Saturday, March 1, 2014

What's In Season - March + Kiwi Facts

Northern California
Kiwi, what a wonderful fruit!! Much like apples and pears, which are available from cold storage well into spring, kiwis are a nice alternative to imported fruit during the winter months. What we now call kiwi or kiwifruit was long referred to as "Chinese gooseberry" in New Zealand, where the fruit flourished after being brought from China early in the last century. In the 1960s, when the then-exotic fruit was introduced in California, it was dubbed the kiwi after the national bird of New Zealand.
Is Organic Healthier?
As the debate rages on about whether organically grown food is better for us than the "conventional" produce we have become used to, a new study sides firmly with organic. Scientists found that some organic food is more healthy after tests on kiwi fruit grown by both methods.The American researchers discovered that organically grown kiwis had significantly higher levels of vitamin C and polyphenols - compounds associated with health benefits including reducing cholesterol, improving circulation and preventing cancer. I'm not surprised - just one more reason to go with organic -- when you can!! xx's 

•asian greens
•bok choy
•brussels sprouts
Fruits and Nuts
•dried fruit

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