18
jul
2016

chives

Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum.

A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia and North America

Chives are grown for their scapes, which are used for culinary purposes as a flavoring herb, and provide a somewhat milder flavor than those of other Allium species. The smallest and most delicate member of the onion family, chives are a popular herb used in European cookery. They have long, thin green blades that are hollow inside. They have a mild, grassy flavour similar to baby spring onions or young leeks. 

The medicinal properties of chives are similar to those of garlic, but weaker; the faint effects in comparison with garlic are probably the main reason for their limited use as a medicinal herb. Containing numerous organosulfur compounds such as allyl sulfides and alkyl sulfoxides, chives are reported to have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system. They also have mild stimulant, diuretic, and antiseptic properties.As chives are usually served in small amounts and never as the main dish, negative effects are rarely encountered, although digestive problems may occur following overconsumption.
Chives are also rich in vitamins A and C,contain trace amounts of sulfur, and are rich in calcium and iron

Chives are cultivated both for their culinary uses and their ornamental value; the violet flowers are often used in ornamental dry bouquets

01
jan
ribollita--tuscan-bread-soup-with-vegetables

Ribollita Tuscan bread soup with vegetables

Ingredients ( for 6 people):

  • Half a cabbage
  • 2 black cabages
  • spinach
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 long onion
  • 1 cellery stalk
  • ½ kg peeled tomatoes
  • 4 zuchini’s
  • 1 onion
  • parsley
  • ½ kg boiled white beans
  • piece of prosciutto with the bone
  • 2kg dry Tuscan bread
  • olive oil
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 vegetable stalk

Boil the white beans in water for 2 hours. Chop the parsley, cellery, onion, and long onion and cook in a deep pan with olive oil with the piece of prosciutto with the bone....

06
dec
amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Most of the species from Amaranthus are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed

Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. See Callaloo

Cooked amaranth leaves are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and...

07
jun
carrot:-sunscreen

Carrot: sunscreen

Some foods, such as carrots, are rich in carotenoids and can represent a major defensive systems to counter the rays. Not to mention that these foods have a protective effect against various chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and age-related macular degeneration.

Antioxidant-rich beta carotene, the orange vegetables protect against sunburn and help you achieve a healthy complexion.
The carrots will not only help you get a healthy Tan while protecting the skin, but are...

25
jul
mirtilli
04
jul
purslane

Purslane

It's known as purslane - a plant that is a troublesome weed in many U.S. crops, especially vegetables. But recent research findings confirm that purslane is also a rich source of fatty acids, vitamin E, and other key nutrients - making it a prime candidate as a new vegetable crop. It is known for its persistence - it grows even in poor-quality soils with little water and resists disease...

In summary, purslane makes a nice addition to salads, soups and sautés. This is called versatility. Add...

05
nov
bergamot

Bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) has the fresh, sweet, citrus scent that is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin.

While the distinctive fruit of the bergamot (bergamotto of Italy, bergamote of France) is sometimes referred to as an orange, its resemblances to the oranges are so remote or lacking that it seems best to employ the European...