The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors
Starting a garden can be intimidating (or downright impossible if you don't have a yard), but that doesn't mean homegrown produce is out of the question. We’ve rounded up 16 healthy (simple) plants that grow well indoors: http://grt.st/1aUMkuE
Avocados are chock full of healthy fats in addition to vitamins E and B6 and carotenoids, which are high in vitamin A and have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and eye degeneration.
This flavorful herb is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the oil eugenol, which can block enzymes in the body that cause swelling.
Carrots are a good source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including thiamin, niacin, folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamins B6, A, C, and K. They also supply carotenoids, which are a big boon for eye health.
Chives are filled with antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and phytochemicals (which have antioxidant-like benefits).
Cilantro yields high concentrations of carotenoids, a good source of vitamin A that may help protect against heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Pungent garlic is a member of the cancer-fighting allium family. It’s also a Greatist-approved superfood that’s been linked to improvements in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
This spicy superfood is known for calming nausea and motion sickness and reducing inflammation.
A Greatist superfood, lemons are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, which could help decrease heart disease risk, reduce inflammation, and fight some cancers.
Just like microgreens, salad greens (which include iceberg, spinach, romaine, red leaf, and arugula) are chock full of vitamins A, C, and K, and also contain folate and iron.
These sweet little fruits are a decent source of antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and fiber.
Beyond being tasty, this bright green herb can aid digestion. Mint tea has also been known to soothe hangovers.
Mushrooms aren’t just flavorful; they’re also a good source of fiber and vitamin C as well as antioxidants and cancer-fighting compounds.
Like garlic, scallions are part of the allium family of vegetables, which has been associated with cancer prevention and may help protect the body from free radicals (by-products of cellular processes that can cause cellular damage).
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may help prevent coronary heart disease.