ORGANIC ORANGE OF SUMMER AND ORGANIC ORANGE OF WINTER
The orange color in the fruits and vegetables we eat indicates the presence of a beta-carotene pigment in the plant. These pigments protect them from damage caused by oxidation and help them in the process of photosynthesis. In our body the beta carotene turns into vitamin A, an antioxidant that neutralizes the reactivity of free radicals and helps maintain the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Beta carotene maintains healthy skin, is essential for our vision and contributes to normal growth.
The typical orange winter soup contains three required ingredients:
1. Pumpkin - an unmistakable summer crop. All pumpkins, even those we see in the market in the winter, grew in the summer, so now is the time to stockpile butternut squash before my supply in gone. Store it in a cool and dark place. Whole butternut squashes in good condition can be stored for many months.
2. Carrot: - a winter crop, the first of this year's fruits joining us shortly.....
3. Sweet potato - new and fresh, coming out of the ground now. Sweet potatoes are a summer crop, they are planted as cuttings (small stems removed from the plant) in June and July and look like this...
doesn't look like much ... But wait, just wait and see what they produce. A true wonder!
They are removed from the ground before the rain (hopefully soon and plentiful ...), right now the field looks like this - what a beautiful crop....
If the weather is too hot a yam bulb will sprout. You can put it in a jar of water and it will become a beautiful house plant, abundant and climbing. Is a member of the Convolvulaceae family, in Hebrew sounds like "ropes" suggesting how they grow, wrapped around everything looking like a rope. They are all beautiful plants and are popular ornamental plants, although some are stubborn as weeds.
and stubborn weeds
Sweet potato - Ipomoea batatas is of the wider Convolvulaceae family, which includes many plants, mostly ornamentals and weeds that are difficult to keep away from the garden. You may recognize some of them. There are many types of sweet potatoes in different shapes and colors: Even sizes can reach more than 10 kg
The name in Hebrew is derived from the word "rope" because it grows tied and wrapped around everything, like a rope. This contributes both to the beauty and to the great difficulty to get rid of the disturbing weeds...
Sweet potato is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables in history, residues having been found in pre historic caves from 10,000 years ago in Peru. It is a perennial herb from Central America which is called there "Batata." Like most "American" vegetables we know, Columbus is the one who brought them to the old world of Europe. It was then distributed through battles and trade to Africa and Asia. It was received there with great success and is still a major component of the local diet. Also here the sweet potato blended in well, and is used as a good, healthy and more nutritious substitute for potatoes, which, unlike sweet potatoes, require cold (which is scarce here) to grow. The part we eat is actually the bulbs in the plant's roots, which we remove from the ground with a pitchfork. You might have noticed, despite our many screenings, injuries from the pitchfork.
Sweet potatoes go through an "incrustation" process so they can be preserved for many months and marketed also in winter. They are placed in a warm room (30-28 ° C) with high relative humidity (95%) for 4-5 days. The sweet potato responds to this by producing a thicker peel which also covers injuries (wounds) of the peel. This organic band aid (just like a scab on a wound) helps to prevent the penetration of decay factors into the body.
They are then stored in the refrigerator at about 15 degrees so they are not too cold in the winter! Our sweet potatoes are delivered to you immediately after removing them from the ground and you can easily preserve them in a cool, dry place (not in a plastic bag the keeps moisture) and not in the refrigerator as the domestic refrigerator is usually set at too low a temperature for them. Because they are a root they do not need to hide from sunlight to prevent them from going green, which is different from potatoes.
BUT TODAY WE'RE ORANGE ...
For the Chinese the orange color means it is a warm food and excellent for the winter. It also is recommended for weight loss! The caloric value is lower than you'd expect from a thick sweet food. The Chinese believe sweet potatoes are good for the spleen, which is responsible for metabolism. It is considered one of the foods with the most balanced nutritional value. Although it is sweet it is relatively low in calories and is considered by westerners to be anti - diabetic and is recommended for diabetics because of its contribution to balance blood sugar levels.
Sweet potato is also rich in vitamin C, B6, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and nutritional fibers located especially in the peel, so better to not peel it.
You can fry, bake, steam, boil, grate them and also eat them raw and organic (!) ... You can make soups, casseroles, stews ... It is an excellent food eaten together with other things or on its own... you can find also sweet-potato ice cream, jams and liquor. Enter the recipe section where there are tons of recipes! Here are a couple of pancake recipes below.
Have a lovely week, not too hot and with sweet drops from the sky.
The garden staff and Maggie
expectation list for this week:
Leek or a bunch beets with leaves
Tatsoi or Kyle?
Larger ones also
Baskets of fruit