So folks, for many of you the days will be drawing in and the temperatures dropping. For us in Singapore and surrounds we have a different thing keeping us inside: the haze, caused by destructive burn-back agricultural practices used in Indonesia, especially to clear for benighted palm oil plantations. The air is choking and the sky a shade of beige. So whether it’s a Northern Hemisphere winter or an equatorial choke-out, we’re both likely to be staying indoors more, and that can be depressing. But fear not, urban farming can help!Read More
In previous posts I’ve extolled the virtues of growing herbs in small spaces. Beyond the culinary benefits they bring to most dishes, and the potential money you save not buying a few overpriced sprigs from the store, many pack a mighty nutritional punch.
This and subsequent posts will focus on a few herbs (and spices) that you can grow at home, examining what’s been written about their nutritional properties. As highlighted in my previous post, Nutrition Attrition, there are contradictory articles. This is not a scientific analysis, nor is it detailed enough to cover all perspectives. What I’ve sought to do is identify consistent comments in both Western and Eastern sources about these herbs’ potential nutritional (and wellbeing) benefits.
For more on the various nutrients mentioned see the nutrient summary in our ‘eating guide’.Read More