The mint leaf is used both as a culinary herb as well as a medicinal herb. In the world of medicine, mint has shown to promote healthy digestion, relieve acne, prevent cancer, and can be a natural stimulant, relieving symptoms of depression or fatigue. It has been used to improve oral health. Others have used it as a remedy for nausea. The mint can be chewed on or also be used in a tea when trying to best benefit from its medicinal properties.
mint is very versatile. The leaves can be added to meat dishes, salads, and soups. Add mint to your fresh fruits, or add it to yogurt, along with cucumber, garlic, salt to taste, make chutney by blending it with lemon juice, ginger, onion.
Muddle your drinks with mint, add it to iced tea, or iced fruit drinks.
It pairs great with chocolate! (See Dark Chocolate mint Leaves recipe below). 🙂
Zucchini is a member of the cucumber and melon family, with its origins coming from Italy. Summer squashes are a very strong source of key antioxidant nutrients, providing protection for the eyes, including against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Summer squashes have more benefits than you can count, its good for blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory protection, gastric ulcers; it provides antimicrobial protection, good for prostate health and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s always good to purchase organic summer squashes so you can eat the nutrient rich outer skins.
Zucchini are versatile as a vegetable or can be used in making desserts. The whole vegetable is edible, and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Its delicious steamed or added to broths, sliced or grated into salads, juiced and to your smoothies. Enjoy it in a ratatouille, mixing bell peppers, eggplant and tomatoes, simmering them together with spices. Eat raw with a dip made with sour cream garlic and lemon basil. Throw it into your omelets, or open-faced sandwiches.
1 cup grated zucchini squeeze out the water
½ grated cheese your favorite
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
¼ cup chopped tomato
Salt and pepper to taste.
Mix everything in a bowl with a fork so it stays fluffy. Spread on your favorite bread, we or on a pizza crust and toast till golden on top.
The Sweet Lemon, or sweet lime depending on who you talk to, is incredibly high in Vitamin C and has been a favorite of Mediterranean, Persian, and Indian cultures for centuries for that very reason. Native to Southeast Asia, the sweet lime suffers from a bit of an identity crisis here in the states. Despite its name, the sweet lemon isn’t especially loaded with sugar. It just lacks any kind of acidity, making whatever available sugar in the pulp pop, since it’s not competing with anything. The sweet lemon has a clean and slightly floral fragrance, concentrated — as with most lemons — in the rind. The pulp is very mild and succulent. It’s a squat, palm-sized fruit, nearly flat at the stem end and with a small nipple on the blossom side. And it does have seeds, few or many depending on the variety you get.
The cuban oregano is a source of Vitamins A, C, and E. It also has minerals and phosphates. It can be used just like regular oregano in the kitchen. It has also been known to help soothe digestion and to have antibiotic, expectorant and laxative effects when taken as a medicinal tea. cuban oregano, along with regular oregano can also be made into an effective mouthwash because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It can be powerful against Candida.
The cuban oregano can be taken as a tea as well as cooked just like you would regular oregano, for maximum nutrients, add to your dishes at the end. Also great for seasoning pickles and ferments. It can be interchangeable with thyme and sage. Cubans use this to make their black beans. In India, cuban oregano is often used in fish curries. In Japan, it is cooked like spinach.
zuchinno rampicante is one of the most delicious squashes, this unique Italian heirloom is very tender, mild and sweet. It’s most similar to zucchini in flavor, but firmer in texture. No matter how you eat it, its delicious raw or cooked.
Use this squash the same way you would use zucchini, it can be sautéed folded into omelets and risottos stuffed and steamed or deep-fried. Use it to make fritters, soups, and pizzas. It also makes great raw noodles. This squash is addicting and leave you coming back for more.
These can be cooked just like our zucchini.