Fresh & Easy Caraway Fennel Hemp Cabbage Salad

Whether or not you call the a ‘raw recipe’, it’s fast, flavorful, and easy to put together, and tasty solo as a lite Summer meal, or as an accompaniment to a ‘Rawtwurst’ (which you’d probably serve warm from the dehydrator) or other denser dish in the Winter. The ingredients of this salad have many health benefits too, as detailed further below.

Cabbage is one of the most ancient vegetables. It was brought to the Americas by the French navigator Jacques Cartier in 1536, and has been cultivated here ever since in many varieties. It is well adapted to growing in colder climates, and has high yields per acres, and and can be stored over the winter in cold cellars. It is such a nourishing food, providing a good source of fiber, protein, histamine, beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamins B1 B6, C, K and U, bioflavonoids, calcium, iodine, iron, potassium, and sulfur. Cabbage also contains indoles, which help prevent breast cancer by inhibiting estrogens from stimulating tumor growth. This vegetable has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and diuretic properties, and is esteemed as a circulatory stimulant, and muscle builder, plus it also strengthens the eyes, gums, teeth, bones, hair, liver, and nails, and is believed to lower the risk of heart disease.

The Caraway is a member of the carrot family. In food preparation, the seeds can also be ground and used a s a substitute for cumin in homemade curry or chili. It is antispasmodic, a good expectorant, and said to strengthen and tone the stomach, helping prevent fermentation in the stomach, aid the digestion of heavy starches, and and relieve cramping. It is also especially recommended to treat flatulent infant colic or as a general stomach settler.

The Fennel has a flavor reminiscent of anise and licorice, with a long history as an awesome digestive aide. The bulb and stems are eaten like celery; the feathery leaves are similar to dill. Fennel is antispasmodic, diuretic, a good expectorant, stimulant, and in addition to having been used to soothe stomach and intestines, it helps sweeten the breath, and regulate menstrual periods. The oil is antimicrobial, and is responsible for most of fennel’s medicinal properties. Other benefits of fennel include its being an excellent obesity fighter, since it acts as an appetite suppressant and accelerates the digestion of fatty foods.

The Hemp seed adds both a nuttiness to the flavoring, as well as being packed full of Omega-3s – actually has the perfect ratio of omega-6 and omega-e fatty acids, good for brain functioning and healthy immune response. The hemp seed is said to slow aging, stimulate and enhance the circulation, and restore the arteries and veins. This is also an excellent source of vegetable protein, and provides a well-balanced array of the essential amino acids for humans.

Fresh & Easy Caraway Fennel Hemp Cabbage Salad © by Chef Allie

4 Cups fresh, shredded to medium consistency, cabbage ( this is about one small head of cabbage, shredded; recommend organic)
11/2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt

1 – 1 1/2 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice (organic lemons recommended)
3 Tablespoons of Organic Extra Virgin First Cold Pressed Olive Oil
2 – 3 Tablespoons of Organic Hemp Seeds
1/4 teaspoon Caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon Fennel seeds

Massage the shredded cabbage with the salt, and allow it to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes, prior to adding other ingredients. This allows the cabbage to soften, and become more easily digestible.

After allowing the salt to do its work on the cabbage, add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, and serve.

Enjoy! – Chef Allie

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