Beets are one of the largest crops grown in the StHealthy Garden. Beets are earthy, neutral in nature, and have a sweet flavor, especially when cooked. They are wonderful in salads, soups, and make beautiful dips.
Aloe vera is a common cactus found in many homes, I mean who hasn't been slathered up with aloe vera after a horrible suburn? Known as the first aid kit in a plant, aloe is an amazing food for many reasons:
Sprouting is a fast and easy way to add nutritious foods that are full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to your diet. Growing your own sprouts, either in jars or seeds is rewarding and can be done anytime of the year! Listen to the Hunt Harvest Health Podcast #25 to hear Dr. Hillary talk more about the why and how’s of sprouting!
When most think of nettles, they think of a weed that needs avoidance due to it's "stinging nettles". I like to think of plants like this as protectors of the secrets- they try to keep you away, smart beyond our years, and they usually hold a nutritional bounty.
What is it about dandelions that make them so resilient? Every spring they appear in hordes and take over our grassy lawns and gardens. Found in almost all four corners of North America, dandelions are not given the great healing, and culinary quality, that they deserve. Like nettles, most people see them as pests, but if you look closer you will see a tonic plant like no other!
One of my favorite foods growing up was dill pickles, and to this day, pretty much anything with dill will be gone lick-ity-split in our house. Fresh dill is the best, but after a good season, harvesting dry seeds for pickling and canning is a great way to add digestive support to any food.
Blanketing the ground in the spring, there is no doubt that morels are the King of Mushrooms. Popping up under dying elm trees, sick or diseased white firs, poplars and cottonwoods, the morel is happiest in the worst of conditions.
It's likely mint is one of the most popular tastes and smells in our culture. Spearmint and peppermint gum, peppermint oil, candy canes, and a cup of mint tea, are found in most households. Mint has a strong stimulating response, and when put into the air, is cleansing and refreshing. Even though we find this strong herb in many candies, oils, or teas, it's unusual for many to think of it as a food.