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15 of the Healthiest Vegetables

March 04, 2021

These packed-with-vitamins vegetable plants will bring good taste and good health to your garden and to your table.

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Want to greatly reduce your risk of a whole host of diseases? Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K. Experts have said that this nutrient-rich vegetable may also help lower the risk of some cancers.

Grow broccoli, as a fall and spring vegetable that does best in a sunny site, in well-drained soil.

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Beets are full of fiber, nitrates and other healthy nutrients like folate, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C.

Like potatoes, okra and carrots, beets need moderate amounts of fertilizer to do well. Start by planting them in loose, well-drained soil that’s been enriched with compost, and mix fertilizer in the planting holes or rows.

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Heralded as a superfood, kale is packed with vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin A, K and C and beta-carotene. This dark, leafy green, sometimes referred to as "the queen of greens" is also low in calories, high in fiber and antioxidants.

Better still, frost actually enhances the taste of this cool weather crop.

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Sweet Potato

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene and are also rich in fiber, vitamin C and potassium.

Swap out your Idaho spud for a delicious sweet potato, naturally sweet and great topped with some vanilla yogurt and nuts.

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