The other day I was sent a funny video on YouTube that showed a man that worked at a grocery store being asked a question from a man (with a hidden camera) that made no sense. It was funny watching the grocery store employee try to figure out what the guy was saying (which made no sense at all) and try to tactfully answer the question without letting the guy know he was 'clueless'.
It is funny to see the faces of the grocery store employees when we bring things to the checkout line like turnips, kolrabi, rutabega, kale, or jacama. Some store clerks have it easy if there is a number they can reference that is stuck to the vegetable, but when a label is missing I can see the panick in the clerks eyes as they ask "what is this?" Honestly, there was one particular time when I too couldn't tell the difference between a turnip vs. rutabega or kale vs. chard either.
With the commercialization of food, there is a limited number of produce available at each particular store. I loving trying new things to expand my food vocabulary and taste experience whenever I get the chance to.
Sometimes my adventures with buying new foods turns out fabulous, and at other times I get a stinky surprise. When I was in Australia, I purchased something that looked like a big deformed spiky coconut. If I had taken time to calculate kilos to pounds I probably would NOT have purchased the item if I had known the cost. However, I had a fun experience with my family as we cut it open and backed away at what smelled like a rotten onion/rotten egg looking mixture inside the fruit/vegetable (I had no idea what category it would be grouped into).
When I asked a friend of ours "an Aussie" what it was (several days after the purchase), my friend said "Oh, a DURIAN....they are REALLY, REALLY EXPENSIVE". She went on to say that "DURIONS ARE A DELICACY". I went back home and looked at my receipt... YIKES!!! It WAS really, really expensive. I think it was around $26 USD expensive. How on earth could something that tasted like onion flavored eggs possibly be a delicacy. My wonderful husband, who never likes to waste anything was the one that ate the entire thing by himself. I really wanted to help, but couldn't stomach it. Too bad we didn't look for a recipe BEFORE I made the purchase. That would have helped a LOT! I had watched Shane eating it and thought "What if it's spoiled and it's not really suppose to smell that way...he could get really, sick!" (I gave him maleleuca essential oil in some juice to kill bacteria - just in case!)
Here is some information that I was able to get from searching 'alfalfa' and 'dandelion' on their site...
Arabs called it the “father of herbs.” Alfalfa’s roots grow 20 feet deep or more, providing the plant with a rich source of nutrients not always found at the ground’s surface.
Its name is a corruption of the French dents de lion, meaning “teeth of the lion.” Herbalists consider this plant one of the most nutrient-rich in the plant kingdom. Dandelion supports digestion and nourishes the liver. The whole plant is edible—the flowers, the leaves and the roots. The herb is a source of many important minerals and vitamins.
This past summer, I went to a holistic living conference where I attend a class a woman was teaching about using herbs to cure depression. The woman teaching the class talked about how severe her post-partum depression was every time she had a baby. She watched her other siblings on medication for depression lose their fun personalities. She didn't want to live her life in what she described as a "walking coma" on anti-depression medicine. She changed her diet to whole foods and she learned to medicate herself using herbs to combat the depression. She learned that making her own 'concoctions' of alfalfa and dandelion leaves and taking them a couple times a day, she was able to reverse her severe depression. A concoction is made by soaking the dry herb in a solution to get all of the benefits of the herb in a higher concentrated amount. The key here though is....herb in it's WHOLE food state. She preferred the concoction instead of taking the herb as a tea or as a pill.
FYI: Essential oils are so powerful at combating depression because one drop of the essential oil is the equivalent to drinking 24 cups of the tea. Good oils for depression are Frankincense, Bergamot, Melissa Oil.
My grandmother enjoys telling stories about her mother (my great grandmother) just like I enjoy telling stores about my father. Nana's Mom was absolutely hilarious. The stories I hear about her, that my grandmother tells over and over, are so much fun to listen to. Sadly, great grandma suffered from severe depression just like my father did. Late in her life she decided to undergo surgery to remove a part of her brain that the Doctor said would heal her depression. She was never the same again. She lost that fun part of her personality and became somewhat of a walking zombie. It reminds me of what people are like when they take anti-depressant medication. It was heartbreaking for my Grandma to see her Mom live the rest of her life like that.
My prayer is that you or your loved one will not have to suffer like my ancestors did, or like I do when I eat gluten. I pray that those suffering from depression will be lead to my blog so that they can change the foods they eat, and use herbs and essential oils to return to a life full of happiness and vitality.
Lots of love to you and your family,