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Dietician shows seniors the benefits of herbs

On right, Barbara Neznek from the town of Florida, a Cornell Master Gardener, assisted residents of Mohawk Terrace in Montgomery County, educating and assisting in the repotting of their herb seedling plants for this program May 19. (Photo submitted)
Molly Capito, registered dietitian and SNAP-Ed NY Nutrition Educator, with Karen Capriola of Petoff Garden Apartments, in Fulton County, show off their green thumbs, planting basil herb seedling plants on May 27. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — With the help of registered dietitian Molly Capito, a SNAP-Ed NY nutrition educator, older adults in Fulton, Herkimer and Montgomery counties will be testing out their green thumbs this spring, growing their own herbs outside or right on their sunny windowsills, indoors, thanks to an Herb Container Garden Program with SNAP-Ed NY. Herb seedlings and container garden kits have been distributed to a variety of senior housing sites and those interested in growing herbs have learned how and why to incorporate herbs into their dishes. Some of those reasons include to replace or reduce salt intake to support a healthy blood pressure, to flavor dishes and give meals some added color. As of June 4, 95 seniors have participated in this program.

The following are some of the herbs that have been available to grow – Shiso basil (it’s purple!), Genovese basil, Thai basil, marjoram, thyme, parsley, cilantro and chives.

To learn more about SNAP-Ed NY services, contact Capito at (518) 843-2300 or mcapito@officeforaging.com.

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