Our garden is really starting to pop! This morning I harvested some squash and lemon cucumbers. Turns out, that giving your coworkers bites of freshly picked produce, from a garden just outside their office window, is a very effective way to entice people to come join you for lunch and cook the rest of your bounty.
Consuming all 6 flavor profiles throughout the day, assures happy taste buds, but also assures we have adequately nourished ourselves. The bitter flavor profile can be a difficult one for some people. Bitter foods are synonymous with medicine, as in “the bitter pill to swallow.” Bitter foods are in fact medicinal foods, some of the most powerful healing foods are bitter, so let’s learn to love them!
The bitter taste stimulates the appetite and helps bring out the other flavors in food. Bitter tasting foods are also powerful detoxifiers, and have antibiotic, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic qualities. They also helpful reducing weight, water retention, skin rashes, and nausea.
If you still don’t like bitter foods, or your kids don’t like them – hide them. They are easy to sneak into smoothie, soups, stews and baked goods. Their health benefits are too great to ignore entirely, even if it is a bitter taste to swallow.
Examples of bitter taste in Menu 10: radish, celery, parsley, turmeric (in the bone broth) and greens from the garden