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Keryn, that's quite interesting & I have not read that anywhere before. I have lymphedema and constantly looking for info on anything helpful to live with it. I am a coffee addict (no wish to be) & I juice several times a week with ginger and garlic. No wonder. . .
The modern world delights in everything being difficult and hard to understand. The function of food on the body is no different to everything else, its hard to under stand in modern terms.
I am sharing some information I have on Tibetan Teachings.
There are 5 main food tastes and the majority of unprocessed food fits into one.
Bitter taste, eg coffee, chocolate, bitter greens and some nuts. The function is draining and drying of fluid in the body, stops the body from becoming too wet and over emotional.
Pungent Food, eg onions ,garlic. move fluids around the body, (blood, urine) but not out of the body.
Sweet Food, is calming, harmonizing and works via the spleen center.
Sour Food, milk would be considered to be sour. The function is is to hold onto and direct all body functions to the right course of action.
Salty Foods, are for, purification and detoxification through the organs, softening them as it goes. The cleaning action is determined and strong.
Bland Food, eg zucchini, egg plant . The function is to release fluid via the bladder and correct over dampness.
The most important source of energy is not food, but sunshine and fresh air.
After I first read this, I now, always think. What is that taste? What is its function?
My understanding is that we need all of them , for our bodies to work properly.
I have looked up and have some info on sub to tropical veggies . I found a ref for Asparagus which says the ideal temp is 16c to 28c.
You get down to -10f , even on the west coast. I need to do a lot more research on subtropical vegetables from Asian countries, they would grow all year here under shade clothe. Chinese cabbage and pak choi are just a couple.
We get up in the 100s here and down to 9-10 degrees lately but could get to -10. I grow it in a pot and it just keeps coming back every year.
Thanks for that Vicky,its a very good looking informative chart.
Still not sure about sorrel it says zone 4 to 9, it would have to be the shade for me. Maybe that's why I don,t know of it. It says its a cool climate herb. I believe strongly in eating food thats grows in your climate and not in other climates. For me I should be planting more Asian type crops and eating an Asian type diet. Not an English diet because we are not in England any more.
Here is the rest of the link it is a crop by crop growing guide.
Keryn here is a link about Sorrel.
The boys that are coming to help me eat it right off the plant. They are whole/raw food eaters. I'm hoping to learn from them too. But I like warm cooked foods so it will be hard for me to go raw all the way for awhile.
Keryn I grow sorrel but I don't eat it since I don't like things that make me pucker. It goes in salads and anything else you like that tastes like biting into a lemon. Treat it like any other green. Put sorrel recipes into your search engine.
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