Posts Tagged ‘aztec’

The Beautiful Tomatillo

 

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Lookin for love….

 

Earlier this summer a grocer down my street gave me a sad little green plant in a plastic bag. A stem and a few wilted leaves. “I’m not sure what it is called in English,” she admitted. “It’s like a tomato,” she added shrugging. Curious, I planted the little thing and watered it everyday-it really likes water and got quite droopy without its daily shower. Over the next couple of months it has grown, and thrived, and is now approaching four feet tall and sporting hundreds of gorgeous little yellow flowers attracting butterflies and bees. It’s a real hangout. Still, I had no idea what it was until I posted a picture on social media asking about it and got a quick reply; mystery solved, it’s a tomatilla plant! Continue »



Ancient Grains: Amaranth

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Amaranth is one of nature’s best kept secrets. An ancient grain that possesses all eight essential amino acids and one of the highest levels of protein of any grain (although technically the tiny little beads typically referred to as amaranth are the seed of the amaranth plant, not an actual grain). The tiny seeds are also an excellent source of iron, with a serving of only 3 tablespoons providing 25% of your RDA of iron. A good source of fibre and calcium, this toothsome little grain is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. It’s free of trans fat, gluten, cholesterol and vegan to boot!

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