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The word chia is a native american word meaning 'oily' Chia seeds were an important food crop in central America. Chia seeds are one of the few seeds of the mint family consumed as a food. It is closely related to culinary sage.
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Okra is ojas building like most plants in the mallow family. It is also slimy and astringent, a seemingly unusual combination. Since okra is also cool, it is tri-doshic. Okra is especially helpful for relieving dryness in the joints.
Oysters are salty, watery, slimy, and fatty, all the qualities that are nurturing and soothing to Vata. Oysters are very Vata pacifying. In Chinese medicine (TCM) oysters are the number one food for reducing yin.
Glossy orange-red American Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana) grow wild from the east coast through to the Midwest. Akin to dates, Persimmons are very sweet & gooey. They are too sweet to ferment or rot, and thus perfect for drying. American persimmons...
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Tapioca is actually made from tree resin. Like most resins tapioca is sticky.
Taro root is a staple food in polynesia.
There is a popular saying, "Wheat increases brawn, but rice increases brain." Wheat is dense nutrition, but it is difficult to digest. It pulls too much blood out of circulation and into the digestive tract. The loss of blood dulls the mind, and voila...
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