Epazote Nutrients and Health Benefits

Epazote Herb and Leaf VegetableHave you ever heard of Epazote plant? Well, I didn’t, until I did this little research :) Epazote is sometimes called Wormseed, Mexican Tea, Jesuit Tea, or Binomially speaking Dysphania Ambrosioides which formerly had a name of Chenopodium Ambrosioides. Epazote plant can grow as tall as 3.9 feet or 1.2 meters. Epazote can be used as a herb with a strong flavor or as a leaf vegetable. The leaves of Epazote plant can grow as long as 4.7 inches or 12 centimeters. People use Epazote for Agricultural, Culinary, and Medicinal needs. The Nutrients of Raw Epazote in one ounce or 28 grams are: Continue reading

Dandelion Nutrients and Benefits

Yellow Dandelion Flower
Dandelion is an edible weed or herb which is usually considered as an unwanted and annoying plant that must be destroyed and disposed of. But, after reading my research article about Dandelion Plant, you are most likely going to think Positive thoughts about it instead of Negative. Dandelion’s name is taken from French dent-de-lion which means Lion’s Tooth. Dandelions don’t need pollination, because they produce seeds asexually by apomixis. Also, just so you know, I’m talking about the good, healthy, fresh, and natural Dandelions, and NOT about the poisonous and chemical treated Dandelions that are dying in your yard because you have been trying to kill them your whole life.

Dandelions have very strong and long roots that can go very deep under the ground which may support the growth of weaker plants that grow near by Dandelions. The leaves on Dandelions can grow as long as 25 cm or 9.8 inches, and usually stay at the very bottom of the plant. Dandelion’s stem is hollow and can be longer than 10 cm or 3.9 inches, and when it gets broken then the milky bitter sap comes out. Dandelion’s flower heads are usually yellow or orange and they consist of many skinny long petals. After a while Dandelion’s flower heads become white and full of little parachutes and each one of these light and little parachutes hold on to its own seed.

Dandelion weed herb is extremely health beneficial, but it is often unappreciated especially by “Perfect Green Lawn Addicts”. Dandelion flower buds, leaves, and the roots have all been used for Medicinal and Food purposes throughout the world. Just one cup of Raw Dandelion Greens contain 535 percent of Vitamin K. People can either eat the dandelion leaves boiled or raw depending on person’s opinion and taste. Some people and cultures use Dandelion’s Roots for a natural caffeine-free dandelion coffee. The Nutrients in one cup (or 55 grams) of Chopped Raw Dandelion Greens are: Continue reading

Endive Nutrients and Health Benefits

Endive Products at AmazonHave you heard of Endive vegetable? I haven’t yet. It is a healthy leaf vegetable which is also called Cichorium Endivia, Curly Endive, Frisee, Escarole, Broad-Leaved Endive, Bavarian Endive, Grumolo, Scarola, Scarole, Batavian Endive, or Chicory. This vegetable has so many names because there are couple different varieties of it available, one of them has curly leaves and the other one has big rounded leaves. Endive vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked. People can enjoy Endive vegetable in fresh salads, stews, soups, or sauteed. If you would like to check out the Endive Products at amazon, then Click Here. The Nutrients in a cup or 50 grams of Raw Endive Vegetable are: Continue reading

Cassava Nutrients and Health Benefits

Cassava Plant - Yuca, Manioc, Cassaba, CassadaToday I would like to tell you about my research on Cassava plant. Cassava can also be called Manihot Esculenta, Yuca, Manioc, Cassaba, or Cassada. Cassava plant is actually very popular crop in many regions around the world. Nigeria is supposably the biggest Cassava producer in the world. Cassava is very popular because of its Starchy Edible Root. Also, Cassava root is one of the largest sorces of carbohydrates in the world. Cassava can be classified as sweet or toxic depending on its toxicity.

Warning! You must know how to prepare the Cassava plant the proper way. If you’ll prepare the Cassava Vegetable improperly, then you will cause someone or yourself to get a disease called Konzo. Konzo or Mantakassa is an epidemic paralytic disease usually caused by insufficient processing of bitter Cassava. So, remember to cook it properly in order to detoxify Cassava before eating it. Continue reading

Cardoon Nutrients and Health Benefits

Cardoon VegetableIn this article I would like to introduce you to an interesting, beautiful, and unique Vegetable called Cardoon. Other names for Cardoon are Cardone, Carduni, Cardoni, Cardi, Artichoke Thistle, or its Binomial name is Cynara Cardunculus. Cardoon vegetable was and still is pretty popular around the world. In Australia, California, and Argentina this Cardoon Vegetable is considered as a highly invasive weed. Cardoon vegetable needs to be handled very carefully because of the hard-to-see and poky spines.

Some people claim that Mario Batali, who is an American chef, said that Cardoons has a “very sexy flavor”. Cardoon’s flower buds can be eaten just like an artichoke. The stems are usually eaten after being either braised, battered, or fried. Cardoon’s stalks look like Celery stalks and are usually eaten after being steamed or braised. Also, Cardoon’s root can be eaten after being boiled. Continue reading

Nutrients and Health Benefits of Amaranth Grains and Leaves

Amaranth LeavesAmaranth Herb is also called Amaranthus consists of about 70 species. Different species of Amaranth are used for different needs like leaf vegetables, grains, cereals, herbs, and ornamentals. Amaranth Grains are very similar in flavor and in cooking to Quinoa Grains and they are both called Pseudograins. Cooked Amaranth Grains and Raw Amaranth Leaves are full of Amazing Nutrients and in impressively large amounts. Some doctors recommend Amaranth Leaves for people who are very low on Red Blood Cells. So, if you are diagnosed with cancer then you should definitelly be adding Amaranth Vegetable and Grains to your diet. Below, I will provide you all with the Nutrients and Benefits of Amaranth Grains and of Amaranth Leaves. Anyway, the Nutrients in a cup or in 28 grams of Raw Amaranth Leaves are: Continue reading

Alfalfa Nutrients and Health Benefits

Alfalfa SproutsIn this Article I would like to introduce you to a flowering plant, that somewhat resembles a clover, called Alfalfa. Alfalfa is also called lucerne, lucerne grass, chara, gadab, rajka, or Binomially called Medicago Sativa. Alfalfa doesn’t like to be planted on existing Alfalfa fields, so it is very recommended to rotate your fields with other species or plants like wheat or corn before planting Alfalfa on the same field again. Alfalfa is mainly grown and used for feeding different kinds of animals. Alfalfa Sprouts are very edible for humans and they taste good in sandwiches and salads. Continue reading

Agave Nutrients and Health Benefits

Agave VegetableAgave vegetables are not Cactus Plants and they are not Aloe Plants. Agave plants are from Agavaceae family and have more than 200 different species. Agave Americana, Agave Angustifolia, Agave Tequilana, and Agave Attenuata are the most commonly grown species of Agave Vegetable. The Agave’s Flowers, leaves, stalks (basal rosettes), and the sap (honey water) are all edible for humans. Agave vegetable provides people an another alternative to sugar in cooking which is usually called Agave Nectar (agave syrup). When you handle Agave or drink its juice please be carefull, because some people claim that some of the Agave juices can cause Dermatitis (an allergic inflammation of the skin) which can last for about two weeks. For a Huge List of Agave Species just go to Wikipedia’s Page Here. Continue reading

Nutrients and Health Benefits of Borage or Starflower

Borage Flower HerbToday I would like to introduce you all to an amazing and beautiful Annual Herb Flower called Borage. Some people refer to it as Starflower or Borago officinalis. If you take a closer look at this beautiful herb, you’ll be able to see lots of unique and amazing details of this plant. Originally Borage Herb was grown for its medicinal and culinary benefits, but today it is mostly used in commercial cultivation as an oilseed. In stores this oil from Borage would be labeled either Starflower Oil or Borage Oil.

Some people claim that Borage tastes like a cucumber when eaten as a fresh Vegetable. Borage Flower tastes like honey and is often used for decorating desserts. When people use Borage as a Vegetable, they can use it for salads, soups, and sauces.
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Radishes Nutrients and Health Benefits

RadishesI love Radish Vegetable because it tastes good, a little spicy, and at the same time the texture is fun and crunchy. The Radish’s Binomal Name is Raphanus Sativus and it is considered an Edible Root Vegetable. You can find radishes in many different colors around the world, some are white, some are red, some are purple, some are pink, and some are red and white at the same time. The Latin Name for Radish is Radix which means Root. Radishes can grow or mature extremely fast. Some Radishes can become ripe and ready in as little as three weeks. Radishes really like to grow in full sunlight all day long. People from around the world like to eat Radishes mostly raw, but some do like them cooked. The most common use of radishes is salads. People can use the red bulb part of the radish for food and the green leaves too. The Nutrients of Sliced Radishes in about one cup or 116 grams are: Continue reading