|February 14, 2005|
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I was reading the paper yesterday morning and ran across an article on Low Carb gardening. For some of us planting time is still a little bit in the future but, it never hurts to prepare in advance. Here are some of the plants that we recommended.
Lettuce: All varieties are low-carb, and need to be planted early.
Spinach: Not only low-carb, but unbeatably nutritious, and it’s good both raw and cooked. It can go in at the same time as your lettuce does. So, for that matter, can low-carb leafy vegetables endive, arugula, kale and collards.
Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower: All low-carb, and should be planted early.
Peas: A cool-weather crop, but are high-carb as vegetables go, with a usable-carb count of 13.6 grams. If that’s something you can fit into your program, peas are better when garden fresh.
Snow peas: These are much lower in carbohydrates than green peas. One cup of chopped snow pea pods has a usable carb count of just 4.9 grams
Fennel: Have you tasted its enchanting licorice-like flavor? Fennel is wonderful braised or in slow-cooker dishes, and makes an interesting salad vegetable. One bulb of fennel – at least enough for two people – has a usable-carb count of 10 grams.
Many other low-carb vegetables will need to be planted after the last fear-of-frost date in your region. Starting them indoors well in advance is a great idea.
Tomatoes: To my mind, tomatoes are the best argument for home gardening. One medium tomato has a usable-carb count of 3.3 grams. They’re also full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant being researched for its anti-cancer properties.
Cucumbers:One cup of cucumber slices has a usable carb count of 3.3 grams.
Peppers: All of them are low-carb. I grow banana peppers and jalapenos – sweet peppers are easy and cheap to buy in the summer. A medium banana pepper has a usable carb count of just 0.9 grams. Your average jalapeno has just 0.4 grams of usable carbohydrate – a real deal, considering how much flavor a jalapeno can bring to a dish.
Zucchini and summer squashes: Small zucchinis, perfect for grilling, have 2 grams usable carb. Only plant one zucchini plant, or you will be sorry with the overwhelming abundance
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