One of the great joys of growing your own vegetables and fruits is that you have complete control over exactly what you grow, and how you grow it. And because you can harvest and eat them when they’re perfectly ripe and fresh, none of those all-important nutrients are lost. If your priority is produce packed with nutrients, you can really up the ante.
Read on or watch our video to for our countdown of ten of the most nutrient-dense crops that are sure to give you the glow of good health!
Good for the heart, great for weight loss and a boon for healthy eyes, teeth and bones, zucchini is first up on our list. It’s a great source of vitamins C and A, which help to boost the immune system and guard vision.
Zucchini is very easy to grow and, when picked regularly, will give plenty of versatile fruits throughout summer. Cut them young, just 4in (10cm) long is ideal. Or let them grow a little larger for spiralising as a lower-calorie alternative to pasta.
Beans, beans, good for your heart – and they really are! Beans are naturally high in protein and a great source of soluble fiber, which helps to reduce cholesterol. Darker beans have high levels of disease-fighting antioxidants. Add in other heart-healthy compounds such as flavonoids and it’s clear beans should be part of every vegetable garden.
Summer’s a great time to start off quick-growing dwarf beans, which are ready to pick in just six to eight weeks.