WHAT WE’RE GROWING
Arugula is a leafy green plant that is closely related to radish, kale, and cauliflower. It might just look like fancy lettuce, but not all greens are made equal, and arugula has a wide range of health benefits that frequent eaters of this vegetable can enjoy.
The health benefits of arugula include weight loss, a reduced risk of cancer, healthy bones, and improved eyesight. It has antioxidant properties and is good for the skin. It also helps in strengthening the brain, improving metabolic functions, mineral absorption, and boosting the immune system.
All in all, arugula is a low-calorie, nutrient-rich food we’re happy to grow.
Beets are highly nutritious root vegetables that are a great source of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, sodium, iron, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and B vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin.
Rich in antioxidants, they get their deep colour from the betalain pigment, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. They are also abundant in phytochemical compounds such as anthocyanins, carotenoids, lutein/zeaxanthin, glycine, and betaine. Being a great source of dietary fiber, they are also low in fat, cholesterol, and calories.
Beets are extremely nutrient dense which helps boost immunity levels in the body and it is known to fight fever and colds. Vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, and powerful antioxidants in these root vegetables help prevent fatigue, soothe minor aches and pains, and reduce inflammation.
When you’re at Paradise Fields be sure to try:
Early Wonder Tall Top Beets are quick-growing with arching tops that are perfect for early beet greens, while roots size up quickly for bunched baby beets. A great full size beet with vibrant tops. Early Wonder is the best beet for greens, harvested in bunches with large vigorous tops.
Red Ace Beets are a workhorse standard red beet that is reliable, adaptable, and fast-maturing with strong tops. Sweet and tender, even when older. Medium-tall, red-veined greens for bunching.
Carrots are often claimed to be the perfect health food. Crunch, tasty and highly nutritious, carrots are a particularly good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants.
Carrots have a number of health benefits. They are a weight loss friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health. The carotene antioxidants in them have also been linked to reduced risk of cancer.
Paradise Fields grows the following carrots:
Dragon Carrots are adored by carrot aficionados for their yellow core and spicy-yet-sweet flavor! Roots are full-sized at 7″ long, thrive in heavy soils and are very hardy.
Danver Carrots are a reliable, stocky carrot with broad shoulders and deep orange color. A great variety for canning, freezing, juicing and storing, Danvers had the highest Brix reading of any of our varieties even after months of storage. Resists splitting.
Napoli Carrots are a versatile carrot with great flavor and a bright orange colour. Napoli can be harvested early for delicious baby carrots or left to full size, they become sweeter in the cooler weather.
Negovia Carrots are a standout for both sweetness and a nice, crunchy texture and are excellent for storage!
Yaya Carrots have a truly stellar flavor and crispness, with a blunt barrel that stores well. They have good flavor, retaining their extremely sweet and juicy, crisp-tender traits. They represent an excellent choice for sweet desserts like Maple Carrot Cake.
Dark, leafy green vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense foods. Although kale is often deemed the king of greens, Swiss chard is equally impressive in its wide array of nutritional benefits.
A small serving of cooked Swiss chard covers your daily need for vitamins A and K and nearly fulfills the RDI for vitamin C. What’s more, Swiss chard is a good source of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, phosphorus and vitamin E. This green is not only loaded with nutrients, but also extremely low in calories, making it a weight-loss-friendly food.
Consuming Swiss chard may lower your risk of certain chronic diseases, help promote weight loss, maintain healthy blood sugar and benefit heart health.
Fordhook Giant Chard is the classic chard, with dark green, thick, tender leaves. Delicious when eaten like spinach or beet greens.
Of all the super healthy greens, kale is king.
It’s definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds, some of which have powerful medicinal properties.
Kale is amongst the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. A single cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces) contains: Vitamin A: 206% of the Daily Vitamins (DV) (from beta-carotene); Vitamin K: 684% of the DV; Vitamin C: 134% of the DV; Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV; Manganese: 26% of the DV; Calcium: 9% of the DV; Copper: 10% of the DV; Potassium: 9% of the DV; Magnesium: 6% of the DV. It also contains 3% or more of the DV for vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus.
