this peach was so fresh it came with a free caterpillar…
hi-today’s green smoothie is one of my favourites. A few weeks ago at the local farmer’s market I was wandering around as usual looking for some new greens and I found sweet potato leaves-with long hard stems. The growers who come from Cowra, NSW are Vietnamese and they use the stems and leaves in stir fries.
SO back home to Google and I found that the leaves are edible without being cooked and just like spinach have all the fibre, lipid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, aluminum, boron, vitamin A and C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and are high in protein. Just another general all round good green you are thinking-but wait-there’s more!
They also have the highest content of something called polyphenolics which protect against oxidative stress that can cause cancer as well as cardiovascular disease.
Today I packed the blender with the sweet potato leaves, spinach,a cucumber and 2 cups water-made about 4 cups of thick blend- I added ginger, pitted medjool dates, peaches and juice and piece of a skin of a lemon. The combo of medjool dates and fresh ripe peach is sensational. You can add more or less peach/date to get the right balance for you.
Moroccan Medjool dates are my absolute favourite date-really high in potassium. They are grown almost everywhere now-the Middle East, USA and Australia. There are many types of different dates but once you taste these you won’t be buying the dried up hard lumps they sell in the dried fruit section of the supermarket again. You can sometimes find them in Middle Eastern shops where you can buy them by the weight or in a prepackaged box and also in fruit and veg shops.