Week of September 30, 2014 - Colors of Autumn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:59 PM | Anonymous

Green and red and orange and purple blessings to you all.

Turn off your computer and go outside. The colors are so beautiful at this time of the year. And the sunlight, especially in the afternoon, is a special blessing.
It is time to dig roots. And that is what we will be doing in the very next workshop here at the Wise Woman Center. I sure hope you can come and join us for some Hands-on Herbal Medicine. And for the Winter Remedies class as well. Two great opportunities to get ready for the cold that’s coming. We will make wild salads, wander in the woods, get our hands dirty, and learn about lots of wonderful ways to stay healthy and prevent colds and the flu.

Meanwhile, capture some of the brilliant colors of fall for yourself by eating carotenes, chlorophyll, and anthocyanins.

I know you know about carotenes, those anti-oxidants that give fruits and vegetables their bright red and orange colors. I make sure to have some well-cooked colorful plants on my plate every day. (The longer the food cooks, the more carotenes are available for us.)
And you probably know about chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color. I have cooked greens every day, also. And I cook those greens for at least an hour, so I can utilize that cholorphyll.

But have you heard of anthocyanins? They are a different coloring compound. This one make fruits and vegetable dark purple or nearly black: as in black lentil, blackberries, blueberries, and some leaves in the autumn. Our photo essay this week takes us into the fields and the kitchen, to capture some anthocyanins for winter health. Let’s go!

Green (and red, orange, green, and purple) blessings are everywhere.

~ Weed Walk ~

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