Flower of the Day – Cucurbita Pepo

Flower of the Day – Cucurbita Pepo

The species Cucurbita pepo includes several edible winter and summer squash varieties; archeological evidence in Mesoamerica, and specifically in Mexico, shows that varieties of C. pepo were probably first domesticated there, and have been grown for the past 8,000 to 10,000 years. The blossoms are bright yellow/orange,and attract pollinators, but are also pursued for human consumption … click on title for more

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Pink Ice Tea Limeade – A Natural Dye Magic Trick

Pink Ice Tea Limeade – A Natural Dye Magic Trick

I had a few leaves of aka shiso (red perilla) and a bunch of chamomile flowers from a recent harvest in my backyard. Also, there were several limes in the fridge so, when life gives you limes and herbs, make ice tea limeade! Aka shiso ice tea is a Japanese beverage, usually prepared with lemon juice, but I used lime juice and agave syrup to give it a Mexican feeling (and use what I had at hand), and chamomile to take full advantage of my harvest; all that turned out to complement the flavours very well … click on title for more

All Lined Up

All Lined Up

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned that forsythias were blooming in my garden, indicating that it was time to sow my spring crops, in particular, carrots (click here to visit my post from April 25 2019.)  Well, fast-forward to present time and, on the last day of May, I have spotted several rows of [...]