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An Article On Fresh Vegetables That Are Nutritional And Widely Available

Updated on August 10, 2016

Fresh And Crunchy Carrots

Fresh Homegrown Carrots From The Vegetable Garden

Most Popular Root Vegetable In The United States

The carrot is labeled as a root vegetable and is part of the umbelliferae family of plants. A carrot is currently scientifically classified as daucus carota. Originally the crunchy carrots were native to the Afghanistan and Iran regions. The great country of China began cultivating carrots in the fourteenth century and currently today the Chinese harvest a third of all carrots sold in supermarkets worldwide. The carrot was first introduced to colonial America in the seventeenth century and today the carrot is one of the most popular root vegetables in the United States. Fresh carrots are usually thought to only be a bright orange color, but actually carrots can come in a wide array of different vibrant colors. Generally the carotene levels contained within the carrots will naturally give them there distinctive bright orange color. In fact, fresh carrots can also be purple, white, black, yellow, and even red types exist. The taproot of a carrot normally has a long conical type shape, but some carrot varieties can be round in shape. Most often the root diameter for a carrot will range from one to ten centimeters at the widest part and the roots length commonly averages from ten to twenty-five centimeters long. Growing fresh carrots from seeds will generally take about four months for the vegetables to reach maturity. A carrot plant is classified as a biennial plant and by summer it grows a rosette of leaves. Planting carrot plants to harvest fresh locally grown vegetables is rather simple and the plants require very little maintenance. The carrot plants often grow the best in full sun or partial shade. Ideal soil conditions for planting carrot plants will normally consist of deep, loose, and well-drained soil types. Several popular carrot varieties for planting will commonly include the Danvers, Top Cuts, Navajo, Sirkana, Inca, or Camdon types. Fresh carrots are commonly consumed in America and the average American adult will consume an average of twelve pounds of carrots each year. Furthermore, carrots only contain twenty-five calories per serving and are eighty-eight percent water. A fresh carrot is highly abundant in nutritious vitamins, healthy antioxidants, wholesome phytonutrients, and key minerals. The crunchy carrots multitude of nutritional vitamins will generally include the important vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B-one, vitamin B-three, and the crucial vitamin B-six. Common health-giving minerals will encompass the essential biotin, zinc, folate, potassium, molybdenum, phosphorus, copper, manganese, dietary fiber, and the vital pantothenic acid. Fresh carrots also contain many fundamental phytonutrients, antioxidants, lutein, carotenoids, zeaxanthin, falcarinol, and facorindiol. The crunchy carrots naturally offer many medicinal benefits for the human body that commonly will include regulating blood sugar levels, noticeably promotes vision health, significantly lowers glaucoma risk, lowers the risk of macular degeneration, lowers the risk for cataracts, considerably regulates blood pressure, reduces hypertension, blocks against heart attacks, protects against cardiovascular disease, significantly reduces risk for strokes. Other benefits will normally consist of profoundly reducing the signs of premature aging, boost the immune system, aids in digestion, vastly detoxifies the body, prevents oxidative damages inside of the body, promotes skin health, promotes oral health, clearly promotes healthy gums, boost organ functions, largely increases blood flow, and circulation. A carrot carries anti-cancer properties that reduce the risk of developing lung cancer and blocks colon cancer cells. The health-giving carrot also delivers important antiseptic qualities that can generally be used as laxatives, vermicide, remedies for liver conditions, immensely improves stomach and gastrointestinal health.

