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This Month in Jennifer’s Garden

 

And just like that it’s October! Pumpkins often hog the limelight in October, but don’t forget less showy seasonal fare. Produce is usually of better quality and taste when in season, and there’s plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables our founder, Jennifer Irvine, can find to harvest in her garden this month.

Jennifer says: ‘What’s wonderful this month is that we’re still harvesting the last of the late summer raspberries and green beans as well as plenty of seasonal produce becoming ready to eat.’ This week, we’re choosing some of our favourite produce from Jennifer’s garden and exploring the health benefits.

Beetroot

Roast it whole, blend it into a soup or drink it as juice – beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals, and packed with powerful antioxidants. Beetroot is naturally rich in compounds called nitrates, making them heart-friendly. Nitrates help to improve blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels, reducing arterial stiffness and promoting dilation which potentially lowers blood pressure. Beetroots are one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid essential to the health and maintenance of our gut. They’re also rich in fibre, which as well as supporting bowel function helps support the environment of the gut and the beneficial bacteria that reside there.

Swiss Rainbow Chard

Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C and magnesium. Swiss chard also contains the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. The antioxidant content helps the body fight inflammation, boosts the immune system, and repairs cell damage. This, in turn, helps prevent or slow the progression of some diseases and infections.

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is rich in important vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants. This low-calorie, fibre-rich winter squash may help you lose weight and protect against conditions like cancer, heart disease, and mental decline. Plus, it’s versatile and easily added to both sweet and savoury dishes. A one cup serving of butternut squash contains almost 500 mg of potassium, which can help decrease your blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium in your diet. Butternut squash is also loaded with vitamin A—one cup of squash has over 350 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), which is important for healthy eyesight. Butternut squash also contains nearly half of your daily dose of vitamin C, which contributes to both immunity and healthier skin.

At The Pure Package, we know how important a healthy, seasonal, and nutritious diet is for maintaining optimum health during the winter months. Look out for more seasonal fruit and vegetables in your package this month like our delicious cinnamon spiced plums or our roasted Butternut and Chickpea Salad.