Every time Popeye the Sailor Man devours a can of spinach, his muscles instantly explode with strength. The popular myth of spinach powers is partially based on a mistake made by a scientist measuring the iron content of spinach, back in 1870. It is true however, that spinach, along with other green leafy vegetables, is a rich source of iron.
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Potato
The world's most popular root vegetable, the potato, originated in South America and has been grown in Europe since the 16th century. Although, the distrustful European families adopted it slowly, it played an important role in the European 19th century population boom and became an all time favorite snack food.
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Pumpkin
Native to North America, pumpkins carry a name originating from the Greek pepon (πέπων), meaning “large melon". Inside the thick, orange or yellow shell, the flesh is sweet and honied. They are a particularly good source of fibre, as well as a range of vitamins and minerals. Taste:
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Carrot
Native to Afghanistan, carrots were known to both the Greeks and Romans. In fact, the Greeks used carrots as a love medicine - making men more ardent and women more yielding. Early carrot colors were purple, white, yellow, red and black. The popular orange variety was bred in Holland in 16th-century by patriotic growers in tribute to the king, William I of Orange.
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Zucchini
Zucchini is a popularly cultivated summer squash which is usually harvested young. Zucchini /from Italian zicchina, meaning a small squash/ is also known with it's French name courgette. The word squash, on the other hand, comes from Indian and means “green thing eaten green”.
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