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Wellness Wednesday: Shadow Benny, a “Blessed Herb”

Weekly tips to bring island-inspired wellness into your everyday life from Rosalie Bay Resort wellness coordinator Laura Lund.

Shadow Benny looks like a weed, similar to the dandelion, and tastes similar to cilantro. The name derives from a French Patois term, Chadon Bene, which means “blessed herb.” It grows wild in the Caribbean, which is wonderful for those of us on or visiting Dominica as it offers health benefits and is a great addition to local cuisine.

Shadow Benny, a Caribbean plant, at Rosalie Bay Resort on Dominica.

Shadow Benny is rich in calcium, iron, carotene and riboflavin. Its medicinal uses include treating the flu, burns, diarrhea, worms and diabetes. It is also used to calm the nerves.

So how can you maximize the benefits this plant has to offer? Try one of its many culinary uses and infuse it into rum or add it to marinades, chutneys and vegetable dishes.

Try Shadow Benny at Rosalie Bay in our infused rum or sample it in our Wellness Wednesday cooking classes.

1 Comment

  1. I have never heard of shadow beni, till now. I am a vegetarian and I will be sure to use this herb in my lentils, if I can get it here in the UK. My advise is, don’t tell everyone about it yet or the island will be flooded with people who do not mean well for the island but for their pockets. I don’t know about now but I do know that before the unreal hurricane Maria, Dominica grew wild everything that was healthy. I know the Almighty in Heaven will bless this beautiful island once again and more abundantly if we pray and mind Him. For now, why don’t we put all that seaweed that is washing up on our coastline to good use. Cultivate it. Spread it on the land, mountains too. Who knows, God may have sent this by means of repair to the island after the hurricane. Things can be used as a blessing.

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