It is June!! Things are growing and looking so green. This means we are officially mowing twice a week. I love seeing things grow, it is like having a pet but better because I don't have to clean up after them.
I have also noticed that my watering and great rains in SE Iowa have our small garden showing great growth. With our small garden of veggies, I am now playing "Guess what you planted." Do you ever have that? Wishing I would have labeled better since they are not producing visible signs of what vegetable they are. So let's see if you can help me guess what these plants are (Hint: they will all make a food we will eat or cook with.)
What is this? (Picture A)
Guess this one? (Picture B)
Do you know? (Picture C)
What is this? (Picture D)
this one? (Picture E)
Do You Know? (Picture F)
Answers, I think :)
A: Kohlrabi, a great cruciferous vegetable check out this Kohlrabi Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
C: Cucumber, Wow! need a say more. Pickled or fresh added to lettuce or pasta salads.
D: Cinnamon Basil, I love the purple color and it loves the sun. It is great to boost flavor combined with my cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a quick side dish for the grilling season.
E: Tomato, I can’t remember what type. These are a great source of potassium which is key in the DASH diet for improved blood pressure.
F: Lemongrass is a fun flavoring in dishes but it is also used as a bug repellent so we place it around the patio.
So wherever this June finds you take time to look around and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables that are growing all around you!
To Your Health, M. Elise Klopfenstein MPH RD LD CDE
Elise is the mother of three growing young boys in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She is proud to be an Iowa Native, “Iowa Nice”, while completing all of her undergrad education out of the state. She is the wife of a teacher and Iowa farmer with Klopfenstein Farms.