Ruth 2:12, The LORD repay your work with full reward given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge. God does not hate rich people or does not want people to be rich. God wants rich people to treat employees fairly and well as Boaz did and provided for Ruth. Boaz left food for the poor and strangers to harvest according to God’s Biblical instructions. In Joel 2:25, God promises to repay you all the years you have toiled but not paid for. This proves God sees your your hard work which may literally cost an arm and a leg. God knows how you feel when your wealth, assets or inheritance taken over by undeserving, unthankful, ungrateful wasters. In Malachi 3:5 God watches so reassures those workers trodden upon. God sees tears of unpaid wages controlled by privileged few. The wicked take advantage of widows, orphans, fatherless and strangers. God remembers surely pays past generation perpetrators reward you in Jesus Name.Matthew 19:16-26 says Jesus told a rich lawyer who thinks he is a “good” person and law-abiding citizen and everything was alright. Jesus warned him to change but he refused to change from a lavish extravagant ways. With no regard for fellow human beings who worked for him. But all the silver and gold belong to God, plus a cattle on 1000 hills. In Luke 12:13-21 is story of rich man bragging about his wealth and plans to build bigger barns to hoard his goods while depriving his workers. He didn’t regard God as source of his riches or say if God wills, he will expand his business. God was very angry because he exploited others for selfish gains. In Luke 16:19-31, another rich man had it all but due to greed he deprived the poor to enrich himself He did not remember God hates greedy selfish people who think only they exclusively deserve all silver and gold which belongs to God. They forget they are mere stewards and employees in charge providing equally for others like themselves. In James:1-5 God warns those oppressing others to change to pay fairly because will punish if they do not repent. God sees pain, grief, sorrow, lack poverty provide in Jesus Name. 1 Kings 21 King Ahab’s greedy tantrums usurped Naboth’s vineyard which was inherited and not for sale because it belonged to the family to pass on to the next generations. Jezebel fasted and prayed with her accomplices then lied about Naboth’s vine taken by greedy the falsely accuse cursing God and king. The love of money is the root of all evil. So they stoned Naboth to death and then king took Naboth’s vineyard because it was near his palace for a vegetable garden. God sees it all and sent prophet Elijah to punish their evil wicked deeds that disaster will come upon them so dogs and birds will eat them in the city and in country. Ahab humbled himself and prayed to God for mercy so God forgave deferred Ahab’s punishment to his descendants and future generations. Jezebel fell through window, died and eaten by dogs. Families inherit family curses which they may not understand so believers need pray to God to reveal to the any generational curses they may be dealing with and plead the Blood of Jesus, God’s mercy grace for forgiveness in Jesus Name provide all you need. In Revelation 19:11-20 God plans to deal with various oppressors in Jesus Name. Storms destroy all you own including the priceless sentimental valuables. And if you barely keep a roof over your head nowhere to lay your head God will give you mansions. God cares more despite tragedies begin to pick yourself up from problem looming on horizon. Wonder how long to cope with traumatic event. Ruth 2-4, Naomi and Ruth experienced tragedies in past but favoured by God. Divine connection to Boaz generous and kind hearted rich man did right thing and married Ruth. Ruth is the mother of Obed the father of Jesse the father of king David’s family from which the King of kings Jesus Christ descended.God blessed Abraham, David, Solomon and other men and women in the Bible with wealth and riches, including those who built temples for God sponsored the Gospel of Jesus Christ during His ministry on earth and continue to do so today. There are billions of wonderfully rich people who are kind, generous, sponsor many charities and thanks to them many have been helped over the years. God demands those like greedy rich in the Bible, to stop throwing perfectly good food and things away to bless all His creation because the cattle on thousands hills and earth belongs to God. It does not make sense while millions are dying daily from starvation and hunger. Perhaps you are the first to turn up on every occasion and last to leave; dedicated, loyal, faithful, reliable, dependable trustworthy person of good integrity generous in time or resources.Seems more devoted to God and people more it appears troubles increase. You have do endless amazing things to help various people so few express gratitude to encourage your faith. Others insult or become enemies so life unfortunately is so because hurting people hurt others. Put Confidence in God your kindness is unparalleled because you firmly believe God ULTIMATELY REWARDS all. Maybe entrepreneur with companies business, employed millions or thousands yet lost it all in credit crunch, feel you let others down and beating yourself up. On the other hand, started business not doing well going down drain. You do not know whom to turn to because its you people turn to. Turn to God and Trust in Jesus. Or it was your harvests wiped out by floods, drought or pestilence. You hardly have anything to eat today so dread thinking about the future. God is in control and will make a way where there seems to be no way. In Luke 5:5, Jesus saw the people struggling to make ends meet in vain. They toiled hard but caught no fish, it almost sounds like the story of your life or ministry whereby your own efforts have resulted in nothing. Jesus has a keen interest in your efforts and wants you to help you launch into the deep by changing your method, strategies, ideas, resources and accomplishing your goals. To achieve your ambitions, you need to trust God again, believe Christ has your best interest at heart, and will only do you good. At times, so many things happen you question your ability and judgement so wants to know what to do next. You feel unprepared to take risks because your track record so far is not impressive. Well, we have a Saviour who measures you differently.
Man looks on outward beauty, status, qualifications, attainments, accolades, bank balance to size you up. God gives the surprising Unmerited Divine Favour Unexpected Surprises you can never achieve by your own strength. God will repay you in His Timing according to His Plans and Purposes for your life in Jesus Name. He will!!! Take comfort in knowing that you did all unto the Lord God Himself. You were the faithful conduit of blessings to reach out to others although may not feel highly valued or appreciated. God sees and knows it all so will definitely reward you blessing beyond a thousand generation. Maybe as slave descendant waiting for justice, and a compensation, deals with injustice trauma of racism discrimination, economic slavery. God sees it all and so seek His mercy, grace, favour. Ask God for power to create wealth although you feel exploited and worked hard enough already. God will supernaturally provide for you if you believe Him to do so and receive blessings in Jesus Name.
