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Persimmons (03/17)

not tomatoes

not tomatoes

On a recent trip to the local fruit market I purchased a persimmon for the very first time. As you can see above, it’s not a friendly looking fruit, especially since it bears a strong resemblence to tomatoes, which are not one of my favorites.

Not knowing anything about the fruit, I was not willing to try it until I read more about it.

It’s important you know there are two kinds of persimmons: the Fuyu, the kind you can eat right away (thankfully this in the type I purchased), and the Hachiya, the kind you can’t. If you bite into an unripe Hachiya persimmon, it is if you just drank six cups of extra strength tea. This astringent flavor is due to the high level of tannin in the fruit, and there is a good chance that you would never try a persimmon again because it tastes so bitter. This would be a shame because ripe persimmons have an exceptional flavor and provide us with important nutrients such as beta-carotene, Vitamin C and potassium.

China is the largest producer of persimmons, followed by Brazil, Japan, and Korea. The United States grows comparatively few persimmons compared to the major producers, but virtually all, of the domestic persimmon crop comes from California.

from Tony Tantillo.

Feeling confident that the persimmon I purchased was indeed ripe, I decided to try it (well, after my boyfriend tried it first). It has the texture of a peach and the flavor is somewhere in between a plum and a peach. So if you have seen this fruit and been afraid to try it, fear not!

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Fit as a Fiddle (02/02)

Do you remember going through the Presidential Fitness Test in grade school?

Well, this topic came up at lunch today  and to tell you the truth, no one at the table (there were 7 of us) seemed to mind most of it (i.e. sit ups, push-ups, running suicides) Рbut the one thing that everyone agreed on as the most disliked part of the test was Рthe pull ups/chin ups.

Hmm…so it is still true that my little sister (who could beat all the boys in her gym class) is the only person I know that loved doing the pull ups/chin ups.

But, I am getting off track here. The follow up to this discussion was which president started this program?

Kennedy? That seemed like a good enough guess, that was until I learned otherwise …

We have this guy to thank:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here is a brief history of the program:

The President’s Council on Youth Fitness was founded on 16 July 1956 to encourage American children to be healthy and active children, after a study indicating that American youths are less physically fit than European children, by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy then changed its title to President’s Council on Physical Fitness to reflect its role to serve all Americans.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, name of which was later changed to President’s Challenge Youth Physical Fitness Awards Program. In 1968, its title was changed to President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to emphasize the importance of sports in life.

In 1972, the Presidential Sports Award Program was created.

In 1983, the United States Congress declared May “National Physical Fitness and Sports Month”.

In 1996, the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health was released.

In 1997, the PCPFS released its report on Physical Activity and Sport in the Lives of Boys.

And according to a New York Times blog, in 2008, The Presidential Fitness Test grew up.

Hmm, now I feel like I should be doing some sit-ups or something.

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