Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Recipe by Krista A. Parr
Fresh local fruit season has begun! Hooray! Strawberry and rhubarb are typically amongst the first local fruits to emerge here on the West Coast, but you can make this recipe with whatever is in season as the summer progresses: blueberries & green apples, blackberries & raspberries, peaches & plums are all just a few of the delicious flavor combinations you can make. While technically a dessert, this crumble is so nutritious and full of fiber that you could eat it for breakfast or lunch, guilt-free, as part of your healthy fertility diet. Like all sour-tasting foods, rhubarb stimulates the liver and works as a gentle detoxifier and mild laxative; great for improving the digestive and elimination systems of the body and clearing space for healing of all kinds. The fertility benefits of strawberries are found mostly in their exceptionally high anti-inflammatory and ant-oxidant properties. Local strawberries are higher in all nutrients because they are allowed to remain growing on the plant until perfectly ripe, unlike imported fruits which are harvested unripe and often chemically-ripened after travelling long distances. Oats are a deeply nourishing food which supports the reproductive system as well as the kidneys, stomach, heart, lungs, and large intestine. Oats are high in selenium, zinc, B vitamins and protein and are a low-glycemic food. They also have “adaptogen” properties, meaning oats can improve the body’s resistance to stress and thus support the body’s own efforts to bring itself into a state of balance. May you all be nourished by the bounty of your local, seasonal fruits and the energy of the sun over the coming summer months!