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Today, 16 October, is World Food Day, which highlights the importance of food production and food security.
World Food Day was launched by the United Nations in 1945 to celebrate the formation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation. (FAO) This year, 2019, the theme is “to take action to achieve healthy diets for a zero hunger world.’ FAO argue that healthy sustainable diets should be both affordable and accessible to all.
Growing your own fruit and veg is a great way to achieve a healthy diet. Fresh produce is full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. The pulses like peas and beans are a great source of protein. Herbs add flavour to meals and help to vary the way veg are presented. Tomatoes sliced with chopped chives and vinegar, taste completely different from a tomato and garlic flan cooked with rosemary. Similarly, new potatoes boiled with mint contrast to potatoes roasted in butter with rosemary.
FarmingFriends and TopVeg have collaborated to produce an ebook called ‘How to Grow Herbs for Cooking.’ Anyone can grow herbs even if space is limited. Window boxes and balconies can produce a constant supply, as only a small amount of herbs are needed in most dishes. One friend of TopVeg sent a photo of the herbs she was growing against the wall of her appartment block in the middle of a very dense city.
Why not mark World Food Day potting up some herbs that are growing outside, and bring them in for the winter. Chives, mint, parsley, or tarragon will grow well on a a south-facing windowsill, and provide an aromatic extra to your winter cooking.