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Jesus Cares for so turn to Christ to help you although told education is the key to life. You studied hard so expects everything to turn out well but not fulfilled. To achieve further visions goals you built business empires. Or search diligently for work so got dream job but has void inside. Next you took mortgage and bought the best house you could afford and invited friends to your house-warming party. Just as the dust settled you realised it’s too lonely by yourself so you set about looking for perfect housemates. You even have various cars to grace your home as part of your big statement as proof of your achievements. You own many properties, ships, airplanes but still something was not quite right inside you. You were told to find the most beautiful partner in your eyes so you would be completely made whole.
You found your perfect partner yet it seems relationships bring additional issues and you are now responsible for yourself and the partner. You thought by solidifying the relationship things will improve and you will live happily ever after. It turned out to be your worst nightmare so you dreaded going home every night. Despite the state of affairs you firmly believed bringing children into the relationship will redress the imbalance to make an impact so you had children and became happy but the void is still in you. You moved several times to the best neighbourhoods you could afford, but things seemed complicated in your personal life. From the outside, you have it all, but inside lacked something you could not quite understand.You travelled all over the world in search of fulfilling that missing link feeling with the evidence of your journeys in vain. As much you enjoyed those trips you still felt you needed something more to satisfy your longings. You tried other leisure and pleasures yet you seem to long for a much more deeper inner peace. Eventually, it begins to dawn on you that life has much more to offer than materialist desires. You embark on a search to fulfil your spirituality and so tried a few pick and mix religions and myths but seemed further from realising your ambitions. Then comes the eureka moment when it dawns on you that you treat faith like a project you must accomplish. Yet in reality, what you actually need is to let go and let God take total control of all aspects of your life. Yes you need to accept Jesus’ invitation for access to all areas of your life including the good, the bad and the ugly. God has seen it all before so there is nothing new under the sun that surprises Him anymore. God is wiling to forgive you as long as you confess your sins to Him, repent, humbly ask His forgiveness, mercy, grace for He is compassionate.
Fill the void by inviting Jesus into life, letting God reign in your heart and put God first daily in your personal life. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and help you express your deepest feelings, darkest thoughts to Him. You may even weep like Jesus or king David and king Hezekiah cried to God for mercy and extension of his life. Read your Bible and meditate on verses that speak into your situation or touches your heart and spirit. Get good mood music worthy of God’s hearing, feed spirit, soul with sound music. Worship God privately in prayer closet, sing to Him, ask Him to reveal Himself to you more from daily reading His Word. Join a Bible believing church fellowship, study Word to grow.
In Joshua 24:15, we will serve the Lord God. A time comes to declare to people to make up minds to be fully committed to God. Similarly, in our own lives there comes a point when we have to make the decision to choose to serve God wholeheartedly and stop sitting on the fence. This at times means parting company with people we hang around previously but our lifestyles clash because of choice to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. In Mark 8:34-38, said we should not be ashamed of Him to boldly testify and declare Him as our Lord and Saviour. God will give new friends as Jesus said in Matthew 19:29 and Mark 10:28-29 anyone who lost friends, family, houses, property, etc. God’s Kingdom’s gives and receives 100 in this life and in the life to come because Jesus already prepared mansions for us.We may face opposition, threats, rejection from loved ones because of our choice. Often, friends we expect to fully support us betray us for the sake of our faith. Some become secret disciples for the sake of their reputation and dare not let anyone know they received Christ as personal saviour. God wants all to be saved and does not want anyone to perish. This means we would like the family circle to be complete in heaven and be part of the global Family of God. It is essential to continue praying for each member to be saved even if things seem worse when prayer starts for them. This is challenge to our faith to continue to intercede for loved ones. Some saved today are harvests of previous generation’s intercessions.
There are so many attractions and distractions trying to get believers and the elect off course by trying to prevent them from fulfilling God’s gifts and calling for their chosen destiny. In fact one is tempted to think life used feel better when one was not fully committed to God. Well, this is part of the strategy to keep people hooked on the Broadway where multitudes are in the fast lane. The path of life is very narrow, and few are on it. At times, it may be lonely yet with our lives hidden in Christ Jesus we have the Mighty support of the heavenly host. Also, some are misunderstood however, for the sake of Christ Sacrifice for us and our homes, we choose to continue to serve God through Holy Spirit in Jesus Name.
We advertise Jesus love daily in various ways to express a Godly love to others. We remember our Lord and Saviour whose love for us is the reason for the season of Christmas. Although Christ birth date was not in winter in December but autumn in early September. As we come together in unity to meet family and friends we share the peaceful, joyous atmosphere. So give thanks to God for preserving and protecting our lives in Jesus Name. We celebrate Jesus love for us so demonstrate our love for each other. Encouraging and supporting one another in Christ feels safe, secure despite situations deal with.
Christ love is very wonderful, so deep we cannot get under it, so wide we cannot get around it, so high we cannot get over it, we have to go through Christ the door. This means Christ our friend loves us so much He was born to exchange His place for us to determine our lives through forgiveness. He took all our infirmities, sins, griefs, iniquities, transgressions upon Himself for our sake. It is a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer through Christ Jesus. We have a great advocate Christ Jesus, whose love no one can match. This is why we direct people to God through the name of Jesus Christ.