Paradise Fields wants you to try Dinosaur, Dwarf Westlander Kale
Lettuce was thought to possess medicinal properties by ancient people and modern science confirms its healing properties. Lettuce contains moisture, energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fibre and sugars. Along with minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc, lettuce provides vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamins B6, C, A, E, and K.
Paradise Fields grows the following varieties of lettuce:
Parris Island Lettuce Dating back to 1952, this heirloom lettuce is named after the actual Parris Island off the coast of South Carolina. A flavorful, pale-creamy green heart is surrounded by thick green outer leaves. Its leaves are tender and succulent, with mild flavor, perfect for gourmet salads.
Salanova Green Sweet Crisp Lettuce has a sweet flavor and crunchy, crisp, succulent medium-dark green leaves. The flavour is almost romaine-like and the texture is crisp, almost like iceberg.
Two Star Lettuce deserves five stars: it has a sweeter taste than most other green leaf lettuces and has tender, dark green leaves.
As a member of the Allium family of plants, scallions are a close relative of garlic, onions, leeks, shallots and chives and share many of the same health-promoting compounds.
Frequently used as a garnish to add a bit of color to a dish, scallions are often overlooked and overshadowed by other ingredients which demand center stage. Turning the spotlight to scallions, they are low in calories, rich in nutrients and boast some serious health benefits, from enhancing immunity to shrinking fat cells.
Convenient, easy to use and incredibly versatile, including a few servings of scallions in your diet can do so much more than simply brighten up your plate.
Paradise Fields happily grows Evergreen Hardy White Scallions
Green peas have an impressive nutrition profile. Their calorie content is fairly low, with only 62 calories per 1/2-cup serving. Furthermore, peas contain just about every vitamin and mineral you need, in addition to a significant amount of fiber.
What makes peas unique from other vegetables is their high protein content, four times the amount found in carrots (take THAT carrots!) They are also rich in poly-phenol antioxidants, which are likely responsible for many of their health benefits including: supporting control of healthy blood sugar; digestion (thanks to the fiber); and they may help prevent some chronic diseases.
Paradise Fields grows Cascadia Peas
Potatoes are underground tubers that grow on the roots of a plant that is from the nightshade family, and is related to tomatoes and tobacco. Native to South America, potatoes were brought to Europe in the 16th century and are now grown in countless varieties worldwide.
Cooked potatoes with skin are a good source of many vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and vitamin C.
As you probably know, potatoes are not a high-fiber food. However, potatoes that have been cooled down after boiling may contain some resistant starch, a type of fiber that can improve colon health. Potatoes provide some healthy antioxidants that are responsible for many of their health benefits. The antioxidants are concentrated in the skin.
Hypertension, a harmful condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure, is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Potatoes contain a number of minerals and plant compounds that may help lower blood pressure. The high potassium content of potatoes is particularly noteworthy.
Potatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium and vitamin C.
Paradise Fields is spuds deep in Burbank Potatoes
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and considered to be very healthy. Eating spinach may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help prevent cancer and reduce blood pressure levels. Fresh spinach can be eaten cooked or raw. It is delicious either on its own or in other dishes.
Spinach is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A (Spinach is high in carotenoids, which the body can turn into vitamin A); Vitamin C (Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function); Vitamin K1 (Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting, and one spinach leaf contains over half of your daily need); Folic acid (Also known as folate, or vitamin B9, it’s essential for normal cellular function and tissue growth, and is very important for women who are pregnant); Iron (Spinach is an excellent source of this essential mineral. Iron helps create hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to the body’s tissues); and Calcium (Calcium is essential for bone health. This mineral is also a crucial signaling molecule for the nervous system, heart and muscles). Spinach also contains several other vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9 and E.
Paradise Fields encourages you to try Renegade f1 Spinach