December is Satsumas and Potato Month!
Did you know…?
The satsuma mandarin, sometimes called the satsuma tangerine, is the most cold-hardy fruit-producing citrus available to U.S. gardeners. Satsuma trees are small and slow-growing, reaching about 6 feet tall when grown in a container and 15 to 20 feet in the ground. The tree is adapted to areas where winters are too cold for other citrus -- withstanding temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Satsumas are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help prevent chemical damage to cells and can promote vision health, keep the immune system healthy, support cardiovascular health and help prevent cancer.They are also a good source of Vitamin A, which supports healthy vision.
Potatoes arrived in the Colonies in 1621 when the Governor of Bermuda, Nathaniel Butler, sent two large cedar chests containing potatoes and other vegetables to Governor Francis Wyatt of Virginia at Jamestown. The first permanent potato patches in North America were established in 1719, most likely near Londonderry (Derry), NH, by Scotch-Irish immigrants. From there, the crop spread across the country. French Fries were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809. Potatoes are a good source of potassium, actually containing more potassium than a banana. Potassium is a powerful dietary factor that may help lower blood pressure. Potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, more than one medium tomato or sweet potato. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant that helps with iron absorption, helps heal wounds and keep your gums healthy. Vitamin C may also help support the body’s immune system.