Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. It is an amazing gift of nature, can produce high quality clothing, textiles, paper, food and while we’re at it – you can even build a house with it! As a bonus, it is also naturally resistant to pests, so it doesn’t require harmful pesticides even when grown on a commercial scale. As a food, hemp seeds have an abundance of health benefits. This article explores why we should most certainly be embracing this incredible super-food...
Seeds are an essential addition to any healthy diet - they aren’t usually as revered as nuts, although they certainly deserve to be. Filled with a beneficial compliment of essential fats, protein, a vast array of different nutrients and phytonutrients, they play an important role in supporting health. Seeds are the embodiment of universal life [...]
Ginger is a well loved, tried and tested, flavoursome spice that has been revered for a myriad of health benefits throughout the aeons. It is mentioned in ancients texts and has been prized by many different cultures as long as mankind can remember. Ginger is zingy and warming, with a distinctive zesty flavour and aroma. [...]
As a discerning health seeker I can't help but get really excited about celery and its myriad of health benefits. It has a distinctive, tangy crunch that adds a refreshing depth to salads, whilst easily earning a five star thumbs-up as the perfect finger food. Celery also works wonders as a natural scoop for dips, [...]
Hailed as a superfood, the humble beetroot (also known as beet) is a little treasure trove of health-affirming goodness. It seems that a lot of people never venture further than pickled beetroot - not realising that there is a whole culinary beetroot world out there waiting to be discovered. Beets come in different colours (like [...]
One of my favourite memories ever, is a sitting in the jungle in Maui, cutting open an avocado the size of a rugby ball; followed by four of us tucking in with spoons, savouring every bite, whilst the rest of the world momentarily fell away. When it comes to avocado, I have to say that [...]
There's something about rosemary that keeps me spell-bound and faithfully infusing it into my diet, in ever more imaginative and different ways. It holds an alchemical key to unraveling a turbulent mind whilst imbuing a calming, yet invigorating energy. All I need do is gently rub the leaves between my fingertips and inhale the rich, [...]
Every springtime in temperate climates they deck fields, meadows, lawns, yards and gardens, with a sunny yellow blanket of bright flower heads. Much to the delight of children, they also throw up tufty seed heads that scatter like elegant fairies with the most gentle breeze. My favourite childhood drink was dandelion and burdock pop, a marriage made in heaven inspired by these much ignored wild plants. I remember eagerly waiting for the delivery man as he brought our weekly order and I'll never forget that refreshing taste as I gulped down a full glass, after an afternoons work of making mud pies and wild rose perfume. And we used to blow the Dandelion seed heads playing the game of 'he loves/he loves me not' for a bit of harmless fun...
Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis is totally and utterly the herb of the month for me at the moment, springing up all over the garden. It seems to really want to grow here in England, with very little attention, scattering out the most bountiful harvest at a time when other greens are just starting [...]