“Let food be thy medicine.”
This quote is often attributed to Hippocrates of Kos, an ancient Greek physician who lived around 400 BC. Considered the “father of medicine,” he emphasized that disease resulted from one’s dietary intake, habits and the environment and was not a punishment inflicted from the gods as popularly thought at the time. Whew!
Today, thanks to expanded knowledge and a desire to improve our lifestyles, we understand that real and good food is a key component of being and staying healthy. For that reason, we are members of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) group in order to enjoy the bounty of the land as nature intended, free from poisons that harm the soil, fruits and vegetables, animals and humans.
We know that organic food is superior in terms of the health factor, but it also seems much tastier! According to a 2016 Pew Research Center study, 76% of respondents stated they bought organic food because it is healthier than conventional food, and 32% said it also tastes better. Interestingly, 59% said organic and conventional foods tasted the same. As a CSA member, what do you think? Seriously, my experience is that organic foods are way more pleasing to the palate and eye.
What does the organic label really mean anyway? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.”
The USDA further says “produce can be called organic if it’s certified to have grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.”
For more details, visit https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2012/03/22/organic-101-what-usda-organic-label-means.
Knowing that, it is clear that clean food, grown without synthetics or pesticides, will not harm our bodies, but enhance and energize them. What we decide to put inside our bodies has short- and long-term consequences, so making positive food choices will bring us to an optimal state of mind and body. Of course, your health decisions should be made in conjunction with a qualified health practitioner (traditional or holistic) as needed.
One of our members, Mare, wanted to share what we can do with the white mango turmeric that is available for purchase. Check this out.
“I peeled it and sliced it and I placed it on a plate and I set it in the sun to dry. The slices of turmeric became crunchy like a chip. I then took the chips and put them in a grinder [like for coffee beans or nuts], and I made it into a powder. I thought this would be something good to share with the members for anyone who likes to use turmeric. I also grated (skin on) a pretty big piece, and I boiled it in about 2 cups of water and I let it steep for a couple of hours, added some stevia and ice and had iced turmeric tea which was delicious.”
(Photo courtesy of Mare)
Thanks for sharing that Mare!
It is my goal to encourage everyone to read this blog, share tips, recipes and photos of our organic food and learn something fun and useful each time.
I love quotes, so let me share one here. “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are” (Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin).
Bon appétit! Feel free to send me information or a comment at: firstname.lastname@example.org.