The Power of Sprouts !

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That powerhouse of nutrition – sprouts!th-1

Living sprouts from Sylva Lining Organics
Living sprouts from Sylva Lining Organics

At this time of year it can be a challenge to find enough variety in leafy greens so sprouts – which are approximately 30 times more nutritious than most vegies – make a wonderful substitute.

Although sprouts are small they are packed with nutrition providing a range of, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that help protect against free radical damage.

When you sprout foods, you increase proteolytic enzymes that make both carbohydrates and proteins digestible.

Source – http://articles.mercola.com

Sylva Lining Organics has :

  • sunflower sprouts – tasty in salads and great for green smoothies.
  • radish sprouts – give a burst of zing to your salad.
  • red cabbage sprouts, and
  • barley sprouts.

I have been watching the trays of barley sprouts being carried out each week  – by enthusiastic juicers I suspect – but generally people who are very sad if they miss out!

In addition Sylva Lining Organics has loads of egg plants including some heirloom varieties and cherry tomatoes. So what do you do when there are heaps of tomatoes? Try preserving them by sun-drying … see Recipe below.

The Gourmet Salad Hut also has organic sunflower sprouts most weeks.

Sadly blueberries have finished and won’t be back until spring!

Mangoes

Available from Rainbow Fruit Flats and Everest have mangoes.

Dragon fruit from Rainbow Fruit Flats market stall – great to eat cut in half; in smoothies and much more.
Stallholder changesNudgel Nuts – is BACK this week for maybe a week or two until their nuts run out! The good news is the new season nuts will soon be harvested.

NO APPLES THIS WEEK! Michelle had hoped to have new season apples this week but alas they will not return to the market until NEXT WEEK!

Entertainment this week : Rob Csokas

Recipe: Sundried tomatoes sundried-cherry-tomatoes-yellow-red-43465359

Simply slice tomatoes in half, place on a raised screen, lightly sprinkle with salt and optional herbs , and place in the hot sun until dry. Depending on your weather conditions, this could take anywhere from four days to two weeks. You’ll want to cover them with cheesecloth, raised so it does not touch the tomatoes, to keep out any critters and provide proper ventilation. You will also need to bring them in during the night, lest the evening dew undo your drying process. Plan on 10 standard tomatoes to get one ounce of dried tomatoes.

Extract from About Food. For more details visit http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/sundriedrecipe.htm

 Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):

  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers (Lebanese)
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Finger limes
  • Passionfruit
  • Paw Paw
  • Rockmelon
  • Sprouts
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

 

Seasonal Produce List Updated:

Vegetables

Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Chard (organic), Chilli, Cucumber (+organic), Corn (+organic), Eggplant (+organic), Garlic (+organic), Herbs (basil + organic basil, coriander, ginger, rocket, turmeric and more), Kale (+organic), Lettuce (cos organic), Fancy Lettuce and mixed salad greens, Micro greens (+ wide variety of organic such as alfalfa, sunflower, broccoli, chick pea), Mizuna, Onion (+organic), Pak Choi (organic), Potato (Sebago) , Pumpkin (+organic), Salad Mix, Silver Beet, Sprouts (+organic), Spinach (+organic), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic) Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Watercress, Wheat grass, Zucchini (+organic).

Fruit

Apples, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers and Little Gem), Blueberries, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Strawberries

Nuts

Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts

Dairy

Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir.

Goats milk and soft cheeses, Kefir

Honey

Raw unprocessed honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon!

Breads

A variety of artisan breads baked with organic flours and local market products including macadamia nut bread!

Beef, lamb and pork (All Natural Meat Company), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary)