If you think of herbs as the foods that they are, they are full of great flavor and add culinary significance to any dish. We are in a season where the creative flavor combinations of whole foods with herbs and spices has started a new wave of culinary chefs and a whole new way of eating that I call the "New Millennial Fare".
Now add to that the fact that herbs are full of readily available vitamins, minerals and amino acids and you have a perfect storm against disease! As we understand the many plant metabolites that are available in specific herbs, we are able to augment diets that are deficient in important dietary amenities, like B vitamins for instance, just by adding a pinch of this and a handful of than to our daily meals. Because herbs are plants, they are readily added to our favorite dishes and they are easily recognized by our bodies as food for digestion along with everything else to contribute to our overall energy intake. It's no wonder that good food is good medicine. If we are able to learn and amend our cooking with the powerful ingredients of plant foods, we can maintain our health. So the job of "Mom" becomes exceedingly important to the family and it's wellbeing long into the growing up years. All we need is a place for "Mom" to learn the craft of great cooking.
Here at Herbal Leaves Center we are focused on helping you do just that. As a center for learning, we are blessed to have herbalists, chefs and other knowledgeable folks collaborating to spread the knowledge of good food and great eating. This summer we will be offering a Family Herbal Series that will touch on a lot of this. We will also be offering individual presentations of a number of ways to transition from traditional eating and cooking habits to a more healthy and conscious way of bringing nutrition to your home. Watch the "Events" page for more presentations. Patty Myers will be leading a tour of the healthy sugar substitutes isle at City Market this Friday.
If you are interested in learning more, getting together and sharing recipes and experiences, and developing excellence in eating at your house, let us know. Send us a note, or comment here as to what areas of expertise you would like to participate in. As we are putting together our summer evenings schedule, we can incorporate many of these ideas into our classroom settings. Look forward to hearing from you.