Here are three Spanish favorites – what a fun way to enjoy eating healthy and share in a little more creativity time. Makes eating healthy and feeling better a lot more FUN!
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A Little Fresh FRUIT History (Wikipedia)
Kiwi – Kiwifruit is native to southern China where it has been declared a National Fruit of China. Other species of Actinidia are native to India, Japan, and southeastern Siberia. Cultivation of the fuzzy kiwifruit spread from China in the early 20th century, when seeds were introduced to New Zealand by Mary Isabel Fraser, the principal of Wanganui Girls’ College, who had been visiting mission schools in Yichang, China. The seeds were planted in 1906 by a Wanganui nurseryman, Alexander Allison, with the vines first fruiting in 1910.
Spain grows some 23,100 tons of kiwi’s each year.
Bananas – Some sources assert that Musa is named for Antonius Musa, physician to the Emperor Augustus.Others say that Linnaeus, who named the genus in 1750, simply adapted an Arabic word for banana,mauz. The word banana is generally said to be derived from the Wolof word banaana. Some 70 species of Musa were recognized by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families as of January 2013; several produce edible fruit, while others are cultivated as ornamentals.
Tangarine – Tangerines are a good source of vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene.They also contain somepotassium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2 and B3. Also contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin.Tangerine oil, like all citrus oils, has limonene as its major constituent, but also alpha-pinene,myrcene, gamma-terpinene, citronellal, linalool, neral, neryl acetate, geranyl acetate, geraniol,thymol, and carvone.
New research from The University of Western Ontario has discovered a substance in tangerine skins that not only prevents obesity in mice, but also offers protection against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvihill, a PhD student, studied the effects of a flavonoid in tangerines called Nobiletin. Their research is published in the journal Diabetes.