Everybody has a favorite vegetable to grow. Some prefer fingerling potatoes for their knobbly finger-like shape, while some favor a tedious vegetable like the artichoke for a sense of great accomplishment. Mine, however, is the rainbow chard. Why? For one, it tastes delicious and secondly, for their assortment of colors!
A general rule of thumb for gardening is to have as many colorful vegetables in the garden. You know the saying: More color, more health. Chalk your garden up with color! Eggplant, radicchio, radish, blue/purple/white/red potatoes, pomegranates, purple cabbage! Red veggies are packed with a natural pigment called “lycopene” or “anthocyanins” … big words for a rather simple meaning. They help in reducing risk of cancers, liver damage, heart disease, as well as containing awesome antioxidants protecting our aging skin from further damage. We all hear the word “antioxidants” labeled in everything now – wine, shellfish, nuts and seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. We live in a civilized era now with information and tools of resource at (literally) the tips of our fingers. Everybody can learn how to eat and live healthily without having to make an appointment at the nutritionalists (unless there are other underlying health problems). But for the most part, it’s an easy thing to do.