The love of Jesus Christ is reliable, dependable, trustworthy, eternal and forever sure. We have loved ones, family and friends who love and care about us in special ways to confirm their love for us. Our confidence in God’s love is beyond human understanding. Natural circumstances may be challenging however, deep in our spirit we feel connected to God through Christ Jesus. Advertise Jesus Christ by spreading His love to testify of God’s goodness, mercy, grace, compassion, daily wherever you may be or pass tracts, Bibles and share this Godly love by helpful acts to Glorify God.
We thank God for our Jewish Lord Jesus Christ Messiah and the love Christ Jesus has for all Gentiles. All Jews and gentiles grafted in Christ love each other with the love of God. We belong in the family of God and grateful to be grafted into the Kingdom of God. We celebrate our bridegroom Messiah our Hamashiach Yeshua Adonai in Jesus Name and very grateful and thankful. This is the day the LORD has made we will rejoice and be glad in it. All Christian the believers continue to pray for peace of Jerusalem in Jesus Name. God bless you all and we love you with agape love in Christ Jesus.
The dynamic word of God is filled with the Holy Spirit as a flaming fire, to keep us very hot for God at all times. The Holy Spirit is sent ablaze by Jesus as seen on the day of Pentecost and spreading like wild-fire reaching across all nations. It is a sign of the evidence of the Consuming Fire Nature of God who revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush that was not burnt. This Holy Spirit fire is necessary to keep us spiritually alive and well-lit as the light of the world to drive away the darkness from the uttermost parts of the world. One gets the Holy Spirit by inviting Him to fill us and to dwell in us to help us lead holy righteous lives and to get a better understanding of the word of God. Holy Spirit dunamis helps us to pray especially if we do not know how to pray. In times of distress, the Holy Spirit comforts us and guides us into all truth. The Holy Spirit also helps us gain insight and a deeper meaning of God’s word. It is shines onto the rhema and logos word of God to make it relevant to our circumstances. One suddenly finds a particular verse touching in a new way, although that verse may be well-known and read over and over previously. Holy Spirit gives us strength to carry on daily and equips us with the ability to endure in challenging times.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to run the Christian race to win the prize and discern the right spirit. The Holy Spirits manifests with signs and wonders and speaking in tongues by those who receive Him. The Holy Spirit gives us 7 main various gifts to use in body of Christ Church. These gifts are wisdom, counsel, knowledge, understanding, holiness, strength to endure and fear of the Lord. The Holy Spirit enables us to dream dreams and see visions in the spiritual realm. It opens our spiritual eyes to see beyond human eyes and equips us to take authority over demons and cast them out in Jesus Name.
Jesus always loves little Children and young people so openly welcomed them into the midst of His meetings even when others thought they may disturb their conversations. Jesus is a great example of allowing children to listen to His Teachings. Jesus did not exclude the children from His presence by making excuses that they were too young to understand the things of God. Recently a Sunday school teacher, drove away 12 year old from Sunday School, after telling them they were old enough to go pubs, smoke, drink alcohol but said they were too old to be in Sunday School. They were not allowed to be baptised by immersion though express desire to do so. They were told to go taste world first to sin then repent so too young to fully commit to God. Soon after no children were left in that church anymore for they all left to other local churches where they felt accepted. Jesus on the other hand, placed children in the centre of his sermons to illustrate how humble and trusting believers must be like little children.In Ecclesiastics 12:1 in the Bible, it is written, remember the Lord God your Creator in your youth. Young people today face so many challenges in the fast lane of life so it is necessary to have anchor in God. This gives an excellent foundation to build on. Different voices call attention to keep preoccupied with positive engagement to become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Start teaching them the word of God as children so when they grow they will not depart from God in Jesus Name. In 1 Corinthians 15:33, it is stated that do not be deceived, God is not mocked because bad company ruins good morals. Young people are easily influenced by peers because they want to fit in. This is why the Bible reminds young people to remember God in their youth. While young, they are to make choices and decisions based on Godly Standards, Morals and Values. It is important to ensure young people are taught Godly values from home, in school, church, community. Believing in God is not just relevant for old people. God loves children and young people so much He is their friend.God cares so wants them to remember Him to talk to Him everyday like they talk to their best friends. God has compassion for young people, so He sent His Only Begotten Son Christ Jesus to die for their sins to save them. Every young person who believes and accepts Christ as a personal Saviour will never perish but have eternal life. Young people are special to God so they must be given every chance to believe and receive God’s favour because God has called and chosen them into His Kingdom. Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, Let children come to me, do not stop them for the Kingdom of God belongs to them. Adults must receive Christ like innocent children accept things without analytical arguments. God has young people’s best interest at heart so wants lives to be full of fruit of Holy Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-26 these are love, joy, peace, patience, endurance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, humility and self-control. Young people don’t be selfish demanding indulgence as “your majesty child” without respect for Godly boundary discipline.
Daily problems can be dealt with better by young people who have qualities instilled in them to build their confidence in the early years of life. It is not wise to leave young people to find out about life the hard way in ignorance as the world encourages them to make their own mistakes. God never intended young people should be left to their own devices. It essential to direct them to Godly values to mature in the Way God planned for them so when they grow they will not depart from that righteous path. Above all, it is important to appreciate and respect adults, honour them, in order to receive God’s blessings, so it will be well with them and they will live long according to Deuteronomy 5:16. It is important to give opportunity to children to listen to God’s Word, grow and store Jesus’ teaching in their heart. Some churches abuse children by kidnapping and holding them to ransom to extract money from parents with lies that they are possessed so parents must pay for them to be delivered. Other children are accused of being witches when their parents die during childbirth or accused of bringing misfortunes into family so killed or put in exile. Any family members that show kindness to them are ostracised. Jesus said in Mark 9:42 anyone who causes any children to stumble, fall or lose faith, is held accountable to God. In Churches and communities children do not contribute money and financial wealth, devalued, diminished de-humanized. Responsible people devote time to loving, protecting, providing for children but others treat them with disdain in society. Some are made to feel as if they are out of their mind for helping care for children and supporting them throughout their lives because families are for life not just for Christmas. Adults fulfil Godly duties of devoting time to children are made to feel as lazy people who prefer to join and hide behind children so not doing a proper job. A full-time motherhood is frown upon as no work yet no amount of money can ever pay for their services often taken for granted. While some are bereaved or left to care for children on their own they pay the ultimate price of juggling work and childcare needs.
