Variety is the spice of life, so how many different foods have you tried lately? Here is information about one you might not have.
Callaloo is a vegetable which contains four more times calcium, twice the iron and twice the vitamin A of broccoli. Callaloo or aramanth is a leafy green vegetable referred to as the Jamaican spinach.
It’s flavor is less bitter than spinach, and when preparing it for eating, the entire plant is used, stem and leaf. The stem is “shredded” to make it less bulky and easier to digest. The vegetable is chopped into small pieces and steamed.
While callaloo is loaded with nutrients it also contains oxalic acid which in large dosages can prove to be harmful. Some of this green is very healthy and the phytochemicals found in the plant can help fight cancer, but too much can cause liver damage.
Stamp-and-Go and Callaloo Fritters – Babble On Babylon (Photo credit: avlxyz)
It is used in any recipe spinach is used in; such as soups, quiche, omelets and sides. For a recipe using callaloo in a tasty Jamaican soup use this link.
The nutrients found in one serving of *salted callaloo are quite impressive:
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