Meet the First Functional Food - Herbs
Are you getting ready to plant a garden? Don’t forget to include planting herbs in your garden or container. Herbs have been grown and cultivated for thousands of years, as far back as 5000 BC. Some herbs have surprising health benefits, which may make herbs the original functional food.
Ancient healers used herbs as a remedy to treat various conditions and for overall good health. Herbs are a rich source of antioxidants, similar to fruits and vegetables, when compared on a weight-for-weight basis. Adding herbs when cooking is also a great way to add flavor, yet cut back on fat or sodium, making recipes healthier. Some herbs help reduce bacteria levels in foods, acting as a natural preservative.
Remember when using fresh herbs to add them toward the end of cooking. A good rule of thumb when using fresh herbs in place of dried is to use two or four times more fresh herbs. You too can enjoy the flavor of herbs and the health benefits!
All you need:
1 mango, peeled and seeded
1 Pink Lady apple
1 navel orange, peeled and sectioned
1 banana, peeled
1 tbsp fresh basil
1 tbsp fresh mint
1/4 cup dried coconut
Juice and zest of one lemon
All you do:
1. Medium dice all of the fruit and place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Thinly slice basil and mint and add to fruit mixture.
3. Add remaining ingredients and toss.
4. Refrigerate for about one hour to allow flavors to develop.