Broccoli

Broccoli has a slightly earthy, savory taste, and retains a firm texture when eaten fresh, lightly steamed, or sauted. It can be used raw in salads or appetizers, steamed as a side dish, or cooked into stews and other recipes.

 

Health Benefits

In a way that might be unique among foods, the nutrients found in broccoli are able to change this set of connections between inflammation, oxidative stress, detox and cancer. In fact, it would be fair to describe broccoli as containing anti-inflammatory nutrients, antioxidant nutrients, detox-support nutrients, and anti-cancer nutrients as well! [...] It looks like an average of 1/2 cup of broccoli per day... is enough to provide some measurable benefits... a 2-cup serving twice a week would still meet this minimum average amount...

Broccoli also provides digestive support by offering a large amount of dietary fiber. "...You don't have to eat much broccoli to get a large amount of your daily requirement!" Compounds in broccoli also help "protect the health of our stomach lining by helping prevent bacterial overgrowth..."

Other notable benefits are broccoli's support of the cardiovascular system and its cholesterol-lowering effects. "Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming... Raw broccoli still has cholesterol-lowering ability, just not as much."

Also notable are positive effects on the eyes and skin.

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Nutrition Facts

"Broccoli is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin C, anti-inflammatory vitamin K, free-radical-scavenging vitamin A... heart-healthy folate, and digestive-health-supporting fiber. It is a very good source of enzyme-activating manganese; muscular-system-supporting potassium, protein, and magnesium; energy-producing vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and phosphorus; and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, it is a good source of energy-producing vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, and iron; bone-healthy calcium; and immune-supportive zinc and vitamin E."

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Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts look a lot like miniature cabbages, but have a very unique flavor (which seems to be related to their helth properties). They have a distinctively "green," savory taste, and retain their texture when carefully prepared. They can be steamed as a side dish, or cooked into various dishes.

 

Health Benefits

"...Brussels sprouts provide special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention... Among all types of cancer, prevention of the following cancer types is most closely associated with intake of Brussels sprouts: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer...

...The body's detox system requires ample supplies of sulfur to work effectively, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur-containing nutrients. Sulfur is connected with both the smell and taste of Brussels sprouts...

...Brussels sprouts are an important dietary source of many vitamin antioxidants... Some of the antioxidant compounds found in Brussels sprouts may be somewhat rare in foods overall."

Other notable benefits are brussel sprouts' support of the digestive and cardiovascular systems, specifically its cholesterol-lowering effects.

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Nutrition Facts

"Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, vitamin A, manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and thiamin (vitamin B1) and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, phosphorus, protein, magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin E, copper and calcium."

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Cabbage - Green

Green cabbage has a refreshing, slightly sharp flavor, and a definitively crunchy texture. It can be used raw in salads, fermented into saurkraut, used to flavor and provide substance in soups, or included in other dishes.

 

Health Benefits

"Researchers now realize that different types of cabbage (red, green, and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates. This new knowledge means that your broadest health benefits from cabbage are likely to come from inclusion of all varieties in your diet.

Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits. More than 475 studies have examined the role of this cruciferous vegetable in cancer prevention (and in some cases, cancer treatment). The uniqueness of cabbage in cancer prevention is due to the three different types of nutrient richness found in this widely enjoyed food. The three types are (1) antioxidant richness, (2) anti-inflammatory richness, and (3) richness in glucosinolates."

Other notable benefits from cabbage include support of the digestive and cardiovascular systems, specifically via lowering cholesterol.

 

Source: whfoods.com


Nutrition Facts

"Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6 potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Cabbage is also a good source of thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and protein."

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Cabbage - Savoy

Savoy cabbage has a milder flavor and a softer texture. It can be fermented into saurkraut or kim chee, sauteed into stir-frys, used to flavor and provide substance in soups, and incorporated in many other recipes.

 

Health Benefits

Researchers now realize that different types of cabbage (red, green, and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates. This new knowledge means that your broadest health benefits from cabbage are likely to come from inclusion of all varieties in your diet.

Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits. More than 475 studies have examined the role of this cruciferous vegetable in cancer prevention (and in some cases, cancer treatment). The uniqueness of cabbage in cancer prevention is due to the three different types of nutrient richness found in this widely enjoyed food. The three types are (1) antioxidant richness, (2) anti-inflammatory richness, and (3) richness in glucosinolates."

Other notable benefits include support of the digestive and cardiovascular systems, specifically through cholesterol-lowering effects.

 

Source: whfoods.com


Nutrition Facts

"Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6 potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Cabbage is also a good source of thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and protein."

Source: whfoods.com

Celery

Our celery is mildly salty, crunchy, and refreshing. Celery can be chopped fresh into salads, or topped with peanut butter and raisins. Celery is commonly used to flavor soups, stews, and other dishes. It's also used to provide flavor and nutrients in detox juice blends.

Fresh From...

Our celery is grown locally, right here in our own fields, from mid-November to late April, and is sold by the head. Depending on the season and availability, Jessica's Stand also sells Certified Organic celery from other farms.


Health Benefits

"Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like celery may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms...

Celery's potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine practitioners, and Western science researchers may have recently identified one reason why. Celery contains active compounds... which can help relax the muscles around arteries... with more space inside the arteries, the blood can flow at a lower pressure...

Celery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, thus decreasing the mutations that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous..."

Source: whfoods.com


Nutrition Facts

"Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, folate, molybdenum, manganese and vitamin B6. Celery is also a good source of calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus and iron.

Celery also contains approximately 35 milligrams of sodium per stalk, so salt-sensitive individuals can enjoy celery, but should keep track of this amount when monitoring daily sodium intake."

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Celery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, thus decreasing the mutations that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous.

Carrots

Our carrots are sweet, crunchy, and refreshing. Try grating fresh carrots over greens, or mixing grated carrots together with grated apples. Carrots are commonly used to flavor soups, stews, and other cooked dishes. Finally, carrots can be used to provide color, flavor, and nutrients in detox vegetable juices.

Jessica's Stand regularly sells Certified Organic carrots by the pound, in 5 pound bags, and in bags of "baby peeled carrots."

 

Health Benefits

"The areas of antioxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, and anti-cancer benefits are the best-researched areas of health research with respect to dietary intake of carrots...

The many different kinds of carrot antioxidants are most likely to work together and provide us with cardiovascular benefits that we could not obtain from any of these antioxidants alone if they were split apart and consumed individually, in isolation from each other. The synergistic effect of carrot antioxidants is a great example of a whole food and its uniqueness as a source of nourishment...

The anti-cancer benefits of carrot have been best researched in the area of colon cancer... While much more research is needed in this area, the study results to date have been encouraging... In studies of carrot juice intake, small but significant effects on colon cell health have been shown for participants who consumed about 1.5 cups of fresh carrot juice per day."

 Source: whfoods.com


Nutrition Facts

"Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). In addition, they are a very good source of immue-supportive vitamin C; bone-building vitamin K; and heart-healthy dietary fiber and potassium. "

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