Alliums and Their Benefits

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Food Trip | 0 comments

Alliums and Their Benefits

Everyone knows vegetables are good for us. Specialists recommend at least five servings a day, preferably more. But what if we get tired of the stock standard vegetables, of carrots, broccoli, and lettuce? Luckily, there are a couple of different types of vegetables that we can experiment with, and they are all good for our bodies.

What Are Alliums

Alliums are a kind of genus used in just about every kind of cuisine. They don’t usually form the basis of a dish but are often used as a topping or flavor enhancer.garlic onions

Alliums include garlic, leeks, shallots, and onions. These, as we all know, are rich in flavor and in the smell. This is because of an array of sulfur compounds present in their makeup. But why are they good for us?

The Health Benefits of Alliums

The sulfur compounds in Alliums not only give them their taste and smell but come with an array of health benefits. These include cardiovascular protection, lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as anti-clotting compounds.

Also present in Alliums are things called polyphenols, which can assist in anti-inflammation.

These, along with a variety of other benefits, are a good reason to start eating Alliums regularly. There are a number of ways to do so to maximize their health benefits.

The Best Way to Eat Alliums

When chopping onions, leeks, or garlic, it is best to let them rest for a while before adding them to your dish or cooking them. This is because when Alliums’ cells are cut open, enzymes are released. Allowing them some time to react with the sulfur molecules assists in bringing out their benefits.

Chilling onions and other Alliums can also assist in bringing out their benefits and reducing particles they may have picked up.

Eating allium type vegetables often will boost your daily vegetable intake as well as boost your overall health. Seeing as they are so readily includable in a variety of different dishes, it is easy to add them to dinners and lunches for an extra kick of taste and nutrients.

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How to Plant Allium

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Plant Allium

Allium are bulbous plants with purple blossoms and belong to the same family as onions and garlic. These blossoms can be as big as soccer balls and are held up by long, thin stalks that can reach up to three and a half feet.

How to Plant Allium

Allium bulbs are normally planted to spawn new allium plants. They can either be planted in open fields or in containers such as pots and barrels.

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  • Allium bulbs should be planted deep in the soil, about 3″ deep and spaced 6″ to 8″ apart.
  • They should be planted in well drained soils. The bulbs rot in soggy soils and if the available land is filled with water, it should be raised by adding organic matter before planting allium bulbs.
  • They should also be planted in sun exposed areas because they require a lot of light to grow. They can also grow in light shade but they won’t grow as strong as in full sunny conditions.
  • After planting, they should be watered adequately to ensure they are held firmly by the soil. This watering also starts the rooting process by providing a necessary ingredient for growth.

Containers (Pots and Barrels)

  • These containers should have sufficient drainage holes at the bottom to prevent water logging in the packed container soil.
  • The containers should be filled with fertile, well drained soil.
  • The allium bulbs should be planted up to 3″ deep and spaced 5″ to 6″ apart.
  • The containers should be placed in sun exposed areas for superior growth.
  • The allium bulbs should be watered to kick start the growth process and watered regularly for healthy growth.

Blooming Period

When the allium plants have matured and bloomed, allium blossoms can be cut off and used for beautification purposes. However, the leaves should be left attached to provide more food to the plant through photosynthesis therefore enabling the formation of more blossoms.

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