With food having to be transported an average of 1500 miles before reaching its consumer, The Eco Guide estimates that every pound of food is bound to release about 0.018 pounds of CO2 into the air. If you are looking to preserve the environment, buying food from the local market would have a significant impact on the greenhouse levels on the earth. An even better alternative would be to grow your own food in your garden. This will allow you to use organic methods to grow your food and reap the benefits that these methods have to offer. So, what are some of the best vegetables to grow in your home garden for optimal health?
Here are three vegetable to consider:
Broccoli is a powerhouse in terms of the nutrient profile as it will provide you with a variety of nutrients. These nutrients include calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, A and B6 to name a few nutrients. While the calcium in the vegetable will help in promoting your teeth’s health, vitamin C will aid in promoting the absorption of iron among other benefits. In fact, a single cup of broccoli will provide you with 130% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. When growing it, be sure to watch out for cabbage worms as they can easily reduce your broccoli to nothing.
Although being a rare vegetable to find being grown, leaf amaranth can be quite beneficial health wise. It is a great source of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, phosphorus and vitamins to name a few nutrients. Additionally, the slightly tangy and sweet flavor of the leaves makes the plant easy to include in a variety of dishes. They do great during the summer months as they can withstand the heat vis-à-vis other vegetables. When growing them, be sure to watch out for leaf miners.
The fact that you can eat the leaves and the roots of this vegetable makes them one of the best vegetables to grow. You can effortlessly include them in your diet through salads. Additionally, you can sauté the beetroot greens as you do with spinach. Beetroots are excellent sources of iron, vitamin C, and potassium. The beetroot greens, on the other hand, are rich in iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, A, and C. When growing beetroots, be sure to harvest them when young as larger beets tend to be less flavorful as well as woody.
The role of protecting and conserving the earth’s atmosphere is not a job for one person, and growing your vegetables will have a significant impact on achieving a sustainable atmosphere. Furthermore, you will enjoy the perks of organic farming as well as get to indulge in a healthy diet. Consider growing the above foods to both live healthy and make the world a better place.
Jennifer Holt is a freelance writer and mother of two, who loves nothing more than to play, “where has the cat hidden itself now.”