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Summer greens

Posted on Friday 27 July 2018

Watercress soup

Quite opposed to the tougher autumn/winter greens that need longer cooking, tender summer greens need very little or for salads – no cooking at all. I love those glossy chard leaves, tender spinach leaves and deliciously pungent watercress leaves!

Arguably, green leafy vegetables have more nutritional benefit to us than other vegetables. Some call them the “nutritional rock stars” of the vegetable world! They contain oodles of vitamin A in the form of carotenes, folate, vitamin C and vitamin K2 – important for blood clotting. Some of these greens contain lutein, a natural chemical that seems to guard against age-related macular degeneration – a condition of the eye which can cause blindness. There are a good selection of important minerals – iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and of course, these are always more abundant in organic vegetables. 

My suggestion would be to include both raw and cooked greens into your diet to gain the best array of nutrients – some are more available to the body when cooked and some lose nutrients when exposed to heat! Some of the nutrients in leafy greens are fat-soluble, so it’s always best to serve them with oil/butter/cream.

Get your gorgeous greens from True Food, supplied by local producer Greenbroom.

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