Herbs and spices aren’t just tasty, they can be called nature’s pharmacy. Having long been interested in the healing properties of foods (I once seriously considered a career in this area), and have done some studying my whole life—from the time herbal medicine was the realm of “kooks” and now that is is mainstream multi-billion dollar business.

MINT is one of the most well-known herbs, having flavored commercial products like ice cream, candy and tea for several generations. It is famous for soothing the tummy, even the dreaded irritable bowel syndrome. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and contains a phytonutrient, perillyl alcohol, that is being investigated as a deterrent to colon, skin and lung cancer. It even has been effective against asthma and allergies. So this refreshing salad, not only has mint, but also many other healthy ingredients. I hope your family will enjoy it.  Check out the mint/pineapple/black bean salad recipe.