Nutritional powerhouses found at the Hopkinton Farmers Market

A beautiful afternoon at the market…
On the right, Purslane may be a common plant, but it is uncommonly good for you. It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It’s also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene (seven times more beta carotene than carrots), vitamin E (six times more than spinach), magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus. Delicious in a pesto or raw topped on salads.
On the left is Lemon Balm, part of the mint family. It really smells lemony. I used it in a delicious tea mixed with my gorgeous chamomile flowers just before bedtime last night. The lemon balm when made into an extract (next on my list) helps treat the thyroid. Lemon balm is also known to be beneficial for anxiety, depression, stress, flatulence, indigestion and insomnia.
Lemon balm leaves contain phenolic compounds (dietary phytochemicals that may work as antioxidants in your body) and flavonoids (plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties).
Here is a link for ideas how to use lemon balm http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/12-things-to-do-with-lemon-balm/
Both of these I sourced from the Hopkinton Farmers Market yesterday at Long Life Farms. I consider these little jewels of nutrition, thank you Laura Davis for cultivating such nutritional powerhouses!
  

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