemrinpoche.com dorjeshugden.org retreat.kechara.com vajrasecrets.com Picture credit Pastor Tat Ming Lim
2 months ago
Powerful healing powers are granted by Buddha Loma Gyonma. Many candles were offered and mantra recited to Loma Gyonma on our first Pilgrimage Day. Picture credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Circumambulating Mother Tara at the entrance to Tara Walk on Pilgrimage Day, 23.June 2018, Kechara Forest Retreat. Picture credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Pastor David sharing before our very first pilgrimage day in Kechara Forest Retreat, photo credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Medicine Buddha puja at Dukkar Apartment in Kechara Forest Retreat. Picture courtesy by Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
At the entrance to Bigfoot Universe in Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong is Dorje Shugden and Bigfoot.
2 months ago
Visit Bigfoot in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia.
2 months ago
Receive manyfold blessings from powerful Protector Dorje Shugden. Visit Bigfoot Universe at Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong.
2 months ago
Have you seen Malaysia‘s largest Bigfoot in Bentong? Visit Bigfoot Universe at Jalan Ah Peng.
2 months ago
May all be blessed by Dorje Shugden, the king Dharma Protectors. Pay a visit to Dorje Shugden in Bentong, at Bigfoot Universe Jalan Ah Peng.
2 months ago
Deepest homage to the Maha Bodhisattva Manjushri, the supreme being whose presence eradicates the conceptual need to self-satisfy but there is no satisfaction. ~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
2 months ago
Do you know where you can find this Bigfoot in Bentong? This boy has met both, Bigfoot and Dorje Shugden!
3 months ago
On this auspicious Wesak Day the merits collected by virtuous deeds are multiplied 100,000 times. Visit Kechara Forest Retreat and receive manyfold blessings. Picture courtesy Louise Lee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Visit Kechara Forest Retreat on this holy Wesak day. Picture courtesy Louise Lee shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Visit Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang and be blessed in many ways. Open daily from 10am till 5pm. Shared by P. Antoinette
3 months ago
Recently we had a bird liberation on Medicine Buddha Hill. The practice of animal liberation benefits not only the animals, but also those who contribute towards this meritorious activity, offering the benefits of healing, longevity and purification of negative actions. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Photo from antoinette kass
3 months ago
The Practice of Cleaning the Temple is very meritorious and helps to clear our delusions. Picture courtesy Cynthia Ng, shared by Pastor Antoinette.
3 months ago
Visit Kechara Paradise in Bentong for your Dharma items! They have a great choice! shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago