Growing a rainbow

There’s been a lot in the media recently about eating a rainbow and it’s got me hooked.

The idea of eating a pretty plate while at the same time obtaining a good balance of nutrients really appeals to me and this is why;

Not only do the different crops look attractive and lets face it, many of us eat with our eyes, the different colours represent the thousands of different chemicals that studies show reduce the risk of chronic diseases. The more colourful the plate, the greater the health benefits.

A nudge in the right direction

Learning to eat more of the rainbow has been an adventure and really interesting, especially if like me you also want to eat seasonally! I’ve found that green is easy to include all year round but yellow, a little harder!

To give me inspiration I have a short list of ‘go-to’s’. People who I find easy to understand, practical, knowledgable and seem to really care about my wellbeing!  Amelia Freer, James Wong, Jamie Oliver, Plenish and The Happy Kitchen.  Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of the dishes I cook with you in the coming months!

If by now you are feeling a little intrigued or inspired to grow your own rainbow, I’ve put together a tried and tested list of the colourful fruit and vegetables I’m growing. Go on, have a go! I’d love to know how you get on!

Red

Tomatoes, beetroot, strawberries, framberries, potatoes, red peppers, raspberries, onions, radishes, rhubarb, chillies

Yellow

Corn, squash, yellow courgettes

Orange

Carrots, squash, pumpkin, winter squash,

Green

Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, peppers, gooseberries, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cucumber, green beans, lettuce, spinach, courgette, apples, coriander, basil

White, brown & beige

Leeksgarlic, onions, butter beans, Spring onion, broccoli

 

Blue, indigo & violet

Purple broccoli, carrots, beans, aubergine, blueberries

 

 

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