A wholly edible plant! 💚You can eat the leaves and the flowers of this beautiful looking plant - it has a peppery taste similar to watercress or rocket. A great bitter green to eat before your meals as a pre-digestive to get those digestive juices flowing! The flowers look absolutely gorgeous in salads too 😍
Both flowers and leaves are packed with vitamin C so excellent for hay fever 😷sufferers or those with the dreaded summer colds .
Another lovely way to eat this incredible plant is the seeds which can be pickled in white wine vinegar and peppercorns and made into “poor mans” capers which keep for around three months. 🙌
AND if you’re not wholly in love with this lovely edible plant already it’s also self seeding so will come back year after year filling your garden with colour and peppery goodness. 🌺
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With the holidays rapidly approaching 😱 definitely always on the look out for things to do with the small ones. This is a great after school / holiday activity to get them interested in food - shelling peas.💚
Peas are a perfect veg for children. They contain nearly every vitamins and mineral out there👍👍👍Sorry, they aren’t really a veg though, technically a legume (so the same as a chickpea or a peanut!) but because they are high in starchy carbs we treat them as a vegetable.
BUT what really stands them apart is their SUPER impressive protein content - one of the best sources of #plantbased protein out there. 🙌 Making them a #vegetarian ‘s best friend. 💃🏻 They aren’t a complete source of protein like meat is so we often pair peas with another protein source - for instance the Caribbean classic rice and peas 🇯🇲
Only downside of peas is they contain what we call anti nutrients 👎- lectins and phytic acid which may impair absorption of certain nutrients (such as iron and zinc) and cause bloating. To combat this don’t overdo the pea portion - 1/3 a cup maximum if they do bloat you, make sure you eat them fully cooked and if they still give you gyp, consider soaking and #sprouting.🌱
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Not really a herb more an edible plant but WOW 👀 what an edible....💚 These are some of the oldest plants known to man. These glorious beasts are a total shocker to prepare in the kitchen (I admit I mostly buy the hearts in jars🙈) but health wise - off the hook!
Why are they so amazing? Genuinely a superfood (sod goji berries) Out of a study done by the USDA out of 1,000 plants, they ranked 7th in antioxidant content. 💪
Artichoke leaf extract is often used to lower cholesterol or for gastro problems. In nutritional therapy we often think of artichokes when we are trying to motivate the liver or digestion. This is because of the ‘bitter principle’ - a bitter herb or veg which stimulates the production of digestive juices, releases bile from the liver and improves phase 1 and 2 of liver detoxification. In short GREAT for liver health and for digestion. 🙌
You can eat the leaves (the tender bit) incredible with Hollandaise, or garlic butter but in my opinion the heart is the real delicacy. I add it to most salads and hold my hands up high to the amount of money I spend weekly on these!
After years of not eating artichokes - why would you, they aren’t exactly easy to get hold of or prepare in this country - I went on a cookery course in Morocco and was sold forever.👩🏻🍳
In the 16th century, eating an artichoke was reserved only for men. Women were denied the pleasure because the artichoke was considered an aphrodisiac and was thought to enhance sexual power.
One last artichoke fact: according to legend, the artichoke was created when the Greek god Zeus was so angry that he turned his object of affection, a young girl called Cynara, into a thistle like plant after she snuck back to the world of mortals. And the artichoke was born..
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Pretty excited by these party bags for my daughters 5th birthday party. Even more so as it’s #plasticfreeJuly so glad to see we’ve started as we mean to go on! It was lovely to see her get back from her party and immediately ask to plant her partybag seeds 💚🌱
Why is this relevant? Well studies have shown that involving children in cooking, gardening and growing their own fruit and vegetables has a far greater effect on healthy eating behaviour (especially long term) and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables compared to nutritional education. So parents, stop banging on about sugar being bad and vegetables being good (never great to classify foods into positive and negative groups anyway!) and get them out there growing and cooking their own food 🌾Strawberries and tomatoes are a lovely starting point this summer (easy to grow and easier to harvest) 🍓I’ve converted two out of three of my children into eating tomatoes simply by growing our own. 🙌🎉
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