By Hilde and John Kearney
Just a simple smoothie or juice recipe for you here as we are about to head for “Bedfordshire!” We are in the middle of the berry season up here in the North, in Norway where we are. The berries are amazing, such healing potential and also the ultimate in nutrition packed with goodness. The long and seemingly endless summer nights do something to the plants. They grow slowly under the mild and let’s face it – sometimes cool summers. But with the light that lingers almost 24/7, that allows the plants to grow very strong and energized. I truly believe there is something to our long summer days. This is where the blessing of the north is to be found.
So our smoothie today is partly from the berry power. But also from the wild edibles, we picked as we came home after our morning qigong routine. We found some of that purple grass that John loves so much, some seeds from the dock plant, and plantain leaves. Only sweetened with raw agave syrup, if you think red currants are too much on the sour side. You can easily turn this into a juice if you prefer. Just let the smoothie strain through a sieve after you have blended well.
Red currants contain a red pigment called lycopene which is an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce heart disease and cancer risks, including prostate cancer. Red currants are an excellent source of B and C vitamins and have been shown to improve skin health and boost your immune system. Red currants are also a high source of iron for folks out there that do not eat meat. Our smoothie today also contains plantain that is rich in silica which helps to strengthen your skin and hair and make them look amazing with a radiant natural look.
WILD EDIBLES WITH RED CURRANTS SMOOTHIE
- 4 cups of red currants, frozen works too
- 4 – 8 cups of water, depending on how diluted you like it
- 6 plantain leaves
- seeds from 2 dock plants
- seeds from 8 purple grass straws
- 2 – 4 tbs raw agave syrup
Enjoy this wonderful treat by making it a sacred ritual. Find a pretty glass, decorate with a flower, and by all means use a beautiful cobalt blue straw! BON APPETIT!