1001 Reasons to Eat Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There are 1000 reasons to eat green.

This week we have 1001…

Because Tuesday March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day –the official day of Green!

As the Irish saying goes, “There are only two kinds of people in the world,” “The Irish and those who wish they were.”

But for 24 hours this Tuesday, it doesn’t matter. Because on St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll all be Irish…and we’ll all be wearing (and hopefully eating) green.

Here are a few fun facts about why ‘green’ is the color of St. Patrick’s Day:

  1. Green is one of the three colors on the Irish tri-color flag
  2. Ireland, renowned for its lush, green landscape has long been nicknamed the “Emerald Isle”
  3. Green is the color of the shamrock (more about the shamrock a bit later)

St. Patrick’s Day is no longer an Irish-only affair; it is a holiday feted around the globe. New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is one of the world’s largest parades. Not to play second fiddle, Chicago celebrates March 17th with the grandest of gestures; every year since 1962, the city dumps over 40 tons of dye into their river, turning the water into the perfect shade of festive green.

What about leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold?

Patalsky_Power Tower SaladThe leprechaun is a small Irish fairy (there are no female leprechauns!). An unfriendly type, the leprechaun is dressed like a shoemaker with pointed shoes and a hat and spends his days making shoes and guarding his pot of gold.

Legend has it that if you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you will be invisible to the leprechauns. Not wearing green? They will pinch you if they see you.

The shamrock is also an old Irish tradition. The three leaves that make up the shamrock are supposed to give good luck; this may be one of the reasons that three is Ireland’s magic number. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion, the very religion that Saint Patrick is famous for bringing to Ireland hundreds of years ago.

The classic cuisine for St. Patrick’s Day is corned beef and cabbage. We would like to suggest a healthier choice with our Recipe of the Week Green Power Tower Salad. A tall tower of green delight full of great surprises (chickpeas, avocados, and sweet winter citrus); this scrumptious recipe brought to us by the acclaimed author Kathy Patalsky will have you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style.

Here’s to eating green!