Spring Garden Salad

Spring Garden Salad

Last week we were invited to a potluck celebration. We put together a salad with 25 ingredients that were local and organic. Most of them were growing in our community garden. The rest came from our local farmer’s market. The salad included:

Lettuce – 4 different varieties
Kale – 3 varieties
Swiss Chard
Collard Greens
Mustard Greens
Bok Choy
Beet Greens
Sweet Potato – Grated
Green Onion
English Peas
Snow Peas
Mexican Sage

It was so much fun to do a walkabout of the garden and collect all the edibles that were ready for picking. We tossed it lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salad got rave reviews.

What is growing in your garden that you would add to this salad?

Experience Nature through your Food Ebook

Introducing a new ebook we think you’re REALLY going to like!

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This delightfully engaging ebook invites connection with nature and inspires transformation and adventures of the heart.

I co-authored and published this ebook with Angelyn Whitmeyer of IdentifyThatPlant. It’s been a very exciting project to work on, and besides the end result of a beautiful, inspiring book, we have also created New Earthlings Press.

With a beautiful ebook format,  we offer 42 guided experiences to help you become more aware and to take inspired personal action to re-forge your connection between nature and food.

Joyfully, we are donating 10% of the sales proceeds of this ebook to A Promise of Health, to support their pioneering homeopathic healthcare model, delivering sustainable and effective care to Mexico’s medically underserved indigenous people.

Will you help us make this a wildly successful venture?

Please visit New Earthlings Press for reviews and more info about the book and the press, and to purchase your copy of the ebook. Do you know someone who loves nature (and/or food) and might be interested in this ebook? Please share this blogpost with them, and also post on Facebook, Linked In, Pinterest and any other social media sites you participate in. Also, we welcome your ideas regarding who might enjoy and benefit from the book.

Thank you for your participation in this creative project!

Claire Mandeville



Useful Foraging Resource

Do you have an interest in foraging for edible wild plants?

Are you particularly interested in medicinal plants?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, I think you will find this new resource very useful and accurate. Angelyn Whitmeyer, on her Identify That Plant Foraging Resources webpage, states that this list is “meant to be a starting point for you to put you in touch with some of the best available material.” It includes listings of books and websites for both medicinal and edible wild plants, as well as some resources for edible wild plant recipes.

And while you’re at it, look around the rest of the site.  It is a plant lover’s dream come true!

Click here to visit the Edibles Foraging Resource page.  ENJOY!  And leave a comment to tell our readers about your experience.

Moringa – The Miracle Tree

Here’s a good example of a medicinal plant that grows really well in hot, dry climates. The seeds are full of oil for cooking, cosmetics, or lubrication. The presscake – the stuff that’s left over after pressing the seed – is used for water purification. The leaves have lots of vitamin A. Moringa is rich in a wide variety of nutrients and anti-oxidant compounds, in potent amounts. Moringa, which grows well in Hardiness Zones 9 and 10, might help alleviate hunger and nutritional imbalances in those places where the plant would thrive.

Consider that all over the world plants are quietly growing, offering food that truly nourishes and sustains humans. What is growing in your bioregion that you don’t recognize as food? What used to grow abundantly, but has been discouraged from thriving because it is seen as a “weed” or a “nuisance?” Which native plants could be reintroduced, or, if they’re still around, could be nurtured to grow, and be rediscovered as a plant with great value for both humans and the larger ecosystem? Look again!


RosehipsFall and the rosehips are ready for picking!

Rose hips are the edible and nutritious fruit of the rose plant.  Rose hips are rich in Vitamin C, A, D and E, iron and flavonoids. They also contains essential fatty acids which are involved in tissue regeneration and retinoic acid, supporting skin rejuvenation and healing of skin damage.  Rose hip tea can also soothe the nervous system and relieve exhaustion.

The vitamin content of the hips varies depending on the species, the growing environments, climate, manner of harvest, and the care taken in drying and storage. The hips of roses grown in cooler climates have been found to have a higher content of vitamin C.

The Practical Herbalist website gives some useful information on harvesting and storing rosehips.