Often this affects their career and promotion as well as income and national insurance contributions and pension. They are treated appallingly in job market after years of raising their children. Expected to be competent to perform like those with the continuous profession. So penalised and constantly blamed for issues affecting their family. Most judging or condemning often have no children, not care for children before but think they know it all. Psychological theories studied about children without fully experiencing daily pressure, stress of genuinely caring for children. These includes: priceless cost of time involved raising them, and the sleepless nights, challenging 24 hours of endless hours looking after them, as mother, nanny, father, cook, cleaner, laundry, shopping, school run, clothes, shoes, outings, hospital appointments, until they grow up and still depend on parents. Children are forced too early from parents, especially to reject Godly standards of raising children and who resent raising their own children so send them to strangers who at times sexually abuse them in nurseries. Devoted parents raise children to obey the law so supervise at home after school hours. Though properly look after children are considered lazy so punished by state low insurance contributions. Raising well bred and brought up children is valuable to God and economically pay taxes. Those who work consistently resent those with children. If all women refuse to bear children there will be no more citizens to buy more goods produced. Or future adults to take care of those making policies without consideration. Jesus loves all children of the world including red, yellow, black or white ones to treat all fairly and equally in Jesus Name.
Jesus’ Name is above all other names so is a demon buster to stop the devil from all evil plans. Many testimonies exist of satan falling off his throne because of a mention of the NAME JESUS!!!!! There is POWER in the NAME of JESUS so satan forbids followers from mentioning the Name of Jesus. All POWER in heaven and earth is given to Jesus over all other powers, principalities, dominions and spiritual wickedness in high places. And Christ Conquered demons forever so in Christ we seat in heavenly places far above all principalities and powers in Jesus Name. In Jesus Name we defeat spiritual wickedness in the high places. Jesus Christ destroyed all works of the devil over our lives in JESUS NAME. God translated us into GOD’S KINGDOM of Light from kingdom of darkness. God’s KINGDOM of Glorious Gospel of Light in Jesus Name protects from evil powers. Jesus and God delivers you if you call on God in Jesus Name to set you free and to rebuke satan from your right hand. So a thousand shall fall at your side 10,000 at your right but it shall not come near us in Jesus Name. We are covered by blood of Jesus Christ more than conquerors in Jesus Name. So lead a faithful dedicated life of deliverance and prayers in Jesus Name. God has wonderful and powerful contentment designed to give you rest in His Strength and Armour. Walk in the light of the God daily life enjoying life to Thank God. Its God’s Mercy, Compassion new to us every morning in Jesus Name that sustain us from evil demons. Praise and Bless God for the NAME OF JESUS.
Superabundant fruits and lots of vegetables in Ghana superfruit nutritious scientists say are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help live longer, look better and prevent diseases. Like Blueberries, Bananas, Citrus fruits, Grapes, nutrients are good remedies. Too numerous to include in post focus on a few. Banana in Ghana is one of three African countries trading with European Union. Banana trade in Ghana is growing and African pears are native to West African countries known as ube resemble eggplants. Noni fruits, papaya, Mangoes, Jackfruits and Sour sops among the others.
Aluguintuguin” – Soursop
This popular fruit is called aluguintuguin or Evo by Ghanaians is a sumptuous nutritious fruit ready to eat. Fruit is rich in vitamin C and is part of a good diet. The English name of this fruit is ‘SOURSOP’ has lots of health benefits including treatments of back pain, eczema, rheumatism, diabetes or to boost immune system, prevent infections and treatment of boils. Its grown in most homes or wild plant found in many places.
“Yooyi” – Velvet Tamarind
Another fruit Ghanaians love so much and one of theit favourites is ‘’Yooyi’’ a seasonal fruit and often people anticipate it’s arrival. It has many health benefits as an important fruit and it inhibits growth of plasmodium falciparum the main cause of malaria helps to fight disease. The fruit has a special taste, nutrition good enjoyed as snack or dessert.
Dialium cochinchinense is ‘yooyi’ species of legume in the family Fabaceae. It is found in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Eastern countries and Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam and many west African countries threatened by its habitat loss. The leaf extract of velvet tamarind has ability to increase gastric mucus secretion to help ease gastric ulcer. Leaves are highly diuretic promotes production of urine makes it easy for the heart to pump blood reducing risk of hypertension. The black velvet tamarind is a fruit of s native West African tree (Dialium guineense) cultivated not for fruits but as a source of timber and fuel. The fruit is called “Awin” by Yoruba, “Tsamiyar kurm” by the Hausa in Nigeria. Polyphenols in tamarind is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. These can protect against diseases, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The seed extract helps lower blood sugar and the pulp extract may help lose body weight reverse liver disease.
“Alasa” – African Star Fruit
In Ghana the fruit gives mixed taste feelings. You enjoy its sourness and sweetness at the same time. The seeds are often used to play games and the whole fruit is delicious. Is a seasonal fruit. ‘’Alasa’’ is rich in nutrients so has many health benefits. It is a great source of calcium good for strong bones and teeth. It boosts immune system as natural remedy for sore throats, toothaches or constipation. ‘’Alasa’’ helps lower blood sugar, cholesterol this fruit is called, ‘’Alasa’’ in Ghana.
