Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wonderful Food From the Garden

I'm sure I've read of at least one analysis done on the decline in nutritional value of vegetables as the time between garden and table increases. Fresh vegetables retained significantly more vitamins than vegetables that had sat around for a while after being harvested.

Unfortunately, I can't cite that study, but I can tell you for sure from first-hand experience that vegetables taste a lot better fresh from the garden. The salad in the photo is made of Forellenschluss lettuce, Red Salad Bowl lettuce (seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange), Gala mache, Runway arugula (seeds from Renee's Seeds), and garlic leaves (Early Italian Purple from Irish Eyes). All the ingredients were harvested around 5 minutes before they were washed and on the table.

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