September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.
First introduced by California Congressman George E. Brown in 1968, this month serves as a recognition for the many roles that Hispanic individuals have played in our communities around the country. The dates are significant because these they represent the Independence Day celebrations of five Hispanic countries that have contributed to our US communities: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
As of July 2022, over 440,000 households participate in SNAP. How can SNAP benefits be used to celebrate this great month full of flavor? Here is a list of fruits, vegetables, and legumes to fill your plates with this Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Pinto Beans: originating in countries around Mesoamerica, these legumes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein.
- Corn: corn originates from Southern Mexico and is a staple in many Latin American dishes. Corn is high in minerals such as zinc and iron, as well as vitamins A, C, and E.
- Hot Peppers: hot peppers are originally from countries in South America. Packing a spicy kick, hot peppers are rich in capsaicin, which offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Peanuts: peanuts come from South America. With a nutty taste and over 300 uses for them, this legume is rich in vitamins B and E, as well as minerals like phosphorus and copper.
- Winter Squash: winter squash has its origins in North and South America. They are high in fiber, minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and protein.
- Sweet Potatoes: this food has its origins in South American countries. Super sweet and a staple in many homes, sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium.
How will you choose to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on your plate?
- Sweet Potato: A Brief History // Missouri Environment and Garden News Article // Integrated Pest Management, University of Missouri
- Winter Squash | The Nutrition Source | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- What is the benefit of eating peanuts every day? | National Peanut Board
- Peanuts: a Brief History (peanutsusa.com)
- The ‘Hot’ Health Benefits of Chili Peppers (organicconsumers.org)
- A Brief History of Chili Peppers from 6,100 Year Ago to Today (legalnomads.com)
- The History of Corn – From Wild Grain to Staple Crop – ManyEats
- What Countries Grow Cocoa Beans? (gardenguides.com)
- hispanic.pdf (uky.edu)