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Heads Up! Prawn

Photo by Stu Spivak

This one doesn’t come from my garden, but it sure is tasty!..

On a tip from my pal Chris, we took our friend visiting from Germany to Station Sushi in La Jolla (CA). Eating at the bar is the best place to sit when trying a new sushi restaurant; the chef aims to please and it’s the most socially interactive seating in the house!

Well positioned at the bar, I glanced at the guys next to me chuckling over their buddy eating the heads of a couple prawn. I leaned over to tell the guy eating about the wonderful Chinese medicinal properties these savory heads contained. Judging by their giggles, the guys seemed to love hearing that the nutrients contained within were yang tonics (similar to an aphrodisiac to boost testosterone, sex drive and energy).

Alex & Me

Two minutes later, I was greeted by the gents with my own yummy prawn head! I know they were wondering, “will she eat it?” Perhaps to their surprise I happily savored the treat!

My new pal Alex had eaten the entire thing, shell and all. You certainly can eat the shell, but I must say, it takes some serious chomping! The meat contained within the head is where it’s at for sure!

"All That Remains"

Your Brain on Fish!

Going out for fish or seafood anytime soon? Enjoy the whole thing by consuming the head! Most of the omega-3 essential fats are contained up there!

Some medicinal plants, herbs and food are categorized in the doctrine of signature category. Originally coined in European philosophy, Chinese and homeopathic medicine employ this principle today. Doctrine of signature refers to how a medicinal physically resembles its mechanism of therapeutic action.

Doctrine of Signature: Fish Head to Human Head: fish head contains nutrients which exert therapeutic action to fulfill proper physiological functioning of the human brain.

The human brain consists of neural pathways protected by a fatty layer called the myelin sheath. Without this layer, nerve impulses would be left un-fulfilled (something like picking up your fork to eat, only to forget what you picked up your fork for)! To learn more about how essential fats must come from food to keep your brain firing, check out my article on neurological health.

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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