AFRICAN STAR FRUIT.
The African star apple is a sweet and sour fruit which grows in West Africa. It has a tough leather-like green to dark orange skin, depending on stage of ripeness. When ripe, the fruit has a tender, sweet and tart tasting inner flesh also dark red/orange in colour as depending on the stage of ripeness. Is called Chrysophyllum albidum and forest fruit tree found throughout tropical Africa. So African Star Apple fruit in West Africa is prolific in Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Togo and Ghana. In Nigeria Udara, Utieagadava in Urhobo; Agbalumo in Yoruba; Udala in Ibo, Efik and Ibibio; Ehya in Igala, Agwaluma Hausa of Nigeria. Contains the high Vitamin C content 100g of fruit about 25mg of vitamin C. And ethanol extract of African star apple cherry studied its effect of Chrysophyllum albidum of the fruit’s antioxidant properties are rich in promoting health. Its bark is used for the treatment of yellow fever, malaria the leaf is used as emollient and for treatment of skin eruption, stomachache and diarrhea. Seeds cotyledons ointments used to treat vaginal, dermatological infection in Western Nigeria. Anti-hyperglycemic hypolipidemic eamong other health benefits. Studies show African cherry herbs can have anti-fertility effect in men must use it in moderation. Its botanic name is Chrysophyllum albidum so African star apple belongs to plant family Sapotaceae. Is edible tropical fruit known by various tribal names and in many cultures.
‘’Abrofo Nkate3’’ – Tropical Almond
This fruit Ghanaians love but leaves fall like autumn is lots of work to do. It grows in the streets location or homes across the country. It has the rich sources of protein and amino acids. Abrofo Nkate is eaten as fresh fruit so shellis cracked for edible seed. The seeds are eaten or used in fruit salads, smoothies, for garnishing dishes. Oil is extracted from the dried nuts used in cooking. ‘Abrofo Nkate is tropical almonds or White man’s peanuts or Yevuzi. It has soft fibrous red fruit skin ripe and eaten before cracking it for nut inside.
“Guava” – Guava
Originated from Mexico or Central America. “Aguava’’ tree picked by objects drop fruits. Fruit tastes nutritious with health benefits. ‘Aguava’s long shelf life means its preserved unlike exotic fruits as grapes or apples. Its a source of energy, dietary fibre vitamins can help to prevent cancer antioxidant regulates blood pressure and is eaten like guava fruit.
Kojo Cobba Essel’s article in Business Ghana “Asaba Miracle Berry; Sweet & Life-Saving” as a miracle fruit Ghana’s farmers embraced its commercialization. In an article, Dr. Essel listed benefits and “potential way to change health in the world and Ghanaian view.” Dr. Essel said Asaba fruits, until 2013 not widely publicized when he wrote the miracle fruit Asaba article. Has the potential to become a major export for Ghana the Western world recognized potential of the fruit. He also has itemized benefits of miracle fruit for: weight control, diabetic or Taste management after chemotherapy and antioxidant properties. It helps take bitter medications.Diabetes is a worldwide problem in Ghana and 4 million people live with the disease. It is a miracle fruit viable export of Ghana and makes a difference in lives. Dr. Essel told the business leaders join the campaign to make Asaba miracle fruit product available in the shops, markets and world. Miraburst works as farmer partners bring the Asaba miracle berry products to customers. The fair trade business supports local Ghanaian farmers with fair wages to improve quality of life of families. Customers, partners support fair trade enterprises. This superfruit’s nutrition scientists say packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, nutrients help live longer, look better, prevent disease. Like blueberries or bananas, citrus fruit, grapes, African fruit contains the nutrients for remedies. Asaba (Synsepalum dulcificum) is Ghanaian name of small red sweet fruit containing chemical affecting tastebuds. It alters a sour foods to sweet taste by eating fruit. Asaba is aŋane in Ewe language. Research shows this plant benefits health if used in sugar-free dessert, tea or bitter cocoa beverages to taste great. Helps weight loss and eliminate high -calorie sugar diet diabetic crave use Asaba. Tastes lost in cancer treatment is helped by Asaba to make foods taste sweet avoids starvation or weight loss. Asaba helps take bitter medicine the patient avoids. Asaba miracle berry fruit is miracle sweet berry, West African fruits. This sweet berry noted by des Marchais’ expedition to West Africa in 18th century. And Miraculin experiment isolate active glycoprotein berry sweetner effect. Japanese, Dutch scientists in 1960s call it mieraculin miraculin to mid-1970s. Sweetness is a natural supplement to sugar or juice but the sweet fruit’s after taste lasts. Miraculin food additive forbidden in 1974 by the U.S. Food and drug Administration by a competing commercial interest. Since 2011, FDA’s bans imports of Synsepalum dulcificum miraculin of Taiwan as “illegal sweetener.” Ban does not apply to fresh, freeze-dried miracle fruit frozen but berry deteriorates. The ban does not apply to sale as dietary supplement. FDA ban overturns after research studies. Miraculin is a novel food in European Union approved in Japan as safe food additives by Ministry of Health and Welfare published by JETRO.
The Baobab fruit free Adansonia Digitata is white pith fruit acidic, citrus flavour. A good source of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, and carbohydrates. The dried fruit powder Adansonia digitata baobab powder, contains 11% water, 80% carbohydrates (50% fiber), nutrients, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, phytosterols, proteins, and fats. Vitamins C dried powder. Baobab dried fruit in EU is a safe food ingredient in United States. The dry fruit of Adansonia digitatais boiled juiced for ice cream. The fruit is used in cuisines, porridge, drinks, eaten as fresh fruit. The seeds are used for vegetable oil. It is used to make drinks adding to sugar cane fermented and brewed in beers. Fibre used in dye, fuel. Strings made from root fibers or crafts from fruit the oil seed in cosmetic and moisturisers.
