Callaloo, A Natural Viagra?

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Callaloo – what on earth is it?

It’s a luscious leafy Caribbean Food green vegetable, found in the Caribbean and Asia. It grows easily in the summer without much fuss, in the same way as chard or spinach, and is bursting with minerals and vitamins.

Some even swear that it’s a natural viagra!

One autumn, when I was a young child, my dad brought back some seeds from the Caribbean and decided to plant them to see if they would grow.  We ceremoniously followed him into the garden whereupon he raised his hand magestically in the air like a priest about to sanctify a marriage. He freely scattered the seeds around the garden, like throwing confetti at a wedding, with wide circular arm movements. Some landed in the warm, fertile, soil while others landed on the barren path.

The following summer Callaloo had been given birth everywhere.

Like unruly excited toddlers, callaloo had invaded every nook and cranny in the garden. They giggled with the poppies, played hide and seek with the sweet corn, others danced and swayed lazily in the sunshine as if at party.

Actually, Callaloo is very ordinary looking, and could easily be mistaken for a garden weed if you didn’t know what to look for. There is no defining smell, and it’s charming, more-ish, taste is hidden away to be discovered, like a honeymoon kiss.

Once harvested, cleaned and cooked, the tantalising aroma with its melt-in-the-mouth taste, is sublime.

Try this simple Caribbean Food recipe with spinach, sorrel, or chard if you can’t find callaloo. As it has to be made quickly, you need to have everything ready so that you have no interruptions.

RECIPE
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2 medium sized tomatoes
2 medium sized shallot onions
a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme (you want the strongly flavored one with the tiny leaves).
1clove garlic
red scotch bonnet pepper to taste
pinch of salt
pinch of freshly crushed black pepper
approx 1 tablespoon of oil (I use Sunflower oil)
approx 1 tablespoon of water
Approx 1/2 kg Callaloo

Cooking time = approx 10mins

1x Ciabbata loaf or French loaf

METHOD

chop the tomatoes into quarters
Thinly slice the onions
Thinly slice your scotch bonnet pepper
wash your thyme.

Put a medium sized saute/frying pan on a medium high heat, add the oil and heat for a few seconds.
Next add your onions and the thyme and saute until the onions are soft.
Now add your tomatoes, cook down until they are soft too.
Add your scotch bonnet, garlic and water. Cook for a minute or two.
Now when everything has come together, add your callaloo, and allow it to wilt down into the tomato sauce, using a wooden spoon/fish slice to turn the mixture.
After a few minutes everything will have melded so you can now take the pan off the heat.
Add your salt and black pepper to taste.

Now for the Bruschetta

Take the bread and cut into thin slices.
Toast or grill until crisp on both sides.
Rub one side with cut garlic.
Arrange on a plate and  spoon on the callaloo mixture.

Now Enjoy!
Callaloo, Love, Laughter, And Food For All :)

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4 Responses to “Callaloo, A Natural Viagra?”

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  2. frettyvetty on September 30th, 2009 12:16 pm

    Wonderful ideal..so simple trying it tonight

  3. Vikas sood on October 3rd, 2009 3:48 am

    The recipe is quite Indian in preperation except that the Indian spices have been substututed with Thyme, Different pepper & is served with bread.

    Amaranth in it’s many varieties is widely consumed still in India specially by poor masses & the public in general does not recognize it’s food value. Amaranth grain is excellent source of Nutrients. ( see link)

    http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1990/v1-127.html

  4. LizzyLou on October 26th, 2009 11:35 am

    that’s really interesting Vikas – however, when i think of it, it’s not surprising,I suppose because there is a large Indian population, in addtion to Chinese, European, South American etc where all the flavours and ingenuity in preparation have fused together, to create a wonderful new cuisine that half the world doesn’t recognise….