Dietician shows seniors the benefits of herbs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.