You Know It's Summer When the Watermelon's Are Ripe!
🍉Watermelons are a low calorie fruit that have a number of vitamins and minerals that can help fight inflammation and prevent a significant amount of illnesses.
🍉This specific melon is rich in antioxidants that fights free radicals in the body. One of the antioxidants is lycopene, it has amazing health benefits including the little known history of helping to prevent breast and prostate cancer.
🍉 Lycopene also has a greater than average ability to quench free radicals that cause damage to cells.
Peas! There's nothing like fresh peas: English peas, Snow Peas, Sugar snap peas. They're all so sweet and crunchy!
🌱 Peas can be eaten fresh or dried. Traditionally, they were more often eaten dried.
🌱 There's nothing like the taste and texture of a fresh pea, though.
🌱 The simplest way to divide up the pea types are into field peas, grown mostly for animal forage and to dry and garden peas, with their higher sugar content and fresh flavor.
🌱 The most common varieties of fresh peas are:
🌱 English Peas, which have an inedible pod and crunchy, sweet peas.
Asparagus is a treat this time of year!
🍴 I really love tossing asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roasting it in the oven or on the grill. It's so simple, easy, and delicious.
Yes, sweet potatoes contain more sugar than regular potatoes but about half the starch in general.
The good thing is that both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes contain resistant starch which means the starch takes a longer time to convert to sugar in your body. Plus, unlike other sugary snacks, they are nutrient dense.
So satisfy that sweet craving with sweet potatoes!
The most interesting fact about sweet potatoes!
The incredible, edible kale.
Kale is a member of the cabbage family.
It's really easy to grow and is resistant to cold, so if you have some space to grow it, give it a try!
🌱 Kale is a terrific internal body cleanser.
🌱 Kale is beneficial for the digestive and nervous system (remember that gut/brain connection.
🌱 Kale builds up calcium content in the body.
Beets are one of nature's bodily cleansers, which is great to combat the toxic world we live in.
They dissolve and eliminate acid crystals in the kidneys, detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and eliminate acid material in the bowel. Wow!
Beets also contain contain natural chlorine, which helps wash away fat, which might otherwise build up in the cells of the liver, kidneys, and gall bladder.
They also stimulate lymph fluid and lubricate the intestines (ie. helps with constipation).
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.