A Haitian Treasure: Chadek (Grapefruit)

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Grapefruit, Citrus x paradisi, is a sour citrus fruit that grows in every continent (except...Antartica). Grapefruit is called chadek in Haitian Kreyol (chadeque in French). This fragrant fruit is actually a genetic cross between Jamaican sour orange and a South Asian fruit called pomelo or shaddock. The word chadek, thus, is the Haitian Kreyol adaptation of the word shaddock. Grapefruit originated in Barbados, and was nicknamed "the forbidden fruit" or one of the "seven wonders of Barbados" back in the 1700's. Since then, grapefruit has spread all over the world, including Haiti. Over the centuries, various cultures have explored and embraced the numerous healing benefits of grapefruit. Let's dive in!
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Chadek is very commonly consumed in Haiti, as it grows abundantly in Haiti's beautiful tropical climate. While some Haitians enjoy eating grapefruit as it is, many Haitians more frequently use grapefruit for dried fruit candies, juice, tea, or in baths. As a kid, I used to hate when my grandma made grapefruit juice. She would always insist that it's good for me, but I was way too put off by the sour taste. Now that I'm older and can appreciate the healing benefits of this gem of a fruit, I frequently drink grapefruit juice!

Grapefruit is consumed perhaps most commonly in Haiti as a delicious jelly delicacy called "konfiti" (confiture in French). This jelly confection is often combined with other warming herbs, such as star anise, cinnamon, and ginger, as well as sugar and other ingredients. It is absolutely delicious and you should definitely try it!


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A Haitian Treasure Tea: Ginger/Gingembre

I’ve been craving ginger tea like crazy these past few weeks. I think it’s because it’s getting super chilly here in New York. In my Acupuncture program, we were taught that ginger root, Gan Jiang in Chinese, warms the interior” since it’s a heating herb. There’s so much evidence-based clinical research out there, which details the amazing health benefits of ginger. Ginger is amazing for fighting colds and flus, it’s super effective for treating digestive upset (especially nausea), it readily reduces pain and inflammation, and so much more.
Ginger is called "Gingembre" in Haitian Kreyol, and is often consumed in a delicious tea in combination with other herbs. I wanted to share with you a delicious formula that I've been working with this season. This tea is packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune-boosting constituents. I've talked about several of these healing ingredients on my blog before, so I'll link them below!