Among all the elite superfoods from across the world you hear about, there are also plenty of superfoods you can grow right in your own garden. If you think I’m kidding, I promise you it’s not too good to be true! The word, “superfood” simply refers to a food that holds special properties which can give your health an extra boost (or two) to maximize your nutritional gains. Sure those exotic, foreign berries we all adore are fabulous, but let’s not forget about many humble superfoods you can grow in your own garden too! Spring and summer are the perfect time, so plant a few of these superfoods you can grow in your garden, and don’t worry - they’re a cinch to care for!
Cilantro is an absolute must of all the superfoods you can grow in your own garden. Cilantro is one the most detoxifying greens of all vegetables, and it’s exceptionally high in chlorophyll; even more so than spinach.
This super herb is incredible for you! Parsley is full of vitamin C, chlorophyll, vitamin K, and it is a natural breath booster too! Use parsley in place of spinach or kale in your next green smoothie or use it to juice with.
Stevia is a South American herb that is now sold here in the United States in seedling or sprouted form. It’s a natural sweetener, high in chlorophyll, helpful for diabetes, and can aid in gastrointestinal function.
Peppermint is especially high in certain compounds that relieve the body from stress, nourish the endocrine system, and it’s high in chlorophyll. Use it in smoothies, baked dishes, sauces, or steep it to make a hot tea.
Blueberries are one of the most potent North American berries in terms of antioxidant content. Sure, they’re no acai or goji, but they’re still packed with fiber, anthocyanins, and especially high levels of fiber and Vitamin C.
Tomatoes possess an especially high level of the antioxidant lycopene and vitamin C. They have been linked to cancer prevention and a higher level of immunity.
Want a metabolism boost right outside your back door? Plant some bell peppers and hot chili peppers! Both are very high in metabolism boosting properties and vitamin C, and they make a killer pot of chili or batch of guacamole!
Cucumbers are especially high in water, chlorophyll, vitamin C, and potassium. They're easy to care for and also offer a large boost of silica, a mineral that enhances your skin, hair, and nails!
Blackberries actually rank higher in ORAC (antioxidant) values than blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries. They're also high in fiber, are low-glycemic, and are ideal for summer smoothies and morning bowls of oatmeal.
All of these superfoods can be potted inside or out in a small pot with drainage holes. Just be sure they get plenty of sunlight and also be sure you water them only when the soil becomes dry. The soil should stay moist but not drenched, and a mix of morning sunlight and afternoon shade is usually best for these superfoods. All of them are so enjoyable to use all summer long into the early fall. Do you plant any of these superfoods or have some or your own?
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