Few weeks ago, I already tried to convince you that autumn is not as fierce as you paint it , remember? We conclude that, although it is true that it is a time in which we generally feel more sad about the return to routine after the summer period, the hormonal rebalances we suffer because of the shortening of our exposure to the sun and the exhaustion after making a summit on the September slope, autumn is also a season of regeneration, of recollection, of rest, in which we must take care of the sowing.
Our mission: to take care of ourselves inside and out, physically and psychologically … also in autumn!
That is the challenge.
As we already know each other and there is confidence, I have to confess that I have some memory problems and that is why I thought that to review the typical products of this season, we better do it through “chascarrillos” that will hopefully help us retain a little more information.
To start, give them pumpkins !:
They are one of the best foods to improve our defenses, thanks to the high amount of beta-carotene that our incredible body transforms into vitamin A to strengthen our immune system. So you know: if they are brats or have an infection in the bronchi, lungs or throat, this is their flagship product. All our lives crying when they give us pumpkins and it turns out that they are doing us a favor!
By the way: do you know where this expression comes from? They were the times of Alexander the Great when this fruit was attributed to the annihilating properties of the livid and indispensable food to combat amorous escapades. The years passed and the monks maintained this tradition, assuring that eating their nuggets helped fulfill the vow of chastity. In the years of Cervantes this expression was used to express the “rebuff or not grant someone what he asks” and not so long ago, in rural areas of Catalonia, the pumpkin was used to throw out the door to foreign suitors who did not receive the approval of the family of the wench to whom they pretended. I leave it there.
Granada is not only the dream land:
They will fall in love with this fruit as soon as they finish reading. It is one of the best natural antioxidants that exist, three times more powerful than green tea. Rich in vitamins A, B and C, in potassium, fiber, flavonoids, tannins and a few acids and “-enoles” whose name I do not want to remember. Good to fight fever, sore throats and ear infections, to fight against cholesterol and improve blood circulation, we must not get rid of either their outer skin or their inner cells, because in them is another of its wonderful Treasures: high amounts of Omega 5.
His chalice inspired the design of the crowns
And not only that: it is the protagonist in the shield of our nation – the only case in the whole world -, a symbol of fertility from the times of the Egyptians to the present day if we travel to the East, one of the bonsai most appreciated by the Japanese, turns pink before acid solutions and green before basic solutions. Amazing, right?
Guess riddle …
“I have a hat but I do not have a head, I have a foot but I do not have a shoe, who am I?”
Our guests are one of the classics of autumn. Low in carbohydrates and fats, and rich in fiber, mineral salts, phosphorus, potassium, iron, sodium and trace elements, help our tissues, our nervous system, to lose weight and fight anemia.
The oldest living being in the world is 2,800 years old
No, I promise you it’s not Jordi Hurtado. This is a neighbor of Oregon, measures 890 hectares, lives underground and is called Armillaria Ostoyae. Have they solved our riddle yet? Exact! It is a mushroom.
Autumn would not be the same without the unmistakable smell of roasted chestnuts. With 190 kcal per 100 grams, whether cooked, roasted or raw, chestnuts are an important source of fiber, carbohydrates, several B vitamins, potassium and iron. Therefore they are highly recommended for states of weakness, exhaustion and for athletes.
They are known as the small loaves of Nature.
There are no Castilian sayings related to this fruit of autumn: “do not give me the chestnut”, “I’m getting 40 chestnuts”, “often chestnut,” “he knocked it out of a chestnut tree”, “little chestnut you took hold on Saturday”, “I took the chestnuts out of the fire” … can you think of any more?
The spinach and the Popeye fortress:
You remember Popeye, right? The seated sailor with the pipe in his mouth. For the matter of your strength and the spinach pots has its grace, you will see. When the Second World War ended, there were so many people with anemia in the United States that the government sought a solution carrying out numerous studies on different foods. In one of them the poor “escribano” forgot to put a comma attributing 100 grams of spinach 17 mg. of iron, instead of the 1.7 that they actually contain. As no one detected the error at that time, Elzie Crisler Segar created in January 1929 the famous sailor who became a bull when eating spinach.
