Did you know that you can put sweet potatoes in pancakes? Sweet potatoes are considered a "super food" because they are so nutritious! Do you feel super after eating them? George Washington, our first president, thought they were pretty super too. He grew them on his farm in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Do you think President Obama is growing sweet potatoes in the White House garden?
The sauce in your box today is Honey Mustard - basically mustard mixed with honey. Did you know mustard is made of ground seeds from a mustard plant? Mustard is actually related to broccoli! Like broccoli, it is very nutritious, high in B vitamins and minerals. Mustard is popular all over the world. Give it a try on your ham sandwich.
Did you know there are over 7,000 types of apples? The one in your box today is a Fuji Apple. People often think of apples as American, but they are actually native to Central Asia. China is the world’s leading grower of apples, although, the ones in your box were grown right here in California. Do you know what family the apple comes from? Ask your parents if they know, or look up the answer, I think you'll be surprised.
Have you ever tried purple cauliflower before? It tastes a lot like the white variety, maybe a little sweeter. It gets its color from the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which is also found in red cabbage. Purple cauliflower is not only prettier than the white one, it also has more vitamin A too! So give it a try in the ranch dip and see what you think!
Did you know that cinnamon comes from the bark of a cinnamon tree? Kind of makes you wonder what other tree bark tastes like! Most people don't think about spices as being a nutritious food, but they are in fact very good for you. Cinnamon contains calcium and manganese, both important in building bones and tissue. In Roman times, cinnamon was very valuable, it was worth even more than silver.
Have you ever seen a black vegetable? The Spanish Black Radish has black skin and white inside. It is a SUPER nutritious type of winter radish. You could say it has a "black belt"in nutrition. This radish has been used to prevent the common cold, help with digestion, lower cholesterol and fight cancer. It has a pretty surprising taste to it, and is very yummy dipped in the ranch.
The tiny orange fruit in your lunch today is called a Kumquat. The best way to eat it is with the skin on. Actually, the sweetest part of the fruit is the skin! The inside is quite tangy, so the skin balances the sweet and tart flavors. The fruit is native to China, where it is a symbol of prosperity and a traditional gift on Chinese New Year.
The yellowish fruit in your box is a Mexican pear guava. You might remember having it's cousin, the strawberry guava, in your box a few weeks ago. This one tastes like a tropical pear. There are more than 150 different types of guavas in the world.
Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the 17th century introduced guava to many parts of the world. If you were a sailor, exploring the world for the first time, what food would you be most excited to share?
Dates are grown in Palm trees that are of the genus of the Phoenix. Fossil records show dates have been grown for at least 50 million years! There are many types of dates, but the type in your box today taste like caramels. You’ve probably eaten dates many times without knowing it: in bars, cookies, and dessert. Dates are also packed with lots of vitamins and minerals.