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This post highlights artichokes and why you should have a healthy serving as often as possible.
Nutritional Contents of Artichokes
Artichokes are rich in antioxidants such as quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin. In fact, the antioxidant content of artichoke flower heads is one of the highest among vegetables.
Artichokes also contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and Vitamin C along with minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous.
A medium sized artichoke contains almost a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fibre.
Health Benefits of Artichokes
Due to their richness in antioxidants, artichokes are highly recommended for a healthy diet. Here are a few of the benefits of including artichokes in your die regularly.
1. Lower Cholesterol: They help reduce the level of LDL cholesterol and help increase the HDL/LDL ratio (which is good for you).
2. Blood Glucose Levels: They help balance the blood glucose levels and are recommended to help deal with diabetes.
3. Improved Liver Function: Artichokes help strengthen the liver and can even aid in regeneration of liver tissue.
4. Cancer Prevention: Presence of antioxidants can help prevent prostate cancer, leukemia and breast cancer.
5. Digestive value: Artichokes are a natural diuretic and improve gallbladder function. They contain a healthy amount of fibre which is essential in the digestive process.
6. Increased Bile Flow: The cynarin antioxidant increases bile flow which helps in breaking down the lipids in your diet.
7. Overall Health: Antioxidants in keep the body immune and can also help in cell regeneration, maintaining good skin etc.
8. Hangovers: Artichokes are said to be a remedy for hangovers.
If you do decide to go ahead and include them in your regular diet, why not grow them? You can buy the seeds at our website Sweet Organic Corn Nursery. In order to help you get going, we’ve written a small guide on how to plant artichokes. If you need any further assistance, do let us know.
Oh, and be sure to let us in on the progress :)!
I’m sure most of us have made New Year resolutions (we know people who relish the whole experience). And more often than not, these resolutions become yet another of those things we wish we could do but never have the time or motivation.
In true spirit of the new year, we’d like to add another one to your list. We compiled a small list of 10 reasons why you should plant an organic garden.
If you already are an organic gardener, pat yourself on your back and read through 10 reasons why you are a happy person!
1. Exercise and the beautiful outdoors: We weren’t meant to sit indoors throughout the day. Organic gardening is a great way to get some exercise, unwind and give yourself a little time to not think about deadlines, presentations or the fleeting worries of daily life. Did we mention fresh air?
2. Healthy dinner table: Wouldn’t you love to tuck into a dinner without wondering where the vegetable came from and how they were grown? Not to mention the tons of pesticides and chemicals that were used to mass produce them. In your garden, you are the king!
3. Environmentally friendly: Nature is a delicate balance of a thousand different things. Mass production is causing a disequilibrium that has adverse effects on the food we grow. Use of pesticides and chemicals, wastage of water and depletion of soil fertility are a few of the things that can be prevented if more people adopt organic farming.
4. Tastier food: One of the most delightful aspects of organic gardening is the quality of food produced. The personal touch that one gives to the garden reflects in its produce. Organically grown vegetables are fresh, healthy and bursting with an array of flavors that will get you addicted (in a good way).
5. Make new friends: There’s one thing most people agree about; that you can never have too many friends. Just like any other activity, gardening gets you outdoors meeting new people. These people will have a variety of interests that will definitely add a new dimension to your life. One thing you can be sure about, gardeners are some of the friendliest and cheerful people you will meet!
6. Give your children a valuable lesson: Gone are the days when kids enjoy the simple pleasures that we grew up with. These days, everything needs a battery, chip and a bright display to capture their attention. Put away the iPods and the iPads and get out into the garden with the kids. Bonding over a session of gardening will be one of the most rewarding moments you will ever share with your child. Moreover, it will instill a valuable lesson in responsible living.
7. Conserving resources: The average American eats food that has traveled over a 1000 miles before it reaches the dinner-table. The fuel spent in transportation doesn’t just add to the cost, but has environmental implications as well. We believe it’s best to source local, eat local. All the better if it’s from the backyard!
8. Variety: Did you know that there are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes? (We actually have over 170 varieties of heirloom tomato seeds on our site alone!) Or, that there is a whole range of peppers to suit every palate and cuisine? One of the perks of organic gardening is the access that one acquires to a whole new world of vegetable varieties. Make every guest at your dinner party ask you for the recipe to your super-secret tomato sauce. And you could recommend our heirloom seeds while you’re at it :)!
9. Organically grown vegetables (and their plants) make perfect gifts: We’ve given you 8 good reasons why organic gardening is such a great activity. Sharing your produce is like paying it forward. There’s nothing better than giving a family member, friend or a neighbor the freshness of a first harvest. More often than not, you will be growing more than you consume. Your neighbor will love you :)!
(And if you want a head start, check out our great selection of organically-grown vegetable plants!).
10. Save money: We won’t even talk about how, on a superficial level, organic gardening will help you save money. Think, instead, of hospital bills and realize that we can prevent rather than search for a cure.
We hope these are reasons enough to get you going. Remember, organically growing your vegetables is not only about having the seeds, the space and the tools, it’s more about the desire to make a difference in the way you live. We’d like to quote Alfred Austin on this, “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”
Good luck and our best wishes! Feel free to ask us if you have any questions. We’d love to hear from you.
Oh! And in case we forgot to mention, share this with a family member, friend or neighbor who could do with some good cheer!