Gimme a C for Citrus!

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When I was 15 I had two secret wishes: first to become a ninja, second to be an astronaut. As I was already practicing my throwing-stars and rubber nunchucks skills in the backyard, I decided to join the Civil Air Patrol (aka C.A.P.) I had a plan and it involved packing my young resume with the "right stuff" as a ploy to get my local congressman in Pennsylvania to sign off on my impending application to the Air Force Academy. I would finally realize my dream of becoming the first ninja-astronaut in space. After two months in C.A.P. of standing at attention, about-facing, and polishing my boots, we went on a day trip to practice our bivouacking skills. Our lanky 40-something leader, who had never been in the military, yelled instructions at us from a car in the parking lot and sipped hot coffee from a silver thermos while we stood in the cold March morning in a local park trying to balance three large tree branches together and fortify it with a canopy of pine needles. "Now make a fire!" he yelled. "It'll save your life someday." Later that afternoon as I explained to my mom how I had tripped into the fire and singed my hand, she cut off a piece of an aloe plant in our kitchen. I marveled how the soothing juice cooled the burn on my skin and I realized that my mom had a bit of ancient healing-knowledge in her that I never noticed before. It was ninja plant knowledge. A knowledge that I knew I needed if I were to survive the rigorous challenges of life in the Philadelphia suburbs. Sure, I ditched the ninja-astronaut stage a few months later, but the wonder of the earth and its bounty seems to have stuck.

Vitamin C-itrus: Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking points out that human evolution and plant evolution are linked. He notes that although fruits and veggies contribute only modestly to protein and caloric consumption, they're our major source of several vitamins. One of the most essential vitamins we get from fruit is Vitamin C. And winter fruit is vitamin C (give me a "C" for CITRUS!) territory. We also have to be aware as we exist in this modern world how the food we eat (which can be like healing medicine in its own right) reacts with our modern lifestyle. Grapefruit, for example, can have adverse affects on certain medications people take. Generally it can increase the potency of the medicine prescribed, always check with your doctor for dietary restrictions if you are on medication.

Check out this week's mix (photos and fruit descriptions) on our In the Mix page.

Enjoy and be fruitful!


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