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Edible Flower and Herb Choices

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Herbs and edible flowers are a wonderful and natural contribution to any diet. Learn what choices to make when starting to grow edible flowers and herbs for yourself.

This video, set on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is a great starting point to help you gain information and perspective on edible flowers and the choices available.

 

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edible seeds to edible flowers

Traditional Tea

In Ecuador we drank beautiful herbal teas daily, both hot and cold. Tradition here has everyone in the country drinking fresh flowers and herbs daily as part of their routine; it is not something that needs to be re-taught as it has remained part of their culture.

I shop weekly at the fresh organic farmers market where you choose your tea blend by smelling the fresh bunches of 8 to 12 herbs and flowers the farmers have put together with their favorite combinations; a great way to get a sense of what your tea will taste like. The fresh greens for salads are abundant and the varieties again chosen by what is visually appealing and fresh.

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order organic edible seeds online

We are prepping to grow our greens, herbs and edible flowers for tea and salads in containers near our kitchen so they will be a visual dangling carrot daily to tempt our palate and help us to benefit from the fresh greens that nature brings us. This video will definitely help us make good choices!

Resources

Looking for good seeds to grow edible flowers? Take a look at some of the organic choices and varieties of seeds which you can get easily online. By planting a variety you can can mix and match and come up with wonderful combinations.

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Here’s a book; Easy Growing, to get you started with container gardening to get you growing your edibles. You can have them right outside your door, making it easy to want to use them fresh instead of letting them dry out.

Remember, fresh, tasty, healthy and satisfying making your own tea fresh from the garden is fun and rewarding.

Happy Tea Time!

 

Chicken Anyone?

| October 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
live chickens for sale

live chickens for sale

Chickens here in Pedernales, are quite different.

You can buy them live or butchered.

They come prepared too. Roasted for take out, fried, grilled or breaded  … you choose. There are plenty of restaurants offering homemade dishes or butchers lining the streets where you can choose your cut and take it home to prepare yourself.

There are live chickens everywhere and in the mornings it’s the sound of those chickens that act as an alarm clock, letting everyone know that dawn is around the corner …

Oh and after they’ve woken you up they go back to sleep and quieted down into another slumber of their own.

Eat Cilantro and Live Forever

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yes that’s what the Chinese believed 2,000 years ago! Don’t know what to do with Cilantro? Here’s a great recipe for Mango Salsa that will start you off.

eat cilantro and live forever

eat cilantro

Sage as a Preservative

| September 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Did you know … sage was used as a preservative for meats?

sage preservative

sage preservative

 

Use Edible Flowers You Know

| August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

This can’t be said enough: you need to know where your edible flowers and herbs come from and only use those that haven’t been sprayed, so why not grow your own? Easy to do, grow them in containers or a garden close to the kitchen so you’ll use them because you see them everyday. They’ll also add color to world.

edible flowers can't be sprayed

 

Swear on Garlic

| August 14, 2012 | 6 Comments
ancient egyptians swore on a clove of garlic when they took solemn oaths

swear on garlic

Eat Raw Garlic

| July 23, 2012 | 7 Comments

Garlic is great any which way you eat but if you want the medicinal benefits, eat it raw.

Garlic loses medicinal value when cooked so eat it raw

Small Tomatoes are a Cancer Fighter for Men

| July 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tomatoes contain “Lycopene” which is well-known to help prevent prostate cancer. High concentrations in the skin means small tomatoes help more; so men don’t be shy about eating lots of tiny tomatoes!cherry tomatoes

How much Sugar do you drink?

| July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Do you know how much sugar you are actually consuming in the drinks you love? Well here’s a shocking chart that clarifies exactly how many teaspoons we are drinking without realizing it.

thanks to http://bethecatalyst.org/hollyaprea/posts/220-How-much-sugar-is-in-your-pop- for the poster

sugar drinks

Borage is an Edible Blue Flower

| July 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

Did you know that the borage flower is not only edible but tasty too? It tastes sweet like honey. Pluck the flower  off the plant from its center and put it on top of any dish for a beautiful edible garnish, we love it in salads!

borage flowers taste sweet like honey and are one of the few true blue edibles from Mother Nature

Mother nature hasn’t given very many blue edible choices so it’s nice to know that the borage flower is one of them.

Take a look in your garden and that big bush you think is a weed actually has several uses, and it attracts butterflies and bees alike.

Not only nice to look at borage is a tasty treat. Here are recipes you can have fun using borage and other edible flowers in. Don’t be afraid to give it a try.

A word of caution - Make sure you know where your plants have been. Any plants you harvest and eat must not have been sprayed with chemicals, if you are in doubt don’t eat from the plant.