🌿In California, we get our young nettle shoots in the early spring, but I know places where it's rainier, that get them for a longer period of time.
🌿 Nettles are mostly known for their needle like hairs that can easily penetrate the skin, which is the reasoning behind why they are called stinging nettles.
🌿 The stinging property of the nettle goes away when submerged in boiling water for a few seconds.
🌿 Nettles are known for a number of health benefits.
🌞 Quinoa was the principle "grain" of the Incas. It was referred to as the Mother Grain. It was used in spiritual and household activities.
🌞 Quinoa isn't a true grain, since it doesn't belong to the grass family. Strangely enough it belongs to the same family as beets, spinach, and chard.
🌞 Quinoa is best grown above 10,000 feet and flourishes under extreme conditions.
🌞 There are hundreds of varieties of Quinoa. Peru and Bolivia alone have over 1800 varieties stored in the seed banks.
🌞 Although, the most common commercial quinoa is a pale yellow and less commonly red or black, quinoa comes in many colors, including pink, orange, yellow, lavender, purple, green, black and white.
🌞 Quinoa is a high energy food. It's easy to digest and high in insoluble fibers, which increases the full feeling and feeds the beneficial bacteria in the colon.
🔥 Cardamom! I was inspired by the fire drink I had yesterday! 🔥
🎋 Cardamom is a tropical shrub in the ginger family. It is used in Indian food, both savory and sweet and has been used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
🎋 Cardamom's another wonder spice!
🎋 Cardamom can be consumed by making a tea, chewing the seeds or adding the ground seeds (powder) to foods.
🎋 Chewing the seeds is said to relieve indigestion and flatulence.
🎋 Chewing the seeds is also said to freshen breath. Cardamom extracts have also been shown to be effective against oral pathogenic bacteria such as Streptoccoccus mutans and Candida albicans.
Winter Squash! I picked another orange vegetable!
🌱 Winter squash comes in many shapes and sizes. A small number are grown commercially, but if you visit farmer's markets or buy seeds and grow them yourself, there is quite a variety.
🌱 Winter squash are highly alkaline, which helps reduce acid in the body (a good thing for the liver and blood).
🌱 Winter squash are substantially filled and concentrated with nutrients.
We're back to another grounding root vegetable!
🥕 Carrots and their juice are a great detoxifier when consumed in quantity.
🥕 They are alkalinizing, cleansing, nourishing, and stimulating to almost every system in the body.
🥕 Carrots deliver easily assimilated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells, so that they can slough off wastes and rebuild healthy cells.
🥕 Carrots are one of the best foods for the liver and digestive tract.
🥕 Carrots help kidney function.
🥕 Carrots balance the endocrine and adrenal system.
Welcome to Farmer's Market Friday
Each week I will feature a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, or herb.
Farmer's Market Recipe Contest
Submit your recipe for any of the foods included in Farmer's Market Friday. I'll compile my favorites in and ebook (that I'll send you to you).
At the end of each month, I'll pick one winner out of a hat of all the people that submitted that month, to receive a free copy of Deborah Madison's cookbook, Vegetable Literacy or The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone....your choice.