Flavors of the Nations Series
Did you know that there are over 100 varieties of Daikon radishes in danger of extinction because of its lack of commercial value?
Currently, Japan produces and consumes 90% of the annual world's Daikon radish crops. If you have ever wondered what the Japanese do to keep healthy, well, they eat lots of Daikon radish!. They are traditionally served at the end of a Japanese meal, two thin slices pickled and sun-dried.
Did you know that the industry behind transporting bananas is the one to thank for the idea of nowadays cruise ships?.
In the years between 1902 -1935, the United Fruit enterprise, having built an empire and gained a lot of influence in most of Central America, had also acquired 95 shipping vessels to transport up to a half million each of Central American grown bananas "Gros Michel" over to the USA. They had painted their shipping vessels white, naming them the Great White Fleet.
Did you know that insects are the ones to blame or thank for those bizarre looking like squashes of different shapes and colors?.
All of the squash family blossoms are pollinated by insects, and they are responsible for cross-pollination with each other. Pollen from the flower of one variety of squash can get transported via insect to a different kind of squash where it can fertilize that plant. The squash that grow from these plants will still resemble that what you initially planted.
Did you know that the lack of clarity in how sweet potatoes arrived to the Pacific islands from Central and South America still puzzles scientists today?.
Scientists have recently sequenced DNA from sweet potatoes grown across the Pacific.
Did you know there are Eastern carrots of different color than Western carrots?. They even have a variation in their names to identify them. Eastern carrots are called Daucus carota ssp. sativus var. atrorubens Alef. and the Western carrots are called Daucus carota ssp. sativus var. Sativus.
The Eastern carrots are often called anthocyanin carrots because or their purple/black color, but they can be yellow and red as well. These are traditionally grown in Turkey, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan
Did you know that dark leafy green veggies are some of the most powerful detoxifiers we have at hand?. They support our body with nutrition, oxygenation, alkalization, and detoxification.
Dark leafy greens are not necessarily the first thing we crave in the morning or when we lay awake at night dreaming about food. Many of us struggle or force ourselves the salad in our mouth because we know that is good for us, right?. Oh, how should we know better!
Dark leafy greens provide our body with fol
Did you know that before coffee became one of our favorite morning drinks of choice, people drank beer and wine for breakfast?
In many places drinking water was so full of harmful bacteria that to ensure their health they turned to beer and wine.
Did you know that in Sanskrit languages turmeric is called "which gives delight to heart", "one that wins over diseases", "which cures fevers", "killer of worms", "which dissolves fat", "enhancer of body complexion", "which produces good smell" amongst many other names?
Did you know that the sorrel plant is also cultivated for the production of bast fiber from its stem? The fiber can be used in making cordage for burlap.
In India, it is primarily cultivated for its bast fibers. But has also been used in folk medicine as a diuretic and mild laxative. The leaves are mixed with green chillies, salt and some garlic to prepare a chutney which is served with sorghum or millet made as a flat bread. This is eaten by farmers as breakfast to start their day. The leaves
Did you know that eating Papaya helps to restore your eyes from exposure to blue light rays and also protects against UV rays?.
In this digital age we are living in, protecting our sight should be in our list of highest priorities. Who would have thought that the delicious Papaya would do that?!.