BLACK PLUM FRUITS
Black Plum ripes from the green fruit a fully matured fruit falls naturally under tree shed by tree. Its abundant in season or wild tree is domesticated as large tree. Vitex doniana black plum is Ehfor or Efɔ in Ghana, dinya (Hausa) Oori nla (Yoruba), Ucha koro (Igbo). A family of Verbanaceae in West Africa and Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania. Vitex black plum is sweet and edible when ripe. Its green fruit mature fruit tutns dark brown to black fully ripe is an African olive. Its used in making candies “Alewa” in Nigeria and leaves mixed with groundnuts, salt pepper (dinkin dinya). The black plum is food, medicine or a firewood.
Vitex’s sweet fruit is sold leaves vegetables in Southern Benin treats malaria, stomach ache, painful menstruation, burns, sterility, diarrhea, sore eyes, hemorrhoids or ulcers, dermatosis. The bark used to treat sterility, haemorrhoids, dysentery, upset liver, cough, diarrhea and dermatosis. Fruits in wine and pounded leaves in a warm filtered sorghum beer. Syrup like honey a nutritive sweetener in wine or jam. Stem bark extracts controls hypertension, anti-hepatotoxic, protect liver damage noxious stomach ache, pains, and indigestion. In Ghana used in treatment of colds, cough in children, bark in treatment of sterility. Sierra Leone fruit is remedy for deficiencies in vitamin A and B complex. In Eastern Sudan, roasted fruit in tea. Dinya is rich in vitamin C; potassium, magnesium. It help produce breast milk vitex doniana fight E. coli, diarrhoea, pneumonia reduces infant mortality and generally good health.Cashew tropical green fruit tree produces a fruit eaten like mango cashew apples. Trees grow high to 14m but dwarf cashew 6 m is more profitable with early maturity, greater yields. Cashews are protein rich nuts for the body. The cashew nuts are kidney-shaped seeds at bottom of cashew apple fruit. Raw Cashew nuts are dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. Cashew nuts are a great source of manganese and other minerals. The species Central America, Caribbean, northern South America northeast Brazil. Portuguese colony in Brazil began exporting cashew nuts early as the 1550s. In 2017, Vietnam, India, Ivory Coast were major producers. The shell of the cashew seed yields products are lubricants, waterproofing, paints. The cashew apple is light red to yellow fruit pulp can processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink, distilled into liquor beverages, cachaca, flour, milk or cheese. In Panama, cashew fruit cooked with water and sugar to make sweet, brown, paste-like dessert dulce de marañón Spanish name for cashew. The shell of cashew nut’s oil compounds can cause contact dermatitis like poison ivy phenolic lipids anacardiace acid, and cardanol. Cashews are not sold in shell to consumers. Extracts of shell wastes research nanomaterial biotechnology.
Annatto, achiote, rouco is derived from the seeds of achiote trees of subtropical regions around the world. The seeds has carotenoid yellow to orange food colouring and flavour. Annatto is used in cooking Latin American Caribbean cuisine colouring and flavouring. Central and South American natives use the seeds to make body paint or lipstick. Achiote is called lipstick-tree. Achiote originated in South America and spread to many parts of Asia. It is grown in other subtropical regions of Central America, Africa and Asia. Annatto is a naturally dye colour from bright yellow to deep orange. Many commercially made food products use annatto for edible colour.
A date palm tree in Walewale has grown to bear fruits in northern Ghana. A family who owns the tree said it bears fruits once in two years so the third time they harvested fruits. The fruits are delicious flourish in a climate of Walewale. Dates are sweet well preserved in good conditions keep long if stored. Sold in shops, supermarkets or grown by families play significant roles in people’s lives. Dates are eaten as hospitality snack meal delicacy or used in breaking fasts. Its socio-economic is profitable world wide exported traded in many countries. Date palm trees adapt well in hot climate will help local supply of fruits to improve livelihoods. Phoenix dactylifera date in palm family Arecaceae raffia. A date tree matures 4-8 years, a date fruit is size of grapes or palm kernel oval shaped. The ripe yellow date turns brown eaten or processed.
Watermelon seeds improve male fertility if processed bring relief is source of revenue to farmers. Watermelon is a dessert or part of a meal that benefits the body. 100 grams of watermelon contains 30 calories, fibre, sugar, protein, vitamins A, C, E, D, niacin, thiamine, B6, B12, acid pantothenic, calcium minerals, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc potassium and phosphorus. The antioxidant lycopene fights free radical compounds and maintains healthy heart. Protects the blood vessels and arteries hardening, antioxidant citrulline compound help balance histidine-arginine nitric oxide for elasticity of arteries and blood vessels. Lowers cholesterol avoids oxidative stress amino acid citrulline helps blood flow circulation. So fruit cultivated to increase revenue of the local economy had lower overhead cultivation cost in the major season. Young farmers grow it subsidised by agro-chemicals supplied to the watermelon farmers. Ada West District has watermelon crop cultivation agricultural project better for the environment due to climate changes. Numerous varieties of watermelons exist so has different sizes, shapes, tastes, textures.
Persimmon Sharon kaki fruits are delicious exotic fruits contains Vitamin A can prevent cancer and boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, strengthen bones, reduces blood pressure helps good skins. Persimmon fruits contains antioxidants, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, tannins and flavonoids. Eating these compounds can reduce risk of certain diseases, heart disease and diabetes. Grows in China thousands of years a delicious fruit and beautiful wood. Orange-coloured fruits have sweet honey-like taste. So many types include fuyu varieties heart-shaped hachiya persimmon Tannins unripe fruit dry, bitter taste must be fully ripe before eating. Fuyu persimmons contain tannins crisp, tomato shaped Fuyu eaten not fully ripe.Though small in size, persimmons are packed with nutrients. Persimmons is eaten fresh, dried cooked, jelly, drinks, pies, curry, puddings.
