by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
Planting “Superfoods” in the Vegetable Garden Mid- to late March is the time to plant cool season vegetable crops in the garden. Well, what does that have to do with “superfoods”? “Superfoods” is one of those ubiquitous terms that has shown up in nutrition and cooking vocabularies in the last couple of years. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, a “superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits.” There is a lot of debate about whether a specific fruit or plant has “superfood” characteristics. The food research community has its serious concerns about the concept, so research and debate are ongoing. While some “superfoods” like blueberries might not really live up to their hyped reputation, other vegetables are truly rich in valuable nutrients. Again, Wikipedia notes, “Many recent superfood lists contain common food choices whose nutritional value has been long recognized as excep-
White Russian Kale tional. Examples of these would be berries, nuts and seeds in general, dark green vegetables (such as spinach, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli), citrus fruits ~ vegetables with bright, dark, or intense colors (such as beets and their greens, 83
March 2015 Tidewater Times