April 2022 Newsletter

CURRENT IRISH VEG AVAILABLE:

Beetroot, Cabbage (Red/White/Savoy), Carrots, Chard, Kale (Curly, Heritage), Leeks, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Potatoes, Salad Leaf, Spinach, Swede

WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH:

  • Prepare soil for Spring Planting
  • Potting Tomatoes
  • Planting Onions, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard
  • Continue Seedlings

VEGETABLE OF THE MONTH: LEEKS

Ready to Eat: August – May

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Protects your heart’s health and helps lower blood pressure
  • Strengthens your immune system (Vitamin A, Vitamin E)
  • Vital for Health of our Nervous System (Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Manganese)
  • Improves vision, reduce tiredness (Carotene, Lutein)
  • Reduce risk of cataracts (Zeaxanthin, Lutein)
  • Improves digestion (high in fibre)
  • Strengthens your bones (Vitamin K, Calcium)

FUN FACT:  Leeks and their link to hair and skin health

Looking for less invasive hair treatment on a budget? While it would require a regular consumption of this vegetable, leeks are high in manganese, sulfur, and iron, which can promote hair growth.  Or perhaps you are a looking for a natural face mask that can reduce inflammation and scarring from acne.  Juice the green leek leaves, apply to your affected area, and your skin will absorb the magnesium, iron and antioxidants and combat acne in a natural way.

QUICK TIP: How to properly trim and clean leeks

  1. Trim roots and tough green leaves at top, remove outer layer if feels tough
  2. Halve leek lengthways
  3. Rinse under running water to remove any soil or grit
  4. Chop into rings and they are ready for cooking!

 

RECIPE OF THE MONTH:  Leek and Potato Soup

  • (2) Tbsp of Olive Oil or Butter
  • (1) Onion, chopped
  • (4) Leeks, chopped
  • (2) Garlic Cloves
  • (4) Potatoes
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in pot over medium-high heat.  Toss in chopped onion and leeks into the pot and cook until soft (approx. 5-7min).  Toss in garlic and cook until fragrant (approx. 30sec).  Add potatoes and enough vegetable stock to cover the vegetables.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are soft and can be mashed with fork.  Blend, add salt and pepper to taste, and for a creamier flavour you can add milk, cream, or any other dairy alternative.

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