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• Nussinow, in a webMD article, ranked the nutrition of the most widely eaten greens in the United States. The top 10 are: kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, red and green leaf and romaine lettuces (altogether), cabbage, and iceberg lettuce. • There are other nutritional greens not listed above that are widely available in North America. The information available for all greens is immense. We’ll look at some interesting Tidbits for both highly and less popular greens. • Even though it may sound incorrect, all greens are not green! Leafy green vegetables have much color variety, from the bluishgreen of kale to the bright “Kelly” green of spinach, to the light, somewhat white of cabbage. • There is even a black cabbage (Cavalo Nero), which is actually a very dark green that is also called Tuscan kale. It originated from the Tuscany region of Italy where it is grown in most vegetable gardens. Cavalo Nero is an essential ingredient in the very healthy signature soup of the region, ribollita.

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(continued): • The Tuscan region of Italy is famous for many culinary things including the cooking term, “Florentine.” This term can be interpreted as the cooking style used in Florence, Italy, but has also come to describe the cuisine that includes spinach as an ingredient. Florentine cooking also uses fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme. Since Tuscany is close to the coast, Florentine cooking features seafood dishes as well as local boar, rabbit and beef from the regions’ white Chianina cattle. According to folklore, the association of spinach with Florence may have been because of Catherine de Medici, the Italian wife of King Henry II, who reigned in France from 1560-1563. • Supposedly to honor her Italian roots, Queen Catherine introduced spinach to the Court of France and dubbed any dish containing spinach to be “Florentine.” Whether the story is true or not, Florentine is now synonymous with spinach in dishes such as Eggs Florentine, Oysters Florentine and more. • To make for some confusing terminology, “Florentines” refer to a sweet, baked confection that contains no spinach! These Florentines are a European sweet served as a cake, bar or cookie. Sweet Florentines are a mixture of candied fruit, toasted nuts, honey and/or sugar and topped with a layer of melted chocolate. • Moving away from sweets and back to greens, a green that has many names around the world is rapini or what is more commonly known as broccoli raab. This green is unrelated to broccoli even though broccoli is in its name. It is a close relative to turnips, and the greens look very similar to turnip greens. Other names linked to this green are rapa, rapine, raab, rappi, rappone, fall and spring raab, turnip broccoli, broccoli rape, broccoli de rabe, Italian turnip and turnip broccoli. • As more greens are available in North America, an old favorite has decreased in popularity. Iceberg lettuce was an overwhelming success for years because of its ability to remain crunchy even after days and sometimes weeks of shipping. Up until the 1930s, iceberg was known as “Crisphead” lettuce.

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(continued): • Bruce Church, from Salinas, California, the founder of Fresh Express, is given credit for popularizing iceberg lettuce. Along with three partners, he formed an ice company in the 1930s that shipped fresh heads of lettuce across the country in rail cars. “Crisphead” lettuce became more commonly known as “iceberg” when folks would meet the train cars of ice-packed lettuce with calls of “The icebergs are coming!” The name change stuck, and Americans’ love of fresh salads grew with the fresh availability. • Up until the mid-1970s, more than 95 percent of all lettuce grown in the United States was iceberg. Even though leaf lettuces have surged in popularity in the last 30-40 years, iceberg still remains a big seller. So, the next time you are eating out, check to see if a “wedge” salad is offered. It will be the familiar iceberg we grew up with. • Another popular salad that some think started with Julius Caesar is the Caesar Salad. It actually had its start in Tijuana, Mexico, with Cesare Cardini, who immigrated to the San Diego area with his brother, Alex, from Italy after World War I. The brothers opened Caesar’s Restaurant in Tijuana instead of San Diego because of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Invented in the 1920s, the Caesar Salad was mostly just a California specialty for years, with romaine lettuce being the green. The popularity of Caesar salads soared in the 1970s, and the romaine crop grew from a few California acres (ha) to 16,000 acres (6,475 ha) in the 1990s and more than 80,000 acres (32,370 ha) today.

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When you hire a caregiver for a family member or parent, how do you know who or what you’re getting? If you hire someone through an agency, you would expect that it’s done all the background checks. But can you trust the agencies? AARP posted on its website the results of a study done by Dr. Lee Lindquist of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lindquist discovered that only half of placement agencies do any background screening or testing of caregivers. Only one-third do any drug testing or check out qualifications. And only one-third send supervisors out to check on caregivers. Scary, isn’t it? Lindquist developed a list of 10 questions to ask agencies if you’re considering using them to hire a caregiver: 1. How do they recruit caregivers and what are their requirements? 2. What kind of screenings do they do? What level of background check? Any drug testing? 3. Is there any training, such as certification in CPR? 4. How are the caregivers insured? Are they bonded? 5. What skills do the caregivers have? Are they skilled in transfers, dressing and bathing? 6. How does the agency assess these skills? Do they reply only on the applicant’s word? 7. What is their policy if caregivers can’t do what is stated in the contract? 8. If you’re unhappy with the care, will the agency provide a substitute? 9. Is there a supervisor who will evaluate the quality of the care? How often? 10. Is the supervision via phone or home visits? Your best bets: Look for a caregiver through your church or support group. Ask others for recommendations. Contact seniors service agencies for recommendations.

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