Arugula can be traced back to the Mediterranean and was in fact very popular in Ancient Rome because of its aphrodisiac properties. Arugula also serves as an excellent source of fiber and was brought to America during the 20th Century.
(Lactuca Sativa var Longifolia Asterales)
Romaine lettuce is 95% water and is packed with Omega-3s. Romaine Lettuce originated in the Mediterranean as its name is an homage to the city of Rome.
(Brassica Rapa Subsp Pekinensi)
Napa Cabbage is a natural source of electrolytes and will give you a boost in vitamin K, which will help give you strong bones and healthy blood calcium levels. Napa Cabbage was first brought to America during the 16th Century and originates from China.
Despite its name, Swiss Chard does not originally come from Switzerland. In fact, it can be traced back to Sicily in the Mediterranean and was first brought over to America during the 19th Century. Swiss Chard has over 10 different names including Seakale Beet, Strawberry Spinach, and Roman Kale.
Spinach originated in Persia and was first brought to America during the 18th Century. There is actually more potassium in spinach than there is in bananas, and the high amounts of iron in spinach combats hair loss!
Having Originated in Indonesia, endive is a member of the Chicory family. When it was brought to America during the 19th Century they discovered that Endive aids in digestion and improves the liver and gallbladder functions.
It’s often debated whether Mustard Greens originated in India or China, but it is known that they were brought over to America sometime during the 17th Century. Mustard plants have been successfully used to remove toxic substances (like heavy metals) from the soil.
The first recorded mention of Celery is widely debated, and it is believed to be the same plant as selinon in Homer’s “Odyssey” about 850 B.C. In fact, having originated in the Mediterranean, ancient Greeks used the veggies as flowers to reward winners of certain athletic games.
(Brassica oleracea var sabellica)
Originating from Asia Minor, Kale was first brought to America during the 15th Century. Gram for gram, kale has more than twice the vitamin C as an orange, and at one point was called Peasant’s Cabbage.