September 17, 2017: Dr. Cowan’s Garden
The garden has 38 beds on about an acre of land. It functions as an experimental garden (how does the vegetable grow and does it powder well?), a production garden and a kitchen garden. Tom Cowan once counted 59 different edible plants growing in the garden.
Ashitaba is the signature plant (Tom is holding a leaf in the bottom middle photo). It has twice as many nutrients as greens such as kale; it grows a new leaf when a leaf is removed; it produces a yellow sap with a chemical, chalcones, a potent natural chemotherapy drug.
Gynura procumbens, also called longevity spinach or Okinawan spinach, has a chemical similar to Metformin for diabetes. Many varieties of pumpkin are grown, such as Hopi pumpkins, Japanese heirloom pumpkins, Long Island cheese pumpkins, banana pumpkins and a New Zealand pumpkin. Indigo apple tomatoes taste a bit like bacon and have twice the amount of lycopene as other tomatoes.
The potluck made extra nutrient-dense with lots of powders. Delicious.
~ Karen Hamilton-Roth