Seasonal vegetables, December

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Below is the list of seasonal vegetables available in December. Select the vegetable to know its properties. 

> 1. Garlic

> 2. Chard

> 3. Artichoke

> 4. Thistle

> 5. Carrot

> 6. Cabbage

> 7. This

> 8. Onion

> 9. Chicory

> 10. Chives

> 11. Beans

> 12. Fennel

> 13. Lettuce

> 14. Lentil

> 15. Potato

> 16. Peas

17. Moreover

> 18. Radicchio

> 19. Shallot

> 20. Celery

> 21. Spinach

>  22. Topinambur

> 23. Pumpkin




L'aglio, or Allium sativum, is a plant grown on all continents for its use in cooking. However, garlic has significant beneficial properties for human health; it is, in fact, able to regulate cholesterol and triglycerides, prevent flu and colds and has an anthelmintic action against roundworms and pinworms.


Swiss chard, whose scientific name is Beta vulgaris cicla, is a vegetable with refreshing and diuretic properties. Useful in case of cystitis and kidney diseases, it helps eliminate toxic substances present in the body, and stimulates digestion.



The artichokes, its scientific name is Cynara scolymus, are undisputed protective vegetables of the liver. Known since ancient times, these foods help eliminate toxins and promote diuresis. Also indicated in the diet of diabetics, artichokes are among the foods with the highest fiber content.



The thistle it is a low-calorie vegetable (100 g of product provide only 17 calories) useful for liver health, given its purifying properties. Thistle is rich in vitamins, mineral salts and fibers, therefore useful against constipation, and has an anti-cholesterol, digestive and fat burning effect. 



Carrots they are foods capable of purifying the liver and useful for the health of the intestine and stomach. Indicated in the diet in case of colic and indigestion, carrots also help the health of the kidneys, participating in the elimination of waste through the urine thanks to their diuretic action. 



The cabbages, whose scientific name is Brassica oleracea L., are low-calorie vegetables that have a detoxifying action for the body. Useful against anemia, cystitis and ulcers, cabbages are powerful anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamin C and folic acid. 



The chickpeas they are legumes rich in carbohydrates and proteins that are allies of the heart. In fact, they contain folate, a substance that helps keep homocysteine ​​low, which is responsible for an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack.


Onion it is a vegetable with an antibiotic and purifying action. They are able to remineralize and disinfect the body and are widely used in the kitchen in the preparation of first courses, appetizers, main courses, bread and even biscuits. 



Chicory (Chichorium intybus), is a useful food for stimulating concentration and for the health of hair and skin. From the laxative action, chicory is also useful for stimulating the activity of the pancreas and liver, and regulating the amount of glucose and cholesterol in the blood. 


Chives, is a plant rich in vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus. It is known not only for its use in cooking, but also as an ally of the heart, able to help blood circulation and stimulate appetite.



The beans they are legumes rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Although they have a high calorie content, beans are useful for regulating the level of cholesterol in the blood, thanks to the presence of lecithin.



The fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a plant of the Umbelliferae family known for its purifying and digestive properties. Rich in minerals and vitamins, it prevents the formation of intestinal gas and contains anethole, a substance capable of acting on abdominal contractions.


The lettuce it is a vegetable of which there are many varieties, which can be eaten both raw and cooked (in ministers and soups). Rich in 95% water, lettuce has a great ability to rehydrate the human body.


Lentils they are legumes with a high nutritional power, useful for promoting concentration and memory. Also suitable in the diet for celiacs, they are rich in iron, phosphorus and B vitamins.



Potatoes they are tubers rich in potassium, complex carbohydrates and vitamin C. Useful in nutrition for diabetics, they have energetic and anti-inflammatory properties. 



The peas cthey contain phytoestrogens and are useful against the symptoms of menopause. In addition to being used in the kitchen, peas are also useful in natural cosmetics, where they are used in the preparation of firming and toning masks for the skin.



Leek (Allium ameloprasum) is a plant of the Liliaceae family with diuretic properties. Rich in flavonoids, minerals and vitamins, it also has a natural detoxifying, moisturizing and antioxidant action.



The radicchio it is a vegetable with an antioxidant action, rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin C. Useful against psoriasis, obesity, constipation and poor digestion, it also has a purifying action, valid against digestive difficulties.


The shallot is a vegetable that contains silicon, which is useful for the health of nails and hair. Rich in iodine and antioxidants, shallots have beneficial effects on the nervous system, are useful for thyroid health and can be used in the diet against cholesterol.


The celery, useful against fatal hernia, it is a food rich in vitamins. Used in the diet against arterial hypertension and also useful against rheumatism and for the health of the nervous system.



Spinaches (Spinacia oleacea) are foods rich in vitamin A, useful for the health of the intestines and muscles. They contain a good amount of iron and help keep the heart and eyes healthy. 


Jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichoke is a low-calorie tuber (30 kcal per 100 g), also known as Jerusalem artichoke. From the probiotic action, it is useful for strengthening the immune system, reducing blood cholesterol values, regulating intestinal activity and stabilizing glucose values. 



The pumpkin it is a vegetable of which there are several varieties. In the country, the most used in cooking are Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moscata. Low in calories and rich in nutrients, pumpkin has a diuretic and calming action and its pulp can be used to soothe skin inflammations.  


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