Friday, May 22, 2009

Golden Fields Of Dandelions!

Dandelion is considered a noxious weed, but I savor it's beautiful glory! It takes me breath away each day and I savor each moment it brightens my eyes particularly because it is so short-lived. The dandelions close up at night, so it's true glory is during the blazing sun and before long, the petals will transform into puffballs carrying wishes through the fields!!

This is our garden and hoop house-we are growing LOTS of our own food this year!! I have been enjoying slightly bitter dandelion green smoothies-a deeply healing liver tonic...Nature provides us with Spring cleaning! We are also enjoying the year's 1st asparagus-Yum! I have actually been lightly sauteeing the asparagus because I remember hearing that asparagus is one of those vegetables that is toxic when eaten raw. I just did some researching on the internet and everything I have found so far says it is completely safe to eat raw. Tonight, I am going to marinate some via this recipe I found on and will let you know how it goes...

Marinated Asparagus

1 bunch organic asparagus
1/4 c Nama Shoyu
1 T organic onion
1 organic lemon, juiced
2 T organic balsamic vinegar (or Braggs unpasteurized apple cider vinegar)

1. Cut 1" off the bottom of the stems and save for your compose heap, then cut the stalks in half.
2. Mix marinade and pour over asparagus.
3. Marinate overnight and serve at room temperature.
(serves 4)

Asparagus is high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, B6, vit A, C and thiamin. It contains a pre-biotic called inulin that helps form probiotics in our colon, is high in rutin which is known to strenghten blood vessels and according to the National Cnacer Institute, it is one of the highest tested foods containing glutathione, one of the body's strongest cancer fighters!! Enjoy this gift of Spring!!

1 comment:

Jen Elden said...

love the pic of dandys with your dome glistening in the background, kelly! been thinking of you these days as i too have been spending days in the garden. garden tour soon!! xoxo~jen