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CAULIFLOWER

A member of the cabbage family, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is a beautiful presentation of thousands of compact flowers. Cauliflower is helpful in the prevention of cancer and is generally harvested in the spring and summer. It is rich in potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C and has a good protein profile. Enjoy it raw with dips during the warm seasons. It is best cooked with oil and spices such as fennel and cumin to aid digestion in the winter. Cauliflower has a high sulfur and phosphorous content. John Douillard, author of The 3 Season Diet advises that "wind is high in winter, so if you want to eat a wind-producing food you must cook and spice it appropriately."...

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CABBAGE

Cabbage is usually harvested in the spring, yet according to Ayurvedic principles, both spring and summer are ideal seasons for its consumption. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that may help to lower body fat levels. It is high in calcium, low in fat, high in vitamins A and C, as well as folic acid and chlorophyll. Thanks to its chlorine and sulfur content, cabbage is a great choice for detoxification. Cabbage is abundant in many phytonutrients including lutein, quercetin and indole-3-carbinol (1-3-C). According to Phyllis A. Balch, CNC,  "I-3-C is a compound known to eradicate many types of cancer cells on contact." Cabbage has been considered a traditional remedy for constipation, skin conditions, ulcers, and circulatory disorders.

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BROCCOLI

Summer is a great season to enjoy broccoli thanks to its ability to cool the body. Broccoli assists blood cleansing and boosts the ability of the liver in in the process of detoxification. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that is high in folic acid, contains some B vitamins, vitamins A, C, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and potassium. It is regarded as an anti-cancer vegetable that is low in calories and has a good protein profile. In the dry winter season consider steaming your broccoli to offset its gas producing sulfur content.

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BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are native to North America and are known for their antioxidant properties. While they are a great choice for summer, do not hesitate to enjoy them during the winter as well since they are not as cooling as blackberries and raspberries. "Traditionally known to help strengthen the pancreas and stabilize blood sugar levels, blueberries serve to offset the high energy demands and high sugar content of the summer harvest", according to John Douillard, author of The 3 Season Diet. Blueberries tend to offer a somewhat lower content of the vitamins A and C, and less minerals than other berries, yet their sweet, meaty nature make them a popular choice with plenty of nutrients.

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BLACKBERRIES/RASPBERRIES

Blackberries are a wild berry variety that can be found locally in midsummer. Pick the darkest, ripest blackberries to enjoy the sweetest harvest. They contain vitamin A, while both raspberries and blackberries contain vitamin C as well as calcium and magnesium. "Blackberries and raspberries are very alkaline, high in iron, and are the best blood builders, although they can have a constipating quality." Dr. John Douillard. These cooling berries may help to combat diarrhea caused by the excess heat of the summer months. Delicious infused in water!

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