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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.

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