What foods are healthy? There is growing evidence that what is called in medical literature "The Mediterranean Diet" is the healthiest palatable diet available. Among sources of protein, fish is clearly most strongly associated with longer life. Limiting red meat to once weekly, and white meat (poultry) up to 3-4 times weekly, also helps.
Also very important to the health effects of the Mediterranean Diet is olive oil. People who have a diet high in extra virgin olive oil also have a decreased mortality rate. It is important that olive oil be extra virgin (minimally processed), and that means it is best to grow it close to home. Olives can be grown in only a few select southern locations in the United States, ideally in zone 10 and 11, but some varieties in zone 8 and 9. Olive trees have a tap root, meaning they send a root down deep into the soil to have access to capillary water. Because of this tap root, it is very difficult to establish olive trees without irrigation - that was until the Groasis Waterboxx.
The Groasis Waterboxx is a intelligent tree incubator that collects dew and rainwater, stores it, and slowly tunnels it to the roots of a growing plant. It prevents water from evaporating from the soil, establishing a water column immediately beneath the plant. In the case of the olive tree, this induces the tap root to grow straight and deep until it can tap into the underground moisture of soil capillaries. The Waterboxx can then be removed and reused the the Waterboxx established tree will be much more drought resistant in the future.
Besides extra virgin olive oil, it is believed grapes (and especially wine) contribute to the health effects of the Mediterranean Diet. Grapes need consistent but not excessive moisture, something the Waterboxx excels at providing. The Waterboxx has been used at the Mondavi Winery in California, in the wineries of our customers, and as seen below, in Chile to grow grapes.
|The Waterboxx growing grapes in Chile; From Groasis|
|Zucchinn grown with the Groasis Waterboxx - originally from Groasis.com|
There are many excellent Mediterranean Diet cookbooks on Amazon.com.
You can see all our blog posts about planting trees with the Waterboxx here.
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