Getting To Know Your Vegetables

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years now and I’m still not an expert on vegetables. Recently, I got a bunny rabbit (named Bandita) and had to learn which leafy greens were safe for her to eat. It was easy to find lists of these, but I became frustrated when trying to match the items on the list to the actual vegetables in the grocery store.

I scoured the internet for a chart of vegetables and leafy greens and was amazed to come up empty handed. So I decided this blog would be a great place to make my own list of obscure vegetables and leafy greens. Because this is a cooking blog, I’ve also included a description of recipes that can be made with them, what they taste like, other names they are known by, and how to cook them. Every vegetable has its own entry and you can isolate them by clicking on the category or tag for “get to know your vegetables.” Search for a specific vegetable using the search function. If it’s not in this blog, comment and I’ll add it! Enjoy!

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    Sweet Potato : snacking on sweet potatoes can help your skin stay clear, smooth and young-looking? The reason: Crayola-colored orange in sweet potatoes comes from beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in your body and switches on DNA that’s in charge of producing new skin cells and shedding old ones.

    Red Kidney Beans : Being a major source of protein, kidney beans provide all the eight basic forms of amino acids or the eight essential amino acids. The soluble fiber present in the kidney bean regulates the blood glucose absorption from the body. This is done by forming a gel-like substance, by absorbing water from the intestines. This gel-like substance slows down the metabolism of carbohydrates in the body, thereby regulating the blood sugar levels and preventing their sudden elevation after meals. Hence, it is essential for diabetics (insulin resistance) to consume kidney beans on a regular basis.

    Rhubarb : Rhubarbs are high in calcium and considered the best diet for women as it prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. It is considered a rich source of dietary fiber and suitable for those suffering from stomach ailments especially indigestion and acidity. It is often prescribed as a laxative in herbal medicine both for constipation and diarrhea.

    Fennel : Iron, and Histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are helpful in treatment of anemia. Fennel is most popular as an anti flatulent, due to the carminative properties of Aspartic acid found in fennel. Its extract can be used in right from the infants to the old, to cure flatulence and to expel gases from the stomach.


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