All the Colors of the Rainbow 2 – Green
There is an abundance of the color green in our naturally grown food thanks to the chloroplasts in plants that aid them in the process of photosynthesis. Practically every creature on earth either directly or indirectly feed on the nutrients that plants provide, so there is quite a lot to be thankful for when it comes to greens. Today’s green vegetable after much deliberation is an increasingly popular plant, kale. Today’s green fruit to go with it are Granny Smith apples.
The story of kale is an interesting one. Mainly, because cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts, share a common ancestor, Brassica oleracea. The plant was modified and bred over time to create the variety of vegetables that we have today, including kale.
Its earliest recorded history is a little confusing, because of the limited translation and vocabulary that was used to define edible plants. Ancient Roman manuscripts described all derivatives of the original plant, Brassica, making it unclear when each cultivation happened.
We do know, that by the middle ages that kale had been cultivated and spread throughout Europe, mainly in France, and Germany. Even Russia bred a certain variety that would last during the harsh winters. Today, it is highly regarded as a superfood and is a hit among fans of organic foods.
- Kale has a high number of vitamins such as vitamin K, A, C, and B 1,2,6.
- The highest vitamin content it has is vitamin K1, which is essential in helping your blood clot and prevent excessive bleeding.
- Kale also has anti-inflammatory health benefits
- There is also evidence suggesting that it contains cancer preventative benefits.
Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith Apples originated much more recently than most people realize. Its serendipitous origins started in 1868. The founder of the apple company, Maria Ann Smith found a sapling growing by a creek on her property. She had tossed leftover crab apple seeds in that area. After the tree grew and bore fruit, she found quickly that they were great for cooking and snacking.
Washington apple orchards grew the apple commercially during the late 1960’s, in the US. It is still popular today for its green color and sour taste.
Green Apple Nutrition
- Granny Smith apples have a high amount of potassium, an electrolyte that is great for balancing sodium intake, nerve impulses, digestion, and muscle contractions.
- It also has vitamin A, a vitamin that is an essential antioxidant that boosts your immune system and is useful in maintaining healthy vision.
- It also has a lower sugar content than the average apple with just 9g.
- And, it is only 58 calories a serving.
Recipe: Beginners Luck Green Smoothie
While salads are all well and good, sometimes you need a break from routine. So, this recipe is a fantastic way to get the nutrients you need, while you step back from the daily salad. Click on the photo below for a link to the recipe.