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KUNMING nike air max 97 italia , July 24 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping might be leading another food craze among Chinese diners. Moringa, an edible plant, whose Chinese name literally means "spicy wood," is a token of the ever-lasting friendship between China and Cuba under a Sino-Cuban joint research program.

Xi presented Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro seeds of moringa and mulberry on Tuesday, and promised closer cooperation with Cuba to develop the plant.

It's not the first time Xi has made food a hit.

In December scarpe nike air max 97 , the president made a surprise visit to a Beijing-based Qingfeng steamed bun chain, which is famous for its wallet-friendly offerings.

The restaurant witnessed a surge in sales after Xi's visit. Qingfeng even named Xi's orders -- pork-and-onion stuffed buns, boiled green vegetable salad and stir-fried pig liver and intestine soup -- as the "President Combo".

There are signs moringa will follow suit.

Ma Yun, general manager of Jingji Moringa Development Co.,Ltd. air max 97 offerta , one of the pioneers in China in moringa growing, said he has received many calls from potential business partners in the past couple of days.

Originating from northwest India, moringa rooted itself in Taiwan in the 19th century. It was introduced to Yunnan Province in the 1960s as an oil material.

The plant is high in protein, and rich in vitamins and minerals. Throughout history it's been valued for its healing capacity, its ability to reverse malnutrition and purify water.

When Ma got to know the plant in 1999 at the Kunming World Horticulture Exposition Saldi Uomo Nike Air Max Classic BW Nere Bianche Scarpe , moringa received little attention.

"President Xi mentioned moringa several times during his visit in Cuba, which will promote it tremendously," Ma said.

Yunnan is a major producer of moringa as the suitable environment provides fertile ground for the plant to grow. In Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Honghe in the southern part of Yunnan, the dry-hot valley is perfect for moringa to flourish.

In Yunyang County, where Ma's moringa fields are located Donne Nike Air Max 90 Pelle Scarpe Bianche Italia , officials are encouraging him to expand his planting area.

Liu Changfen, a Chinese pioneer on moringa study, and expert with the Tropical Crop Research Institute in Yunnan accompanied Xi, then Chinese vice president, to Cuba in 2011 and visited Castro's house.

"There are plenty of moringa trees in the yard of Fidel Castro's house Donne Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Essential Bianche Online ," she recalled.

Soon after the visit, the Ministry of Agriculture started a cooperation with Cuba in terms of pest control, breeding and development of cultivation techniques, said Liu.

In April this year, the China-Cuba Moringa Science & Technology Cooperation Center was launched at Liu's institute Uomo Nike Air Max 1 Scarpe Bianche Italia , while its counterpart was unveiled in Havana on Tuesday.

"President Xi took 5 kg of moringa seed with him to Cuba this time," Liu said.

There are 5,000 to 6,000 hectares of moringa grown in China.

"Almost all parts of the plant are edible and tasty," said Liu.

"Leaves and seeds of moringa are not spicy. Its spicy root is the only reason we call it 'spicy wood' Uomo Nike Air Max Thea Pelle Pure Bianche Outlet ," said Yan Shuping, a forestry expert in Yunnan.

Eating moringa is popular among some Chinese people. It's usually eaten in an omelette.

On the Chinese shopping website Taobao, there are already nearly 4,000 moringa-related products.

In online shop "Moringa Home", different products can be found Uomo Nike Air Max 95 Scarpe Bianche Scontate , for example, moringa tea, seeds and noodles.

"I have received more orders thanks to President Xi's visit, and we definitely will develop more varieties of the food," said the store owner.

ROME, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Italian taxi drivers staged an angry demonstration before the parliament on Tuesday to protest against a draft legislation perceived as favoring Uber and other similar car-sharing and car-hiring services.

Meanwhile, taxi wildcat strikes entered their sixth day in the Italian capital, Milan, Naples, Turin and Genoa.

Several hundreds cab drivers from across the country gathered in the main square before the lower house since early morning. The protest was unauthorized, and anti-riot police officers were deployed around all of the major buildings in the area.

Minor scuffles between protesters and police took place near the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party in the morning, according to the local media.

The protest was sparked by an amendment contained in a government's wide decree that was currently under discussion in parliament. The provision, if definitively approved, would postpone the introduction of new norms to control car-sharing and car-hiring services from the next month to the end of this year.

Taxi drivers believe such prolonged lack of norms would damage the taxi industry, helping de-regulating the sector, and favoring app-based car transport solutions overall.

Supporters of the decree, however, think customers in Italy deserve to be offered a greater choice in terms of city transport services.

On Monday, major taxi unions had called on their members to put an end to the wildcat strikes, at least until a scheduled meeting with Italy's Transport Minister Graziano Delrio which would take place on Tuesday. Their call, however, was not heard.

The sit-in and rally around the parliament, which lies in Rome historic center, caused disruption in the Italian capital on Tuesday. The halt of services to and from the major airports of Rome and Milan badly affected travelers as well in these days.

However, taxi services to and from hospitals and for disabled people is guaranteed in all cities throughout the strike.

The protest began on Feb. 15 when the Italian upper house started discussing the decree and widened in the following days. The package was passed by senators with 153 votes in favor and 99 against, and would now wait for the lower house's green light.

Talks between taxi driver unions and minister Delrio are scheduled later o.


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