Passion fruit is in high demand so its one of the crops recently farmed on large scale for local consumption and export. It takes 12–18 months for planted vine to reach a fruit size. Large crops harvested in tropical areas get continuous cropping. In others summer and autumn. The fruits are ripe if skin wrinkles is picked before drops and is bruised. Global demand for passion has increased export to other countries from Africa. Ghana is recent cultivator small scale farming is increasing production so encourage farmers to grow it. Harriet Land 70 acre site situated on the hill in Pokrom Valley is 40 minutes to East of the factory’s main crop grown at site is passion fruit (Passiflora edulis). Passion fruit farm in Ruramba Sector, Nyaruguru District. Ghana local companies produce high quality fruits farmed for export market. Passion fruit is a vine species of the passion flower in native South America globalised on the larger scale market due to high world demands.
Prekese Plants (Tetrapleura tetraptera)
Prekese as popularly called in Ghana is used as a spice in most dishes prepared by Akans in Ghana. It provides dietary supplements in studies showing prekese extract reduces the risk of certain types of ulcer.
Kola Nuts(COLA ACUMINATE)
Its caffeine-rich nut found in native tropical Africa. The nut is considered the symbol of kindess. Its tasteless but is chewed before a meal to help digestion. Its a stimulant, helps increase oxygen levels in blood stream help focus and concentration. The Phytotherapy research 2004 edition showed kola nut was effective at reducing growth of the bacteria responsible for an illness like tuberculosis.
The plants help with health issues of people in Africa encouraged to use them instead of expensive synthetic pharmaceuticals drugs. People use them for the numerous benefits in cuisines or as herbs juiced or eaten. But is not mass produced for commercial business purposes. Reserach can benefit the world as a whole if properly grown and preserved. World Health Organization (WHO) in Ghana said 70% of the population depend on their traditional medicines for health care.” This is due to cultural and ideological beliefs and more affordable is accessible than modern medicine. Some locals consider treatment as first approach to common ailments through edible medicinal plants. Ghanaians use their everyday foods and herbs as their medicine for ailments and diseases. These herb foods depends on their chemical properties and uses. Many medicines are edible plants and readily made into tea, salads or directly put at treatable sites. Is processed and extracted to formulate modern medicines today. Some mentioned below notes uses or significance.
Edible Medicinal Plants Found in Ghana
#1: Senna Siamea
Siamese Cassia local name Abootre grows to 60 ft tall shade because of tree’s close leaves foliage. ean family Fabaceae, as it produces tender pods and edible seeds. Its leaves are edible contain active compound barakol. It is good at removing intestinal worms and prevents seizures in children. The dense inner part of the tree trunk is a laxative and treats scabies and malaria in Ghana. It has a phytochemical compounds antimalarial.
This plant is Akukor or akukɔ golden apple bright coloured fruit. The tree grows up to 82 feet and has white flowers before it bears fruit. Is part of cashew family Anacardiace’s fruit, leaves, flowers, bark used in medicine. The bark, flowers, leaves used as tea or treat cough, hemorrhoids, gonorrhea, convulsion, dysentery, contraceptive, child delivery. Its fruit eaten fresh or condiment jelly or juice.
Moringa OleiferaMoringa oleifera is drumstick tree, miracle tree, horseradish tree is a nutritious plant. Many parts used: roots, seeds, leaves, twigs, stalks, and bark. Its a miracle tree because it has vitamins, minerals, and proteins. A cup of fresh leaves contains protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, riboflavin, vitamin A, and magnesium. Its rich in antioxidants, helps reduce inflammation, it lowers cholesterol, helps body defence against arsenic toxicity contaminated water. The tree is important in Ghana as local family’s fight malnutrition.
Mondia Whitei, or white’s ginger, is a woody and resilient climbing plant that grows from a tuberous root. Its a plant locals associate with peace and power. Its pink and white flowers are fruity with unpleasant smell. Its leaves are heart shaped and stems woven as ropes. This plant roots and leaves make tea, ginger beer, powder or in food dishes. It is used to treat aches, pains, to improve sleep, hypertension, enhance urination, ease birth pains, and allergies. The plant’s nutritional value contains vitamins A, D, K, E; minerals, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, protein. The few plants endangered or threatened but is used traditional medicine or home remedies local Ghanaian’s first choice. It is important these plants recover for biological diversity of plants and leaves eaten by the animals. It is natural plant habitats for subsistence and commercial purposes preserved to ensure a healthy future is anti-inflammatory and for antituberculosis.
Botanical NameCurcuma longa, domestica Val., Stissera curcuma Raeusch., Amomum curcumaFamily of Zingiberaceae tumeric, Shambala: kitambwe: Swahili; mandano, manjano, kilunga kuku. Tumeric consists of the rhizomes of Curcuma longa. They occur as primary and secondary rhizomes. The primary rhizomes are ovate or pear shaped, while the secondary rhizomes or “fingers” more cylindrical and lateral. Tumeric inner yellow brown colour aroma slightly bitter.
Ethnomedicinal Uses — The plant is used in West Africa as an anthelmin or ointment for skin diseases. It is an anti-inflammatory agent applied as eyewash for conjunctivitis. In West Africa, powdered rhizome is mixed with flour into a paste applied to head for the relief of headache. It is an anointment on body of smallpox patients made to stay out in the sun. The rhizome and juice used in Mauritius as an emmenagogue. The plant contains 5% diaryl heptanoid curcuminoids, curcumin (diferuloylmethane), monodes-methoxycurcumin, dihydrocurcumin. The oil contains sesquiterpene ketones borneol, α-phellandrene, and zingiberine. Curcumin anti-inflammatory comparable in potency to phenylbutazone can inhibit carrageenan-induced inflammation based on research of productive age of the oldest C. genistoides.
