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BAMBOO SHOOT: (Phyllostachys edulis) (Phyllostachys bambusoides) (Dendrocalamus latiflorus) (Bambusa oldhamii)
COMMON NAMES: Winter shoots, Mao shoots, zhú sǔn jiān (竹笋尖), sǔn jiān (笋尖)
PART USED: Entire bamboo shoot
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: A good source of potassium, nutrients and protein. Treating respiratory disease, cleaning wounds and maggot-infested sores. Stimulant, aromatic, tonic, and useful of counteracting spasmodic disorder and bleeding. Some species contain cyanide that must be leached or boiled out before they can be eaten safely.
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The Tafari proudly announces the re-release of selected pieces from the first Eco Cut&Sew Collection, “The Temperate Rain Forest”. We have had a high demand from our new overseas followers to re-release some of the products from that line.
This re-issue of the line offers our fans a chance to purchase the previously released very exclusive Eco Cut&Sew collection. Back in 2012, we did not expect that our impact on the Green industry would be so quick. Our first collection received very positive reviews within the market, but languished in relative obscurity due to the complexity within the products. First, all of the manufacturing is done in the ‘Fashion District’ located in Midtown-Manhattan, NY. For a New York based Eco company that was a very important aspect. Our Carbon footprint is one of the lowest in the industry. All of the labor and workers we contract are working in a health safe and fair trade environments. All of the textile is sustainably sourced from Reclaimed, Recycled and Organic fabrics. All of our Ideas, inspirations and thoughts are fueled by a plant based nutrition so the utmost divine potential can be put into all of our products. A New Piece of “Green Americana” is coined. Sophisticatedly, this release marks the very first time the world has witnessed what The Tafari can offer to the Human Community.
The days are getting longer or rather, the amount of daylight we get is getting longer and the temperatures are rising – depending on your geographical location. That means spring is right around the corner !!
Enter spring vegetables, in all their glory.
Bringing to the table a high content of fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other essential minerals, there isn’t much artichokes can’t do. Specifically, they have been associated with promoting liver health, particularly among folks who drink alcohol heavily or otherwise have compromised liver function, as well as staving off arteriosclerosis, gout, and migraine headaches. In addition, artichokes are thought to improve gall secretions, lower blood sugar, and improve digestion.
Although asparagus’s peak season is considered to run from April to May, in warmer climes, the green spears can appear as early as February. In addition to being easy to prepare – steamed, stir fry, oven roasted… the choice is yours! – asparagus packs a whopping 114% of recommended daily allowance (RDA) per 1 cup serving of vitamin K, which is important for bone health, and nearly 66% RDA of folate, which helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
Due to the wonders of transport, we can now enjoy avocados virtually year round, even though they’re typically considered a spring fruit on the West Coast and a fall fruit in Florida. Often times when we discuss avocados, we get caught up in discussing its “good fats.” Specifically, we’re referring here to its oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that is thought to increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). However, avocado is also considered an excellent source of folate, as well as health-promoting carotenoids – whose absorption is aided by the oleic acid – including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein. In addition, Cancer Biology suggested that the phytonutrients in Haas avocados may stave off oral cancer by increasing the amount of free radicals within pre-cancerous and cancerous human oral cell lines, leading to their death but causing no harm to surrounding normal cells.
Looks can be deceiving when it comes to celeriac, which despite its gnarled appearance, is actually one attractive addition to your nutrition! Stock up on this vegetable in the spring months for its high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium and manganese, which are important for blood health. In addition to these nutrients, celeriac is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is important for digestive health and can help you feel satiated for longer.
Unless you live in a relatively mild climate, fennel is one vegetable that is only offered in the spring. Revered for its unique licorice-like flavoring, fennel contains a unique blend of phytonutrients – including the flavonoids rutin, quercitin, and various kaempferol glycosides – that make it a powerful antioxidant. Specifically, these compounds are thought to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer, and when combined with fiber, as is the case in fennel, can help eliminate potentially carcinogenic toxins from the colon to prevent colon cancer.
