FOTD – Fall Lettuce

FOTD – Fall Lettuce

I have found that by planting leftover lettuce cores with roots in my backyard, I can re-grow the tops and enjoy a second (maybe third) batch of fresh lettuce … click on title for more

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FOTD – Amaranth

FOTD – Amaranth

The Greek roots of the word Amaranth mean "unfading flower", due to its resistance to inclement weather and pests. The Nahuatl name is huāuhtli and it was cultivated in pre-Hispanic Mexico for its seeds, consumed in beverages (similar to atole), as a substitute of corn (where this crop was hard to cultivate), and even as part of a ceremonial treat … click on title for more

FOTD – Huauzontle

FOTD – Huauzontle

Huauzontle (Chenopodium nuttalliae) was amongst the new-to-me crops to try this year in my backyard garden. Huauzontle is a tall plant native to Mexico, grown for its edible seed heads, which develop from inflorescences such as the one pictured at the top of this post. Its leaves are also edible, and turn bright red in the fall, which has given this herb the name of Red Aztec Spinach ... click on title for more