Check out some of the things we're growing this season!
We've included some information on the varieties as well as tips on storage and use to get the most out of your veggies.
While orange carrots are nutritious, purple or partially purple carrots are the healthiest. Choose carrots with their green tops still attached, as they will have the most flavor. But cut the tops off before storing them in a sealed plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge to retain moisture. The most nutrients lie in the skin and right below the surface, so think twice about peeling. Carrots are more nutritious after being cooked. Furthermore, cooking a carrot whole and cutting it after makes it more flavorful and nutritious. Whole cooked carrots retain more cancer fighting compounds and sweetness than those cut before cooking. Eat carrots with some form of oil or fat in order to best absorb their beta carotene.
First off, don't toss the beet greens! They are among the healthiest greens available and are even more nutritious than the roots. Store the root and greens of your beets separately. The darkest red beets are the healthiest, containing more cancer fighting nutrients than the golden or white varieties, although yellow beets have a different beneficial phytonutrient called lutein. Cooking beet roots increases their antioxidant benefits.
We're growing a lot of different greens this season including arugula, beet greens, and lettuce. In general, leaves with deeper colors (think dark green, red, or even purple) will have more phytonutrients. The best way to store greens is to rinse (or even soak) the leaves in cold water as soon as you bring them home, dry them, and put them in a resealable plastic bag with 10-20 tiny holes pricked in it. Squeeze the air out of the bag and put it in your crisper drawer. These holes allow for the proper exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping the greens fresh and healthy. To absorb the most nutrients from your greens, eat them with some form of fat, like extra virgin olive oil.
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