Wild about my weeds!

May 15th, 2015

Wild Dandelions

As much as we dislike weeds, particularly the dandelion, the pretty yellow flowering plant is not only delicious eaten with my favourite oil and sea salt but has many health benefits too. We eat them until they begin flowering, once the flowers appear, the season for wild dandelion is over.

Picked fresh from local strawberry fields…

Not to worry if you want to eat this weed, dandelion is available at farmers markets, markets and grocery stores that carry fresh greens for most of the season. Farm grown, not wild. And the best advice I can give you is to look for Organically grown.

Have a look at the health benefits that this weed is loaded with.

1. Bones- Great for your bones, very rich in calcium.
2. Antioxidant- Rich in Vitamin C, Luteolin that protects bones from aging that is due to free radicals-bone density loss, weakness and frailty.
3.Liver- Acts as a stimulus to promote proper digestions and liver function, also help reduce chances of constipation. Dandelions also aid  in eleiminationg toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract.
4.Diabetes- Dandelion juice helps remove excess sugar from the body lowering blood sugar. It also helps diabetics in particular by stimulating insulin production.
5. Skin- The sap or milky substance that comes form the dandelion has anti fungal properties to help treat diseases like eczema, ringworm, acne  or itches in general with no side effects.

These are only a few of the natural health benefit by adding a locally grown weed to your daily diet.

They are so easy to prepare. Wash, boil until tender, season with oil and sea salt.

Eat the weed,

Stacey

A perfect time to start fresh

April 30th, 2015

Forget the cold, the snow….it is gone now.

This is the best time to start sourcing your food locally, before you know it there will be an abundance of it, needless to say it is way more delicious than imported varieties. Healthier, yes.

Organic produce and fruits are more readily available at a fair price, often the same or pennies more. Organics are definitely worth trying if you have not. Healthier, yes.

We need to eat more fruits and vegetables, so choosing locally produced and organic varieties makes sense when you thinking of eating fresh. What matters is how your food is grown, where it is grown, if there are any chemicals, pesticides or herbicides used in the process.

This is a perfect time to start fresh…

 

Stacey

eat fresh*eat local*eat healthy

I want my apples to go brown!

March 23rd, 2015

And you should too.

You have the right to know what is in your food, where it comes from and if it has been “genetically modified.”

Here is what the dictionary says genetically modified means,

“genetically modified |jəˈnetik(ə)lē ˈmädəˌfīd| (abbr.: GM)
adjective (of an organism or crop) containing genetic material that has been artificially altered so as to produce a desired characteristic: genetically modified viruses to insert new genes into growing plants.”

Inserting genes into the plants that grow my food? Artificially altering my food? Genetically modified viruses?

Does that sound healthy?

The Arctic Apple-two decades in the making? Seriously? It took nature how long to create the original apple?

The article I have attached speaks solely from a dollar point of view. It does not speak to the educated Canadian consumer who wants to know what they are eating before they purchase it, especially GMO foods. What is wrong and unfair is most of us are still not sure what GMO means. Many illnesses, diseases, gastrointestinal, food sensitivities and severe life threatening allergies are directly linked to GMO foods. Why give this kind of food the right to be there when many of us do not want it.

I want my apples to go brown naturally, it is a sign that it is approaching the expiration date that nature intended on giving us, to know when the food is no longer good for human consumption. So why eat apples that never let you know when it is expired and is no longer a valid source of nutrition?

Here is what the founder of these apples has to say, is this complete arrogance or only his right to know, not yours.

“We are not going to label it as a GMO,” said their founder Neal Carter in an interview with Global News.

“We have spent a lot of time and money and effort to prove that this product is as safe as any other apple.”

As for his money and time spent on his “frankenfruit” that is his problem, not yours to consume. This is not food you should be testing or paying for on his behalf to see if it is good for you or dangerous to your health. Why is Heath Canada approving this?

Arctic apple vs. an apple, click on the image to see the video.

My Ontario grown Spartan apple went slightly brown after 30 minutes, it still tasted great!

Lastly, you have to ask yourself. If the food was safe to begin with, why did he spend so much time to try and prove his theory that it is safe? Maybe this is because this kind of food is not, we my need 20-50 years of human consumption to realize the impact. Time to see what it does to us and our food system. Why rush into anything that is so uncertain?

We need to keep Heritage varieties filling our orchards and our fridges, apples that have survived for hundreds of years providing us with whole nutrition.

Are you ready to be his “GMO” tester?

You can avoid foods that are not labelled GMO, by eating organic, local organic, non-GMO and seasonally grown foods that are grown locally. Is it not odd that we have to label Organic foods but here is no law that says we have to label GMO foods.

Fred Steele, the other farmer in the article may be right about the impact on all apple growers, many of us including myself may buy less apples in the future because of the lack of good, honest labeling.

Food for thought.

Stacey Fokas

References-By Neetu Garcha- Reporter for Global News, March 23rd 2015.