Keeping the color green off my person, however, doesn't mean I can't ingest it. Food items of this color (not crayons or paint or foods that have lived so long in a refrigerator as to not be recognizable), as in the form of vegetables is perfectly fine.
It was while cutting up Brussels sprouts for dinner a few nights ago that I got to thinking about my mom's stay-away-from-green warning. My mind wandered from green clothing to vegetables (a Latin word that means "to grow from"). Strange perhaps but a natural segue for me. And then I fast forwarded to memories of a patio garden my two grade-school age children and I had decades ago. They both got to choose a packet of seeds they wanted to plant. Based on the pictures of what the mature veggies would look like we ended up with English peas and Brussels sprouts. In typing that last sentence I realized that my children opted for greens that originated in a country other than ours. No reading into it, just an observation.
And here's one showing the stalks cut, each "sprout" ready for the picking. The year before we started this patio garden we'd seen an orchestra perform a Christmas concert in a shopping mall. My son was fascinated with all that was going on in the back row; the tympani, chimes, bells and whistles - literally. When the Brussels sprouts were about halfway grown he said they looked like the "jingle bells" that they used in that concert. He was right, they do resemble what's called a jingle stick
Until they're cut off the vines.
A nearby independent grocer buys produce from local farmers and I'm so grateful that they do. There's no comparison to the frozen Brussels sprouts or spinach or canned asparagus that I recall eating as a child. Because of this grocery store, B sprouts have topped my list of favorite veggies.
Spinach and asparagus is pretty great too. Short growing season around here, but worth the wait. And for nutritional value? Can't go wrong with any of the three green vegetables I'm highlighting today. Low in calories, carbs, sugars, chockful of vitamins that are vital for good health. If you want to get a good dose of Vitamin C and K, B sprouts are excellent alternatives to swallowing a vitamin tablet.
So here's to the first post of 2017, a healthful start to a New Year!
Any garden fanatics out there who have a favorite vegetable they like to grow? For you non-growers, any favorites you like to eat?