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A great ally for spring!
Belonging to the Liliaceae family, the asparagus is a perennial vegetable species whose edible parts are the shoots of a particularly delicate taste, which develop from the underground rhizomes.
Their consumption is indicated both for adults and children, thanks to the important amount of vitamins and minerals they have. Asparagus contains vitamins A, B and C, including folic acid (B9), which is essential during pregnancy.
A portion of 100g asparagus provides the same amount of vitamin C as a small orange. Among the mineral salts we cannot fail to mention calcium, phosphorus and potassium.
Asparagus is optimal for detoxifying the body and preparing it for the summer. It is rich in tryptophan, which serves to synthesize the neurotransmitter of happiness.
Asparagus is very versatile in the kitchen. It tastes good also raw and added to the salad, but also simply grilled or steamed. It is perfect for risottos or tasty quiches.
A natural pharmacy!
Broccoli is the edible flower of an herbaceous plant that belongs to the family of the Crucifers. The name derives from the Latin brachiolium, which is the diminutive of brachium, namely arm or branch, that remembers the shape of broccoli.
It contains high amounts of vitamin C and beta carotene, which make it a food with anti-cancer characteristics. From a saline point of view, broccoli provides excellent amounts of magnesium, phosphorus and iron. It is also an important source of dietary fiber and contains very few calories (27 per 100 gr.). This is why it is recommended in low-calories diets.
It has depurative, refreshing and diuretic properties and is indicated in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders and respiratory tract inflammations.
It can be enjoyed with other vegetables or with meat, but also steamed or baked au gratin. The vegetable meatballs are very tasty, especially for the little ones, and they are made by reducing the broccoli in puree together with potatoes and then cooked in the oven for a few minutes.
A star in your dishes!
Cauliflower is a vegetable rich in nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and dietary fiber. It also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and remineralizing active.
Eating cauliflower not only improves health but also beauty. It is a natural anti-aging because it protects the skin from the action of free radicals and stimulates cell regeneration.
Cauliflower is very suitable for pregnant women because it is a good source of folic acid (B9), which is a nutrient necessary for the proper development of the fetus.
Thanks to its low calorie content and nutritional richness, cauliflower is a great ally for those who want to lose weight. The fiber of this vegetable prolongs the feeling of satiety and therefore helps to control hunger.
It can also be eaten raw in its natural crunchiness, using it in salads, or marinated.
Celery is an herbaceous plant native to Europe. For centuries it has been used as a medical plant, while today it is cultivated and consumed all over the world. The parts used are the younger leaves.
It is a vegetable rich in water, mineral salts, essential amino acids and vitamins (C, B6 and K).
Celery is one of the most appreciated foods also in detoxification diets, thanks to its lightness and few calories (only 16 per 100 grams of product), which make it a beneficial and light food.
Raw celery contains a large amount of fibers that controls hunger, performs a diuretic and purifying action, promotes digestion and is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory.
The fruit of health!
The Pomegranate plant belongs to the Punicaceae family, cultivated throughout the Mediterranean.
It is harvested in autumn and is a fruit rich in nutrients: minerals, in particular potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper. It provides the body with a good share of vitamins, in particular A, B, C, E, K. and is a concentrate of antioxidants and fibers.
Pomegranate is perfect for a diet that aims to burn fat. Furthermore, this fruit improves blood circulation and metabolism and lowers the cholesterol level.
The pomegranate is consumed when it is fresh, as a fruit or juice, but its grains can also be used to garnish salads, risottos or desserts. Pomegranate juice can be used to flavor sorbets, yogurt, desserts and cocktails.
The taste of pomegranate goes well with that of ginger, fish and white meat, but the sweet and sour taste of this fruit is easily combined with pumpkin, persimmon and broccoli.
It amazes for the perfection of its pyramidal shape. But besides is beauty, it has antioxidant powers and is generally recommended to fight gastritis and ulcers.
It is composed of 92% water and contains a small amount of fibers and proteins. The concentration of mineral salts is also good, including, in particular, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Among the vitamins contained, we find above all the vitamin C, together with the A and those of the group B.
This vegetable has therapeutic uses such as vermifuge food. The culinary use of Roman broccoli is almost exclusively cooked: boiled, eaten as a side dish, or as an ingredient for soups.
There are about ten thousand varieties of this fruit originating in South America and known in Europe since the 1500s. Originally, the tomato was yellow and sour, and it was cultivated only for ornamental purposes and consumed only cooked.
Today the tomato is one of the most cultivated vegetables in the world. In the region of southern Italy, which have the ideal conditions for the production of sweet tomatoes, it has become a protagonist of the culinary tradition.
The tomato is rich in water (94%), mineral salts (potassium in particular, but also magnese, phosphorus, copper, calcium, and iron), vitamin E, group B vitamins, folate, K and C together with fibers.
Moreover, the red color of the fruit is due to a powerful antioxidant, lycopene, which is found in the peel.
It has very few calories, 100 grams of tomatoes contain less than 20 calories, and is therefore an excellent food in slimming diets, especially if eaten raw.
Tomato is the winning solution for a thousand recipes!