Grow Red for a Healthy Heart

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Tomatoes are the perfect red fruit to celebrate American Heart Month.Click To Enlarge

Tomatoes are the perfect red fruit to celebrate American Heart Month.

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The American Heart Association (AHA) must love February. With Valentine hearts everywhere, it's the perfect month to celebrate American Heart Month. The organization uses February to help focus attention on the fact that heart disease is still the number one killer of American women.

Exercise and making healthy eating choices are two pieces of healthy heart advice from the AHA. That's good news whether you're a vegetable gardener or you want to start planting and growing your own healthy foods. Gardening is great exercise and a good stress reliever, both important to cardiovascular health.

You can get in on the American Heart Month celebration by planning the heart-healthy fruits and vegetables to grow in this season's garden. Stick with the red hearts and flowers theme and look for red foods that are easy to grow and pack a healthy punch.

Do I need to tell you to plant more tomatoes in your garden? Once referred to as love apples, tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C and good amounts of vitamins A and B, potassium, iron and phosphorus. Tomatoes are low calorie fruits and a good source of fiber, too. 

One new tomato to grow this year fits the heart-healthy theme perfectly: 'Valentine'. 

Here's my list of other red fruits and vegetables to plant and grow for your heart health this year:

  • Red beans
  • Red beets
  • Rainbow Swiss chard
  • Red peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Red carrots
  • Raspberries
  • Red onions
  • Cherries
  • Red grapes
  • Red radishes
  • Red potatoes
  • Edible red flowers like bee balm, daylilies, honeysuckle, hyssop, mums, pansies, roses, scarlet runner beans and scented geraniums.

If you think of other red, heart-healthy fruits and vegetables you like to grow in your vegetable garden, please add them to the list!


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