Tips on Winter Health

Winter is right around the corner and here are some tips from CSA Member and Doctor of Oriental Medicine Acazia Gilmore.  These are all items that we receive in the CSA shares or can be ordered on the CSA Marketplace.

Garlic Honey

Chop raw garlic into a spoonful of raw honey. They must both be raw for their medicinal, natural anti-biotic qualities.

Garlic-Honey-Vinegar

Chop 5-10 cloves garlic into 1 cup apple cider vinegar. Steep over night and add honey to taste in the morning. Drink by the heaping spoonful throughout the day. Cures lung and throat infections, soothes a cough.

Radish Tea

Add 2 tsp grated fresh radish to 1 cup hot water. Steep 5 minutes, add a pinch of soy sauce, and drink while hot. Dissolves sinus congestion and mucus.

Curried Onions and Greens

Sauté a sliced onion with a Tbl olive oil, plus 1T+ minced garlic and ginger and pinch of sea salt. Add 2 sliced shitake mushroom caps. Cover. Add a ¼ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp coriander and ½ tsp cumin powder (or curry powder) and stir. Finely chop one washed bunch dark leafy greens, like collards or kale. Add to pan, add a splash of water to sizzle, and cover immediately. In 5 minutes you have a delicious side dish that is great alone or with eggs, beans, toast, etc. Add cayenne to heat it up even more.

Eat with the Season

The winter storage crops are primarily:

  • Root Vegetables, (onions, garlic, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, rutabega, Jerusalem artichokes)
  • Dried Beans and Grains
  • Carnivores (long cooked meat stews and casseroles)
  • Dark leafy greens like kale and collards can grow in early snowfall, freeze well, and are important vitamin and energy sources.
  • Apples, plums, berries, and figs are some of the local fruits.
  • Hot herbal teas, hot soups, roasted, cooked and baked foods instead of raw foods, sweet drinks/sodas, ice water, iced coffee, cold dairy products, cold cereal, salads, cold sweet desserts (like ice cream), fruit juice. These things are better suited for summertime.
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