Not only good for adding a touch of whimsy to floral arrangements, fiddlehead ferns or fiddlehead greens as they are sometimes called – actually taste quite similar to asparagus and offer many of the same health benefits. Specifically, the ferns are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is important for eye health, and a good source of vitamin C, making them a popular choice for warding off scurvy! In addition, the ferns provide some fiber and are also rich in iron, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium and phosphorous.
Great for infusing a little flavor into your salad or as a side dish, mustard greens – whose season runs through the end of April – are perhaps most prized for their high vitamin K, A and C content. Like the three musketeers, these vitamins team up to fight free radicals and protect the body against the types of cell damage that could leave it susceptible to health conditions. In addition, mustard greens contain numerous nutrients that can contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system, including beta-carotene, vitamin B6, folic acid and magnesium. For the ladies, mustard greens also provide calcium to boost bone strength and may also help temper some symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and sleep interruptions.
Although available year-round in the supermarket, we include radishes simply because they won’t be around when the temperature soars and we think you need to get ‘em while the getting is good! What’s so great about radishes? Well, the little red and white bulbs pack a hefty dose of vitamin C, which serves as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and also serves as an excellent source of potassium, which is important for kidney and blood health.
Although other onion varieties are available year round, it’s worth stocking up on sweet Vidalia onions during their short spring season. These onions – which make a great addition to salads, dressings and fresh dishes – contain more than one hundred sulfur-containing compounds which, in addition to being the cause of the teary eyes, are also thought to reduce the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory ailments. In addition, onions provide a health dose of flavonoids, which are thought to offer a protective benefit against several forms of cancer, particularly those affecting the breast. Unlike traditional onions, Vidalia onion’s high water content makes them a little bit trickier to store. We recommend wrapping them first in a paper towel and then storing them in the crisper drawer of your fridge for best results.
Back in the day watercress or scurvy grass as it was also once called – was used to treat just about anything: coughs, colds, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema, stress, pain, arthritis, diabetes, anemia, constipation, failing eyesight, cancer, heart conditions, eczema, scabies, indigestion, alcoholism, intestinal parasites and kidney and gall stones and was even used as a deodorant for some time! We now know that watercress is an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamins A, B1 and B6, C, E and K and also contains abundant iodine, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. In addition, it also contains a flavonoid called quercetin that is thought to reduce inflammation and serve as a natural anti-histamine.
TURMERIC: (Curcuma longa)
COMMON NAMES: Cuycuma, Curcumin, Turmeric
PART USED: Root, Leaves
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Binomially, this popular herb belongs to the ginger or Zingiberaseae family of root herbs, in the genus; Curcuma. Turmeric has antiquity for its anti-inflammatory (painkiller), carminative, anti-flatulent and anti-microbial properties.
Curcumin, a poly-phenolic compound, is the principal pigment that imparts deep orange color to the turmeric. Curcumin have anti-tumor, antioxidant, anti-arthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in anti-oxidants and dietary fiber, which helps to control blood LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels.
Turmeric contains very good amounts of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is an important co-factor for cytochrome oxidase enzymes at cellular level metabolisms and required for red blood cell (RBC’s) productions.
It is very rich source of many essential vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), choline, niacin, and riboflavin, etc. Pyridoxine is employed in the treatment of homocystinuria, sideroblastic anemia and radiation sickness. Niacin helps prevent “pellagra” or dermatitis.
Fresh root contains very good levels of vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and a powerful natural anti-oxidant, which helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents, and remove harmful free oxygen radicals.
Just a few grams of turmeric per day either in the form of powder, crushed root or fresh root can provide enough nutrients to help you keep away from anemia, neuritis, memory disorders and offer protection against cancers, infectious diseases, high blood pressure, and strokes.
“We are divine spirits having a physical experience, not physical beings embarking on a spiritual experience.” -Rasta