Botanical Name Cymbopogon citratus(DC) Stapf. Andropogon citratus, A. ceriferus Heckel, A. nardus L. var. Ceriferus L. Rendle in Family of Poaceae called the Lemongrass, citronnelle (Fr.), fever grass, Bambara: kala; Igbo: nche awuta, ahihia tii; Turag (Arab): hhashellaymum; Yoruba: koriko oyibo, koko oba. Lemon grass is a dense tufted tall grass, grows to 120 cm. The leaves are grass-like so blades tapered to 90 cm long, 1.25 cm wide. It seldom flowers but do so flowers occur in panicles, inflorescences 30 to 60 cm long. It has bulbous base and gives a characteristic lemon aroma when broken. It is a perennial, propagated from the clones. The plant needs warm climate with plenty of sunshine. It is cultivated in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, other places. Lemongrass infused as tea drinks or for fevers and jaundice. It is cut and added to ciusines. Plant is diuretic, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, stomachic, tonic carminative, antirheumatic, antidiarrheal. The oil is used in cosmetics, perfumery among other uses. Lemongrass yields 0.7% oil consist of ocitral, a terpene aldehyde, geraniol, nerol, furfural, citronellal, methyleptenone, and myrcene, triterpenes cymbopogone, cymbopogonol. Decoction of leaves is a hypotensive diuretic effects in rats. Essential oil is antibacterial in vitro of geraniol neral content, oil is a mild depressant on CNS, analgesic or antipyretic. Recent research of the plant has no effect on body temperature, gastrointestinal motility, CNS. Plant devoid of hematological, cellular alterations mutagenic or embryonic toxicity Lemongrass oils repel mosquitoes research found. Topical application of a lemongrass essential oil provide 74–95% protection for 2.5 hours against two types of mosquito in a field study. People buy lemongrass essential oil in natural health stores and online.
PALMYRA TODDY BORASSUS
The (Palmyra fruit) Borassus flabellifer agor agɔ large fruit cultivated, planted in gardens parks as a landscape species is 10 cm (3.9 in) to 18 cm (7.1 in) wide. Green fruit turn black to orange husk clusters mature. Top of fruit cut sweet’s jelly seed translucent white soft pit hardens rocklike matured. The sweet jelly seed sockets of two, three, four seeds in the fruit is eaten. The jelly’s white fluid fruit in seed sockets turns into the soft orange or yellow mesocarp pulp ripe fruit. The sugary, dense, edible, rich vitamin A and C, contains bitter flabelliferrin steroid saponin. A fruit’s un/ripe seeds, fibre eaten, boiled, roasted or juiced. The skins of fruit like mango is eaten or made into sweet dishes yellowish viscous fluid. Sweet sap of the toddy palm fruit juice is drank. Dried fruit seed is eaten rock solid, coir fibre woven mats, ropes, firewood. The fruit is cooked with corn by Ewes, agor roots Ƒenke young shoots are boiled and eaten.
THE ACKEE FRUIT TREE
The ackee fruit known as atsia, akyia, achia, ankye, achee, akee, ackee apple, ayee fruit is blighiasapida is of a Sapindaceae soapberry family as lychee and longan. It is native fruit in tropical West Africa grown at home, farm or wild originally. It migrated to Jamaica in 1778 as country’s national fruit. Ackee and saltfish is Jamaican national dish prepared with ackee and salted codfish. Ackee’s soft delicious yellow fruit best eaten only after it opens. Delicate slightly nutty flavour tastes scrambled egg-like texture eaten uncooked. Its a vegetable ingredient in most Jamaican cuisine recipes. Do not open Ackee to eat its poison hypoglycin induces vomit, stomach cramps/abdominal pain, dizzy, diarrhoea, sweating 6-48 hours drowsiness, muscular dysfunction, mental disorientation. Glucose, IV doctor use in prognosis treat intoxication. A sweet drink given on way to health centre hospital cancel toxic ingested unripe arils of ackee fruit seeds symptoms start 2 hours of ingestion if is improperly roasted seed arils. To prepare Ackee be careful, wait for fruit’s protective pods to OPEN before picking it.
GOD’S FAVOURITE FRUIT POMEGRANATE
God’s favourite pomegranates are on prayer tassels and specific God’s Temple decoration HE designed. Pomegranate in Exodus 28:33-35 woven in priest garments pomegranate 613 holy seeds contains laws of God. Priests wore pomegranate in Exodus 28:33-35 of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around hem of robes with gold bell between them. The fruit seedling in Ghana Kissgreen world in Tema provides high quality pomegranate seedling. Benefits of pomegranates is an antioxidant. Pomegranates eaten throughout history for their health benefits of Vitamin C, as part of healthy diet can prevent cancer alzheimer’s disease, helps digestion, anti inflammatory, help check arthritis and heart disease. More than 15 health benefits of pomegranate juice published in Medical News Today articles on health of pomegranate’s many nutrients. The pomegranates contains two plant compounds with useful powerful medicinal properties. A pomegranate’s anti-inflammatory effects can help fight prostate cancer. Pomegranate can help fight breast cancer but get doctor’s advise. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure if without high sugar content used with a daily healthy good diet.
George, Ghana Superfoods & health 2017 as posted by Kay, Melbourne University.
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Otoo Bennet, Five Ghanaian Fruits 2018
IDEAS in Ghana to Promote United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land education funded projects, Tree Care & Organic Farm, Building Wells in the rural communities, Sustainable Ghana Initiatives.
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