5 Tasty Iron-Packed Plants You Can Grow Indoors
Iron is an essential mineral that’s important for several bodily functions. One of the major reasons we need iron is because it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body. It’s important to keep an eye on your iron levels, no matter your diet. Plant foods are a great way to supplement some of your iron intake. Here are 5 plants you can grow in your smart garden that are naturally high in iron and other essential nutrients:
1. Dwarf Pea
In addition to being high in iron, dwarf pea contains protein and insoluble fiber. It’s also a natural source of vitamins A, B6, C, K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc and lutein. Peas have a satisfying, earthy flavour and can be enjoyed as a fresh addition to gourmet or home-cooked meals. They go perfectly with salads, soups and curries.
2. Red Kale
A rich source of iron as well as vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein, carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Furthermore, kale is packed with antioxidants. Red kale is the sweetest kale variety. Its raw sprouts are delicious in salads, whereas mature leaves can be sautéed or braised. Its meaty texture complements rich flavours and can be paired with favourites such as chili peppers, thyme and tomatoes.
3. Green Sorrel
In addition to iron, green sorrel contains magnesium, calcium, fiber, protein, vitamins A, B-6, C, and potassium. Green sorrel’s leaves can be puréed in soups and sauces and are perfect for salads. Sorrel can also be served with fish. Its versatility makes it a very popular herb to cook with, adding a zesty layer of flavour to meals.
Naturally rich in iron as well as vitamin K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, dietary fiber and zinc. In addition to regular basil, our catalog also includes cinnamon basil, dwarf basil, holy basil, and Thai basil. It’s by far one of the most versatile herbs around and its flavour can be described as slightly peppery with a subtle hint of anise. Perfect for pizzas, pastas, salads, soups or cocktails. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even use basil as an ice cream topping!
5. Plain Parsley
In addition to iron, parsley contains vitamins C, B, 12, K, A, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Our catalog also includes curly parsley which has ruffled leaves and is commonly used to decorate dishes. Parsley’s mild, slightly bitter flavour adds balance to savory meals. It’s very popular in a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, tomato sauces and sautés.
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