All the Colors of the Rainbow 2– Orange
That’s right dear readers, we are doing a sequel to the Colors of the Rainbow series! This year we are going to kick it all up a notch by featuring a fruit and a vegetable combination for each color in the spectrum. So, refill that cup of coffee, and stay seated as we introduce the next color on the visible spectrum, the color of sun sets and autumn, orange.
Where do Persimmon’s come from?
Persimmons originated from China at its earliest cultivation and spread to both Korea and Japan over time. It didn’t make its way into the United States, successfully, until 1870 a little after Japan was forced to open its borders to the rest of the world in 1853.
After a failed attempt to cultivate the trees in Washington D.C. The United States successfully grafted to California, Florida, and Georgia.
The persimmon tree grows from seed to 40-foot tall trees that bear sweet smelling, yellow flowers. Eventually, the tree creates sweet tasting fruit.
Nutritional Benefits of Persimmons:
- First, the fruit itself is low in fats and has a 9.5% DV of soluble or insoluble fiber.
- Also, it has a 55% daily value of vitamin A and a 21% daily value of vitamin C. Both play an important role in boosting your immune system and fighting infections.
- It also has a good amount of manganese, vitamin B, copper, and phosphorous, all minerals that contribute to boosting metabolism and strengthening bone structures.
Where do Orange Carrots come from?
It is a popular belief among historians that carrots were originally cultivated from wild parsnips in Ancient Greece, thanks to various historical records. However, this particular cultivation was a pale yellow version of the carrot that we know today.
However, it wasn’t until the yellow version was crossbred with a red variety from Asia Minor that the orange variety was created for medicinal purposes, in the Middle Ages. Eventually, the purpose of the carrot shifted from medicinal to culinary, and now it is one of the most popular vegetables in the United States.
Nutritional Benefits of Orange Carrots:
- Carrots carry a beta-carotene, a type of vitamin that our bodies convert to vitamin A.
- They also contain carotenoids, a type antioxidant that is responsible for creating a golden glowing pigmentation in your skin.
- There are existing scientific studies that point to carrots having kidney cancer-fighting properties.
- Also, those studies also suggest that carrots can help decrease the aging of cells.
Recipe of the week: Persimmon Carrot Soup
Persimmons and Carrots are a common combination in a cake. However, you can combine them into a tasty soup. Today’s recipe is Carrot Persimmon Soup. Click on the photo below if you want to try it out.