Nutritious Brussel Sprouts

Resemble Miniature Cabbage Heads

A brussel sprout belongs to the brassicaceae family and is scientifically classified as brassica oleracea. Brussel sprouts revealingly resemble miniature cabbage heads and are members of the gemmifera group of leafy green cabbages. The brussel sprouts first originated in the country of Belgium around the thirteenth century. Edible brussel sprouts have been growing in Belgium ever since and are presently widely popular today in the city of Brussels, Belgium. Although, the worlds largest producer of the edible buds are the Netherlands at eighty-two thousand metric tons produced each year. In the United States a brussel sprout never came into existence until around the eighteenth century and at that time the edible buds were finally cultivated in America. Currently today the United States produces a total of nearly thirty-two thousand metric tons of brussel sprouts each year. On average, a brussel sprout field is suitable for harvest ninety to one-hundred and eighty days after planting the vegetables. A brussel sprout generally grows two to five centimeters in diameter, the edible buds grow on long thick stalks, and typically mature over several short weeks. The sprouts vastly multiply from the lower to the upper section of the long stalks and each stalk is capable of creating two to three pounds of edible sprouts. In Belgium the brussel sprouts are harvested in September through the month of March and the sprouts are highly appraised as a traditional winter stock vegetable. A brussel sprout is commonly recognized as a green colored vegetable, but truly the edible sprouts can be a multitude of various colors. Some brussel sprouts can be a vibrant purple in color. These particular purple sprouts are typically known as ''ruby crunch'' or ''red bull.'' The brussel sprout only contains thirty-eight calories per serving and naturally carries the organic compound known as glucosinolate sinigrin that bears sulfur. A brussel sprout delivers numerous healthy vitamins, important antioxidants, and key minerals to the human body. Common vitamins will encompass vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B-one, vitamin B-two, and vitamin B-six. Some of the wholesome minerals generally include folate, iron, folic acid, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, copper, and choline. Other nutritious benefits will typically consist of phytochemicals, sulforaphane, indole-three-carbinal, glucosinalate, phenethyl-isothiocyanate, glucoraphanin, omega-three fatty acids, and even ally-isothiocyanate. The numerous medicinal benefits of brussel sprouts generally will include substantially lowering cholesterol levels, detoxifies the body, aids in digestion, a natural blood thinner, prevents thyroid gland risk, notably prevents obesity, lowers the risk of ischemic heart disease, greatly prevents bacterial overgrowth of helicobacter pylori in the stomach, reduces the risk of heart attacks, lowers risk of crohn's disease, appreciably helps with rheumatoid arthritis, prevents cardiovascular diseases, reverses blood vessel damage. Other common medicinal benefits normally consist of exceedingly helping with inflammatory bowl disease, reduces oxidative stress, helps with metabolic syndrome, markedly reduces the risk of irritable bowl syndrome, helps with type two diabetes, and ulcerative colitis. Brussel sprouts naturally carry cancer-protective substances that abundantly help lower the risk of ovarian, bladder, prostate, breast, colon, and lung cancers.

Crispy Celery

Celery Is Used In Various Medications

The fresh celery vegetable belongs to the apiaceae family and is classified scientifically as apium graveolens. Crunchy celery first originated from northern Africa areas to the marshlands of the Mediterranean regions. A celery plant is a marshland plant variety that is generally grown from seeds and grows best when planted in deep trenches. Mature celery plants are commonly harvested in early September through late April and can normally reach heights of six to eight inches tall. Although, the wild celery growing in the backcountry is capable of reaching a whopping three feet in height. Fresh celery is currently consumed all around the world as a vegetable and in the United States an average adult eats about six pounds of celery each year. The bright green celery found in the produce sections of supermarkets in the United States is always a Pascal celery variety. A fresh stalk of celery is normally thought to only be a bright green color, but actually celery comes in several different colors. Fresh celery can sometimes be a sheer white color, a rich red color, possibly a deep green color, or maybe even a vibrant gold color. The celery seeds are used as a spice and there extracts are used in various medications. Furthermore, celery seeds are often used in certain pain relieving pills by using the compound three-butylphthalide and have even been scientifically proven to considerably lower blood pressure in lab rats. In fact, at the lab celery extracts have been scientifically proven to react similar to uterine stimulants. Polyynes are typically found within the celery vegetable and there extracts show cytotoxic activities. In general, from a chemistry perspective lunularin is a dihydrastilbenoind that is found within celery. Apiin and apigenin can even be extracted from the celery vegetable. A fresh celery stalk delivers numerous amounts of essential vitamins, vital antioxidants, and a great abundance of beneficial minerals to the human body. The common essential vitamins contained within celery include vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B-two. A basic summary for the fresh vegetables vital antioxidants generally will encompass furanacacaumarins, polysaccharides, flavonoids, phenolic nutrients, and apiuman. Several beneficial minerals of celery will typically entail molybdenum, pantothenic acid, folate, manganese, potassium, and dietary fiber. The medicinal benefits for fresh celery are innumerable, but a simple review is always helpful. Celery is known to greatly boost the immune system, protects against oxidative damage to cells, naturally lowers blood pressure, carries many cardiovascular benefits, supports reheumatoid arthritis, aids in calming the nerves, often cures gout, and carries anti-inflammatory benefits. Other typical medicinal benefits consist of significantly reducing asthma symptoms, prevents urinary tract infections in women, aids in weight loss, naturally lowers cholesterol levels, enhances activities in white blood cells, aids in migraine relief, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, protects against inflammation in the digestive tract, detoxifies the body, protects the blood vessels, and organ systems. A celery vegetable naturally carries numerous antiseptic and diuretic properties. Both of these particular properties are very efficient in promoting proper bladder and kidney health to the human body. The numerous medicinal properties of celery also include several critical anti-cancer benefits that considerably reduce the risk of developing bladder, stomach, and colon cancers.

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      peachy 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love carrots but not celery,