Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Have You Had Any Chlorophyll Today?

Yummy ! It is still a few months before seeds are sown for our summer garden, so instead, the window sill is hosting this lovely batch of wheatgrass. It looks so bright, and is said to provide amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and chlorophyll to whomever consumes it.

wheatgrass chicken chlorophyll garden
Personally I've never tasted wheatgrass juice, but when we lived in Boulder, Colorado, one of our favorite restaurants used to serve it. My husband would order a shot glass-sized serving now and again. He said it was pretty potent tasting, and usually followed the shot with some water. I will find out soon enough how it tastes, as we are becoming wheatgrass farmers at home. It will be fun to see how this experiment turns out.

I did some reading, and it turns out the man who popularized wheatgrass first made it to help ailing chickens. Maybe we'll have to plant some near our chicken coop too! The man was Charles Schnabel, and his experiments were done in the 1930s. The health benefits apparently have not been verified by scientists, but many believe that consuming wheatgrass tablets or fresh squeezed juice, can improve digestion, prevent or cure diabetes/heart disease, plus provides general well-being. 

The known health benefits of eating green leafy plants only adds to the theory that wheatgrass will be a good nutritional addition for both us and our chickens !!

2 comments:

Doris Sturm said...

Wow, that brings back memories. When I lived in California, there were lots of Juice bars and my friend and I took an occasional shot of wheatgrass juice...yes, potent tasting is putting it politely and one must definitely rinse the mouth out with water after, but when you consider the health benefits...it must be very healthy because it doesn't taste very good ;-)

Wonder if I can buy wheatgrass seeds over the Internet? I had almost forgotten about that...

CrochetBouquet said...

We got the wheat seeds at Whole Foods in the bulk bins. Probably any health food store would have them.