Hello Hardy Canadians! Winter is NOT the time to back off on the vegetable intake. Keeping your body and immune system strong is the best way to avoid those nasty colds and flu bugs that are going around. Home-made stews and soups loaded with vegetables is the way to go on these chilly days. Be sure to toss in a handful of fresh herbs for the last few minutes of cooking as many such as Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Sage and Rosemary have medicinal properties that aid in reducing symptoms associated with colds and flu. Oregano has the highest antioxidant value and is loaded with antiseptic compounds. Most of these herbs are useful as hot teas or used externally for pain and inflammation.