There are a lot of wonderful vegetables —
— that grow in tropical environments —
— that you don’t exactly expect to find there.
When good seeds are added to the blessings of natural environmental compatibility, one eventually learns that there are many types of food and nutrition that are not available in an area — which could be made available — if the people knew what they were, and how to produce them.
Hence, the term ‘introduced’.
During a trip, far, far away from our usual dust —
I saw celery for sale in a grocery store.
Confused — it occurred to me —
If this food is here — someone grew it — here. The celery had to be produced nearby. Surely no one flew it in, for refrigeration is a challenge in the developing world, and water-intensive veggies don’t fair well without it.
That led me to the question, “Why don’t I see celery growing the village?”
During the rainy season, the conditions would have to be near perfect for this anti-cancer, immunity-boosting — anemia-annihilating vegetable — that needed to be grown —
— near the children —
Celery has natural properties which fights both the herpes virus, and influenza.
Not only that, celery seed is often sold — as a spice — in many world markets. That said, in traditional Chinese medicine, or Ayurveda, celery, celery seed, and celery seed essential oils are used as treatments for both gastric ulcers, and influenza – as a massage oil, and aromatherapy, as well as ingested in soups, teas, and other meals. If you are feeling under the weather, give this Skinny Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe (celery included) a try from Gimme Some Oven. The children make a similar meal, even in the village.
We decided to attempt growing celery during the rainy season.
Nearly a year after the first initial planting experiment, one of our kind staff members chewed on a stick of celery, claiming the wonderful merits of this good and flavorful food that the people crave.
As soon as people in the village became familiar with the plant, which they could recognize by the leaves, they began to integrate it with their supper. “Oh!” Exclaimed on special widow, touching the leaves lovingly, “I just really like the flavor of the leaves, and the smell of it, when it’s cooking.”
We’ve found that the people crave the foods their bodies need to reverse their malnutrition.
If they crave it, they need it. If they crave it, and can identify and produce it, then they can heal their bodies with it.
Inspired by the Pinterest ads for ‘Foods that Re-Grow‘ we picked up some whole celery on our next trip to the capital city.
They really regrow. The children and staff huddled around our little experiment one afternoon, looking at the new chutes growing out of the old bulb. We knew how to do this much now. The same celery stalk could feed us again and again if we were careful with it. It was a good feeling to see the new little shoots coming out of the plant without any further effort.
“I did not know that it could be that easy.” Stated one man, shaking his head, who looks out for many children in the village.
If you know of anyone working on projects in tropical areas — encourage them to pick up some celery seed for the rainy season. It helps.
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