The best part of Spring is the ability to bring fresh home grown produce and herbs into your meals. Over the next few weeks, as it continues to warm up in NYC, Relish brings you the best produce to grow and some tips and tricks to get the most from your home garden.
Fennel can be grown at home in a backyard garden. You will need a significant amount of space for this plant to flurish, at least a 12 inch diameter. This is a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet, if you have not tried it yet. Fennel offers a verity of health benefits including reducing symptoms of non-ulcer dyspepsia, treating respiratory disorders, maintains healthy levels of cholesterol, reduces high blood pressure, reduces the risk of breast and liver cancer, and increases brain function. additionally, it helps protect against the harmful effects of radiation during cancer treatment.
Give this Watercress and Fennel Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Vinaigrette recipe a try with your fresh fennel bulbs.
Snow Peas are perfect for a small window garden at home. These vertical plants grow quickly and they do not require much attention. Plant peas now because they produce in the cooler months of the spring. Snow Peas are an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, and manganese.
Give this Snow Pea & Sweet Potato Salad with Walnut- Basil Pesto recipe a try with your vibrant snow peas.
Beets are another easy to grow and enjoy throughout the spring. If you are space wary, “Mini Ball” and “Baby Bal” variates do especially well in containers. The health benefits of beets are vast and include assisting in lower blood pressure, boosting your stamina, fighting inflammation, anti- cancer properties, and are rich in fiber.
Heat up your oven and give this Beetroot and Goat Cheese Tart a try with your fresh home grown beets.
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