I can't say enough about these greens - cooked or raw - greens and beans, salads, sautéed like spinach - they are ever-loving good!
The bonus to these seeds - I purchase from seeds of italy - growitalian - or Baker Creek - rareseeds - is they are PERENNIAL! all of the plants came back this spring. Our frosty winters are -20 below so anything that comes back each year is HARDY...
If you dig below the surface you will find long taproots similar to dandelion - as chicory is the larger plant category. These greens are highly nutritious. good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C and B9...
The following diet allows for the foods that will give a boost to preservation of the brain in various ways according to Paula Wolfert. "Thus, the so-called bulletproof coffee (with grass fed butter mixed in), she makes every morning and the squares of dark chocolate she eats after lunch, in the belief they will bolster her brainpower. In between, she eats a carbohydrate-free diet built on salmon, berries and greens, along with extracts of turmeric, cinnamon and eggplant." https://nyti.ms/2nxXEMO Nasunin is a potent phytonutrient and antioxidant that is found in skin of eggplants. It may help fight aging and cancer... nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. ........we plant the Asian varieties which have more skin per capital as they are thin. Grown organically, do not peel. Best sautéed with Asian spices.
...Coffee with butter - stems from people in the Himalayas, Ethiopia, Nepal, Vietnam, and Singapore, while yak-butter tea drinks are consumed in Tibet.
I believe similar benefits hold for coffee mixed with coconut oil.
lavanols extracted from cocoa help tackle cholesterol levels and blood flow; But effective dose would be 400g of dark chocolate,
these have such a long shelf life as an ornamental!
but the real star of the show is how they taste - picked young - they are summer squash with a density great for frying or grilling - better than zucchini for tempera or antipasto! Last year was the first year I grew these - seeds from Baker Creek - here is link
Okra is completely edible from the flower, the leaves, and the pods. Highly nutritious and loaded with benefits!! Our first harvest last year has really inspired me to grow more of this plant, in the Hibiscus family, and get others in the Northeast to appreciate it, as well. Known in the South for it's addition in gumbos, I really think the veggie has so much potential in stirfrys, curries, roasted and stuffed, etc. The flower is stunning and would be an enriching addition to salads and decorative culinary arts and perhaps tea.
"Lectin is a type of protein found in okra, beans, peanuts, and grains." high in Vit K to help with absorption of calcium.
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