Popeye taught us the importance of a coma
With lots of water, few fats and carbohydrates and lots of fiber, vitamins and mineral salts, spinach is a very healthy food, but if we talk about iron, let us know that cacao, without going any further, has 10 times more content. iron than spinach. How does the body stay?
Legumes: I like my puchero!
They are ideal throughout the year, but especially for the rigors of autumn and for any diet, but especially in vegetarians or vegans, given their high protein intake. In addition, they contain carbohydrates, lots of fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. They are natural rejuvenators, improving the health of our skin, hair, nails, muscles and nervous tissues.
When we turn them into stews, they also help to raise the body temperature and help us to better handle the rigors of winter. Just a precaution: be careful if you have high uric acid and if you live with friends or partner, you understand me.
Do you know that it was the first domestic cultivation of man? The tataratatatatatatatamas of our legumes were found in Thailand and date from about ten thousand years ago.
Babylon arose thanks to lentils
As it has happened later with the rest of big cities and civilizations born thanks to social stabilization. The pulses have accompanied us throughout history and have removed much hunger. Tell them to the soldiers of any army in the world!
Is it a bird or a fruit? The Actinidia Delicious .
He was born in China, on the slopes of the Himalayas, the fruit of a climbing plant that can exceed nine meters in height. There he was not very successful and traveled to England with similar results, until in 1904 he was exported to New Zealand as an ornamental plant where they soon realized their fruits, enjoying so much prestige and appreciation that they gave him the common name of the flightless bird, national emblem, of the same name: the kiwi.
The Maori cousin who is also a bird but does not fly
With almost twice as much vitamin C as its cousins, oranges and lemons, it is also very rich in fiber and antioxidants, which delays the aging of tissues, strengthens the immune system and helps the recovery of bone and cartilage lesions, reduces Stress and fluid retention, combat constipation and anemia, protect from sunlight and improve digestion and blood circulation.
The Persimmon arrives … For all saints!
This fruit is undoubtedly the perfect standard bearer of autumn. Its unmistakable sweet flavor makes it a carrier of a high percentage of carbohydrates in relation to other fruits – 16% – but it is also very rich in fiber, beta carotenes, vitamins A, B and C and minerals such as potassium. All this makes it an ideal fruit to take care of the skin, to fight the extra kilos, constipation, cholesterol, hypertension, and is especially indicated for elderly people, athletes and pregnant women, given its high energy contribution.
From divine fruit to fruit of the dead
Its original name was Diospyros that comes from the Greek and means “divine fruit.” But do you know that it also receives the name of “palosanto” because its best moment of maturation is around the feast of All Saints? So the poor man came down from the heavens to deal not only with the earthly, but with the dead … If you are Valencians, I’m sure you will not discover anything. They have been cultivating it for more than twenty years and surpass 140,000 tons of production each year, with more than twelve million square meters dedicated to that purpose. What is said soon.
Food of victors: the leek.
Have you ever noticed that the shield of Wales is surrounded by leeks? Just as we have a grenade, they have leeks. Legend has it that at the Battle of Heathfield, which confronted Welsh and Saxons, the saint of the place told the king of the Gauls:
“Put a leek on your head and you will win”
So it was. The Gauls tied leeks to their helmets to distinguish themselves from the invaders and defeated them. In honor of his saint and this clever maneuver, today there are leeks in his heraldry.
Wars apart, the leek is rich in water, fiber, folic acid, carotene and potassium. Helps to fight infections and inflammations, is a diuretic, promotes intestinal transit and blood circulation, and reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. Have you ever tried to replace onions with salads with this vegetable? Well, do it and tell me.
And here comes my vegetable review, what do you think? Remember that Mother Earth gives us what we need at every moment, so listen to her and consume autumn products.