Getting dirty seems to almost be a lifestyle for me with the kind of work I do, but I don’t mind as I come by it honestly and it is the kind of dirt that can be readily removed with a few minutes in the shower.
Same with gardening, you can get dirty quick, especially little ones who may feel it is obligatory – but like the dirt from any honest effort everyone cleans up nicely.
Ever faithful – that’s kind of the way I view gardening, you do your part and a garden will do it’s part. A formula that also facilitates relationships.
So a few recent pluckings from the garden – the tomatoes have a rich robust flavor and will definitely last longer than anything store bought.
Berries are a staple – you’ll never find a bowl of cereal hot or cold around here that isn’t adorned with them, and they have a way of making it into breads, muffins, and biscuits, even fry bread and tortillas on occasion.
A favorite of little ones who soon learn storing a few in the pockets of shirts or pants doesn’t work out too well, an upside though is they make a good “paint” for facial decorations, which can be cleaned easier than fabric.
Tomatoes are viewed in addition to normal usage as a snack much like an apple or pear, their nutritional and health benefits only serve to enhance their value when served as part of a meal or something to snack on.
Corn is the same way, pluck an ear from the stalk, shuck it, and eat raw. There is an underlying sweet taste that usually is lost when cooked or steamed.
Corn, or Maize, has been in existence for thousands of years, and indigenous to this hemisphere – of interest is that initially the ears were about the same size as a persons thumb, but through a process of selective cultivation by indigenous people it evolved into basically what is produced today.
Corn of course is high in starch, but also misunderstood as to what that means.
Most people are aware that starch translates to an energy boost, what they might not be aware of is that corn is good source of antioxidents, B vitamins, and fiber – research seems to indicate that lectins found in corn will bond with sugar and can inhibit the HIV virus.
As to berries there isn’t much they lack in the way of health benefits, very high in antioxidents and phytonutrients.
Among the many varieties of berries, which include cherries, blackberries may head the list as the most beneficial – not only are they high in vitamins like E and C but also a soluble fiber known as pectin, which apples are also high in, that has been proven to lower cholesteral.
Even better though studies related to blackberries have demonstrated their ability to curtail the growth of certain tumors and the spread of certain cancer cells.
Berries can be a little pricey in stores, especially if they come with the often abused label of organic – but they are easy to grow, don’t require much space, and pretty much capable of doing it on their own once planted and requiring only minimal attention.
Depending on where you live berries can usually be found in abundance in the countryside and well worth the effort with sack or basket in hand to make an outing of it.
Of course you and the little ones will probably return with stained tongues, hands, and lips, but that’s part of the fun.