Local Superfoods

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For some the word ‘superfood’ conjures the image of Popeye with his can of spinach, for others it brings to mind colorful health bowls densely packed with vitamins and vegetables. Over the years as new foods have come in and out of fashion we have also seen huge ecological and social impacts on origin countries. The journey to our shelves has a big CO2 impact, while native foods that pack as much of a punch as açai, chia seeds and goji are overlooked. So, what are the locals like?

Picture shows local food market.

The first name on the list is the humble Asparagus. This staple of traditional nutrition is absolutely packed with fiber, folate and vitamin A, C, E and K. As well as this it also contains a trace mineral that enhances insulin making it useful for anyone with Diabetes.

Kale is already well-known as a superfood, containing vitamins A, C, K, B6, calcium, potassium and manganese. As well as this impressive range of nutrients it is also incredibly easy to grow in any climate with a cold Fall season. To get the most flavor out of this impressive vegetable try to hunt it down after the first frost of the season. At this point some of the starches will have turned into sugars, making it less tart and even tastier.

Flaxseed is a fiber crop that first dates back 30,000 years ago and contains alpha-linolenic acid, or omega-3. The quantity and quality of alpha-linolenic acid in Flaxseed is comparable to Chia seed, an extremely popular option.

It also turns out Popeye was onto something. The humble spinach leaf contains vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Its compounds are anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and important for healthy eyesight. Unfortunately it won’t give you massive biceps but it is a common superfood that can be found at most markets.

A woman buys vegetables at the local food market.

If you’re interested in buying local produce but unsure where to start local farmers' markets are a good place to start. In a more connected world it is also easier than ever before to order from local farms, trace where food comes from and discover the growing methods used if you are interested in organic options. Whatever you choose, make sure your food quality is good, rich in nutrients and most importantly of all: delicious!

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