Super foods are nutrient-rich foods that are especially beneficial for health and well-being. There are many super foods you can grow in your own garden and the following five are the easiest.
5 Super foods You Can Easily Grow
These are also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, they are very easy to grow and are really yummy.
The sunchoke is indigenous to North America and are related to the sunflower not artichokes though they have a taste similar to artichoke. The edible part of the plant is the tubers, produced in the root system. It is identifiable through its pretty yellow flowers that look like sunflowers.
The sunchoke is rich in essential minerals iron, potassium and magnesium. These minerals help in the functioning of the heart. The plant is also high in B vitamins such as B3, B5 and B9 which promote hair, eye and skin health. Sunchoke is also a very important source of inulin, a carbohydrate that inhibits the increase of blood glucose levels (thus it’s a great food for diabetics) and acts as a pre-biotic in the digestive system.
You can start growing sunchokes from tubers. Just stick the tuber in the ground and wait for them to come up. In 4 months’ time, the plant will flower. When the flowers die back, pull up the plant to find tubers in the roots. Leave a few tubers in the ground for next year. Sunchokes are perennial.
This fragrant seasoning has so many surprising benefits that every gardener should grow them.
This white bulb is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body will definitely benefit from. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial and it is great at detoxifying the body. Also, garlic can improve cardiovascular health.
So grow a lot of garlic and enjoy the health benefits it offers plus all the tasty dishes it helps make.
3. Tree collard
It’s collard but it’s a tree. This member of the collard family can reach heights of 8 to 10 feet and is considered an evergreen. What’s more amazing about it is that it can have a lifespan of 20 years!
Tree collard is a great source of vitamin K, A, C, folate, manganese and calcium. It also contains more protein by weight than beef.
Beets are rich in phytonutrients, carotenoids and antioxidant pigments such as betanin. Aside from the health benefits of this superfood, beets are also yummy.
Mature leaves make good pot greens, the sweet roots can be boiled, baked or pickled and baby beet tops are great in salad. Beets are easy to grow because they thrive in any soil under all conditions.
5. Red clover
Red clover is a cancer preventative. It contains isoflavons which helps protect against cancer.
Aside from that, clovers are also rich in proteins, vitamins including vitamins A, B-12, C, E and K, minerals including silicon, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium and the nutrients niacin and thiamine.
The entire clover plant can be eaten either raw or cooked. It can be sautéed, added in soups or tossed in salads. Clover can also be steeped in tea.