01 Aug Almighty Arkansas Herbs
Food is fuel. The better your fuel, the better your performance.
If you are already eating healthy, naturally grown foods daily, you’re making great strides to your overall health and wellness. But are you ready to take it to the next level?
Herbs are more than the aromatic flavor bombs — they are packed with nutritional value. From traditional basil leaves to specialty herbs like pineapple sage, mix these little plants in with your Arkansas grown veggies and your belly will reap the benefits.
If sage was an adjective, it would be savory. This little powerplant of nutrition is right at home in veggie soups, meats and gravy dishes. It has antibiotic properties to help boost your immune system and gives your body much needed vitamin B6, fiber, vitamin K and iron. A recent study showed that it even improves fasting glucose levels in those with diabetes. Not a bad reason to add some leaves to your cooking, right?
Basil is easy to grow and a favorite herb for Rattle’s Garden in Vilonia. I always think of tomatoey Italian dishes when I’m thinking of ways to mix it in my meals, but it is great to eat fresh in salads or steeped in tea. I highly suggest making basil pesto when you can get your hands on a good supply! It’ll lessen pain from arthritis by reducing inflammation and improve digestion. Basil supplies the body with vitamin A, C, K, calcium, potassium and a little manganese.
Rosemary is one tough cookie. It grows quickly wherever it wants, and its delightful aroma signals when it’s near — just take a walk around Heifer Urban Farm. My favorite rosemary dishes always seem to include chicken or boiled potatoes, but the recent temps have me ritualistically preparing a fresh rosemary lemonade to celebrate the weekend. Add it to your meal (or drinks) and you’ll be adding vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and calcium while you enjoy the medicinal benefits of soothing cramps and reduced inflammation.
Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a popular herb that is found is dishes worldwide and grows at most New South farms. It stimulates digestion, can speed the healing of mouth ulcers and can reduce allergen sensitivity among many other things. The flavor mixes well with lime, but my favorite cilantro meals incorporate sweet potatoes and butternut squash. There are not many things yummier than a sweet and savory coriander soup.
Try all these herbs and more by subscribing for the New South produce box — now accepting Fall 2018 subscriptions at newsouthcoop.com.