101 foods that could save your life – Part2

 Bananas (Musa sp.)   Did you know…the banana is not actually a tree but, in fact, the world’s largest herb?   What’s the Story?   Arabian slave traders are credited with giving the banana its popular name. In Arabic Banan means “finger.” There are over 100 varieties of bananas but the most popular worldwide are the Apple, Silk, or Manzana; Cavendish (the most common imported variety to the United States); Cuban Red; Gros Michel; Ice Cream or Blue Java; Lady Finger; Orinoco, sometimes called “hog,” “burro,” or “horse” banana; Popoulu; … Continue reading

101 foods that could save your life – Part4

 Cinnamon   (Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum cassia)   Did you know…cinnamon was used in ancient Egypt to embalm the dead?   What’s the Story?   There are actually four types of cinnamon. Cinnamomum zeylanicum, more commonly known as “Ceylon,” is considered “true cinnamon.” The others are relatives with the most popular being cinnamomum cassia, also known as Chinese cassia or Indonesian cinnamon. Both come from the bark of an Asian evergreen tree. The bark is peeled off, dried, and allowed to form a roll—the common “cinnamon stick” that we know … Continue reading

101 foods that could save your life – Part6

 Mushrooms (Basidiomycota)   Did you know…to the untrained eye, there are no easily recogniz able differences between poisonous  and edible mushrooms? My grandmother’s  “surefire” method was to have my grandfather try the wild mushrooms  she picked first and if he suffered no ill effect, she then fed them to the family!   What’s the Story?   Mushrooms are actually the “fruits” of fungus called mycelium, growing in soil, wood, or decaying matter. There are thousands of varieties of mushrooms, ranging in size, shape, texture, and color. Some more popular types … Continue reading

101 foods that could save your life – Part5

 Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)   Did you know…if men want women to look younger, they should smell some grapefruit?  While wearing masks that were infused with various aromas, men and women were asked to estimate the age of models who appeared in photos. When women wore the mask in fused with grapefruit, their guesstimate was closer to the real age. But when men smelled the grapefruit, they guessed the models were six years younger than they actually were!   What’s the Story?   Grapefruit is thought to be a cross between … Continue reading

101 foods that could save your life – Part1

 Açaí (Euterpe oleracea)   Did you know…the antioxidant capacity or “ORAC” value for a four-ounce portion of Açaí is 6576? That is more than blueberries, strawberries, and red wine combined!   What’s the Story?   Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries are produced by a palm tree grown in the floodplain areas of the Amazon River in Brazil. Theye have a unique taste—like wildberries with a hint of slightly bitter chocolate—yum! The berry, about the same size as a blueberry, is ninety-five percent seed. The seeds are discarded, leaving the skin alone … Continue reading

101 foods that could save your life – Part3

 Cabbage (Brassica oleracea capitata)   Did you know…in some cultures, a bowl of cabbage soup is given to newlyweds the morning after their wedding as part of a fertility ritual? Perhaps that’s where the concept for “cabbage patch kids” came from!   What’s the Story?   Cabbage belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard) family, which includes other vegetables such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. The leafy head is the only edible part. It is eaten raw, cooked, and preserved. There are over four hundred different varieties of cabbage to … Continue reading