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Simple, Raw, End-of-Summer Soup

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Summer may be coming to a close. But if you’re still finishing up the summer’s bounty of produce, you may want to enjoy this simple raw soup. The recipe calls for three basic ingredients representing three colors!

Red:
Tomatoes are native to western Central and South America. The English word tomato comes from the Spanish tomatl, first appearing in print in 1595. French botanist, Tournefort gave the Latin botanical name, Lycopersicon esculentum, which translates to “wolfpeach.” Peach is in reference to its being round and luscious and wolf because it was erroneously considered poisonous. As a member of the Nightshade Family (along with potato, eggplant, tobacco and deadly nightshade), tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous (although the leaves are poisonous) by Europeans, suspicious of this shiny bright fruit. Tomatoes are cool in energy and sweet and sour in flavor. Although they are acidic, they have an alkalinizing effect on the blood.

Tomatoes contain beta carotene, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, quercitin, and lycopene. Processing tomatoes with some oil enhances the absorption of lycopene, which is fat soluble.

Yellow:
Corn (Zea Mays) is technically a grain, rather than a vegetable, and a member of the Poaceae (Grass) Family. The genus name, Zea is from the Greek, meaning grain.

Corn was cultivated in the Americas long before white settlers arrived and was hybridized originally from a wild grass called teosinte. The Corn Mother was worshipped as a deity in pre-Columbian times as a symbol of fertility, eternity and resurrection. Corn is said to be governed by the Sun, the element of Fire and symbolize Protection and Spirituality. Early corn ears were from one-half to two inches long. The Incas, Mayans and Aztecs used corn as currency, jewelry and building material. Hopis offered cornmeal in rituals. Yellow corn is said to symbolize the North, white the East, red the South and blue the West.

Corn is a neutral, sweet, tonic food appropriate in summer, as it is more cooling than other grains. Corn is rich in beta-carotene, vitamins B, C, folic acid, E, and the minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It is an excellent source of fiber and essential fatty acids. Yellow corn is more nutritious than white. Choose organic non-GMO and help create the planet of your choice!

Next: The “green ingredient” and the delicious recipe for Simple Summer Soup

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com. Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at rainbeaumars.com.

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12:17AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

Yummy! Great recipes. Thanks for sharing.

8:13PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

This looks so good. But instead of raw corn I'd use frozen that has been thawed or blanch the ear of corn first. Raw corn doesn't appeal to me. I'd also add (for those who like spicy food) a bit of chopped jalapeno pepper. I'd top it with thinly sliced green onion tops. Love your hair, but please keep it out of the soup!

8:52PM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

Thanks for showing the recipe for those who can't watch the video.

2:08PM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

Great recipes for your ultra health! Thank You!

12:11AM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

I watched your video and was wondering if you could please tie back your hair when you are working in the kitchen, otherwise everything you make is very unhygienic. Thank you.

10:09AM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

I'm probably the only one that doesn't think this sounds good....but then again, I don't care for avocados.

6:47AM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

Thank you, i loved your originality!
By the way, please don't trash the corn cob and visit us at

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to share information and great recipes ;-)

Thank you and namaste!

5:19AM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

thanks for the recipe

12:22AM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

thanks

6:54PM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

Thanks for this recipe!~

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