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11 top delicacies for Jivitputrika or jitiya


Jivitputrika or jitiya Jivitputrika or jitiya is a festival celebrated for the well being and prosperity of the children. Mothers fast and pray for the long life of their kids. This is mainly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh. When and how to celebrate Jivitputrika/ jitiya This is a 3 days festival and starts from seventh lunar day of Krishna-Paksha in Ashvin month to ninth lunar day. As per english calendar, this festival is celebrated in September. These three days are celebrated as 1.Nahai – Khai (Satwmi) 2.Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day (Asthami) 3.Paaran (Naomi)
Nahai khai – This is the preparatory day and as per the rituals – Mothers take bath in the morning and take food. The food generally consists of – Pua, Kheer, Sevai Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day The actual festival day. Mothers observe whole day fast. They do not take water, for almost 24 hours or more. It is also customary to have Sargi, something …

Papaya


Papayas are spherical or pear in shaped fruits that can be as long as 20 inches. The ones commonly found in the market are usually about 7 inches and weigh about one pound. Their flesh is a rich orange color with either yellow or pink hues. Papaya has a wonderfully soft, butter-like consistency and deliciously sweet, musky taste. The inner cavity of the fruit has black, round seeds encased in a gelatinous-like substance. Papaya’s seeds are edible, although their peppery flavor is somewhat bitter.
The fruit and the other parts of the papaya tree, contain papin, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and is also used as an ingredient in some chewing gums. Papain is a protease which is useful in tenderizing meat and other proteins. It has the ability to break down tough meat fibers were used for thousands of years by indigenous Americans. It is included as a component in powdered meat tenderizers. Papaya was respectably called the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus. This fruit was once considered an exotic fruit but now is available right through the year although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall.
Green papaya is used as a folk remedy for contraception and abortion by Women in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Enslaved women in the West Indies were noted for consuming papaya to prevent pregnancies and thus preventing their children from being born into slavery. Unripe papaya is especially effective in large amounts or high doses. Ripe papaya is not teratogenic and will not cause miscarriage in small amounts. Papaya is frequently used as a hair conditioner, but should be used in small amounts. Papaya releases a latex fluid when not quite ripe, which can cause irritation and provoke allergic reaction in some people.
Papaya is considered a powerhouse of nutrients. It has many health benefits and nutrition experts advocate generous intake of fruits for optimum health as these food items are loaded with all the benefits. Fruits are goldmine of vitamins, minerals and fibre and are ideal to consume at least 4-5 servings in a day. Since they are in the natural form, account for largest part of water and 100% bad cholesterol free, it’s much easier for the body to process and absorb the vitamins and minerals from the fresh fruit.
Selection
Papayas turn from green to yellow-orange as they ripen. Choose fruit that is at least half yellow. The neck will still be somewhat green when the rest is ripe. The skin should be smooth, unbruised, and unshriveled. Avoid hard, overly soft and dark spots.
Recommended Storage
Ripen in a paper bag with a banana. Refrigerate papaya in a plastic bag for up to 5 days.

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