A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, cabbage is cousins with broccoli, cauliflower, radishes & of course the tiny little cabbages that everyone loves to hate: Brussels sprouts.
These humble looking root veggies are nutrient packed superfoods in disguise! They are a great source of fiber due to their thick skins, though the flesh also contains fiber. They also are a good source of vitamin C & some B vitamins, though these are diminished through the cooking process.
As with most root veggies, carrots are in season at the moment solely because they store well. Nobody is plucking them from the frozen ground this time of year (not around here anyways)! Carrots are a fantastic source of beta carotene, which is a convertable form of vitamin A, as well as vitamin K, biotin & fiber.
Aside from their reputation for maintaining their color throughout the digestive process, the dark color in the root of beets is also known to have powerful cancer fighting properties.
With a crispness in the air and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, one can be sure that we’re deeply entrenched in fall. And that only means one thing: Pumpkin.
If you’re any sort of a backyard gardener, there’s half a chance that you’ve been tending a zucchini patch for the last few months. It’s this time of year when it seems everyone’s neighbour is desperately trying to gift away their surpluses of the squash.
These days one can find green beans year round, if not fresh & imported from Mexico, then certainly in abundance in the freezer section of the grocery store. It is the moment that a piece of fruit or a vegetable is picked that it has the highest amount of nutrition that it will ever have.
Popeye was really on to something. Spinach is a versatile veggie that can easily be consumed raw in a salad, steamed, in dips, omelets, lasagna & more! This leafy green can also be incorporated into a smoothie giving your breakfast an extra dose of nourishing goodness, and with minimal impact on flavor.
Found grown in sunny spots in backyards across the country this weed is delicious mixed with strawberries in a pie, jam or other sweet treat but has savory applications such as this Rhubarb Lentil Curry