The Palisade peaches are in season here in Colorado and I’ve been enjoying them almost daily!  Most of the other ingredients in this salsa recipe can be found from local farms or gardens as well.photo

When speaking of personalized diets, nightshades are a consideration for a growing number of people.   Sometimes people eliminate common food sensitivities such as gluten, corn and dairy, but continue to have inflammatory symptoms.  I see that eliminating nightshades can be very helpful for some clients, especially those with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Hashimoto’s.  For me, nightshades trigger headaches.

The edible plants in the Solanaceae family (commonly known as nightshade family) include tomatoes, tomatillos, potatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers and eggplant.  Less commonly known are tobacco, goji berries and ashwagandha.   All Solanaceae plants contain alkaloid compounds that act like a pesticide for the plant, making some of these plants highly toxic to consume.  The edible plants have a lower alkaloid content, yet may pose a problem to sensitive individuals.

Here is a salsa option for those of you that avoid or limit tomatoes and peppers.

Nightshade-Free Peach Salsa

This salsa recipe uses peaches as the sweet flavor and radishes for the spice.  The lime and cilantro give it the flavor you expect from salsa.  I’ve made this salsa a few times and enjoy it with ground grass-fed beef, veggies and sweet potato chips for a nightshade-free Mexican meal.  Let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach, pit removed and diced
  • ½ medium cucumber, diced
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 radishes, diced
  • Large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • Generous pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Enjoy!