England doesn’t always have the best weather, so we often assume that the healthiest superfoods must be grown in some exotic foreign location. But that’s not always the case!
Whilst we might not have glorious sunshine every day of the year, we have something else that’s just as vital to growth: rain.
So you can start to grow your very own superfoods right here at home! That way, you’ll always have a fresh supply, and you’ll know for sure that what you grow is 100% organic. So here are some of the most nutrient-rich superfoods you can grow at home.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that you can grow tomatoes in your English garden, they’re a typical greenhouse fruit. But you might not have realised just how beneficial they can be to your health.
They reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as improving your overall health with vitamins (mainly vitamin C and K) and nutrients.
If you want your tomatoes to be a success, the best time to sow tomato seeds is in March or April. They can be grown in the garden, or in a greenhouse.
Spinach’s popularity has hit the roof in recent years, as people have realised its potential to boost our health. It’s been thrown into smoothies, both sweet and savoury, and used to add a little something to pasta dishes of all kinds.
You can easily grow spinach in your garden, any time between February and September. Birds love to sneak a peck of growing spinach though, so it might be worth investing in some netting to cover it whilst it grows.
Kale is perfect for those looking for a superfood that’s full of health benefits, but completely lacking in fat. There’s literally no downside to eating kale. It’s an antioxidant, it’s high in fibre, vitamins, and iron. It’s good for your heart, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
The best time to sow kale is between February and May. It’s also really easy to grow, so this is a good superfood to start with if you’re new to gardening.
Known for helping you see in the dark, there are more benefits to eating carrots than you might have known. They’re good for your skin and your digestive system, plus they’re full of vitamins.
You can grow carrots from February to July. And once you’ve tasted a home grown carrot, you’re not going to want to shop-bought ones.
Cabbage can be easily grown over summer in the UK, anytime from May to August is best. They grow best if you start them off indoors and move them to the garden when they’re ready.
This is a superfood that’s full of everything your body could need for a health boost. Plus, there are so many different ways you can eat it: raw, steamed, roasted etc. So there are plenty of recipes you can use this home grown superfood for.