Wee harvest box #2

Remember: When drinking herbal tea or eating edible flowers always check the risks associated with it. Vulnerable people, elderly, children or pregnant women should avoid using some of them. All produce are pesticide free and may contain some intruders 🐌. Wash before eating

These edible flowers are grown without pesticide. Do not consume flowers from florists, garden centres or shops as they might have been sprayed.

Something quite different today in your box is lime tree leaves! They can be added to your salad and the flowers are used in herbal tea.

(Red) currant leaves are commonly dried and used as a herbal tea. Once our black currant leaves are ready, let’s make a Finnish drink called ‘Louhisaaren Juoma‘. Black currant leaves have much more flavour and the stem smells nice too!

The Melissa is quite abundant in the garden, you can dry it so put it straight in your mug for a nice herbal tea.

Your posy contains tulips, honesty, wild garlic flower, and Forget-me-not

Chop you wild garlic flowers and chives, incorporate to some cream cheese and place a scoop in your tulip petal, decorate with Forget-me-not.

All parts of the Honesty (lunaria, moonwort and other common names) can be eaten. You can see the seed pods forming. An easy way to recognise them is the shape of the flower. It is part of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family like cabbage. Cruciferae meaning ‘cross-bearing’ in Latin describes the shape of the flower forming a cross. Let’s try the seeds in a few weeks: they taste like horseradish or mustard and can be crushed with a little water for a mustard alternative.

You have in your box the first radishes of the season ! Chop them and add them to your salad along with the claytonia and chopped fennel leaves. Make a tasteful lovage vinaigrette! Don’t bin the radish leaves, use them to make a soup! Purple sprouting broccoli and bean and pasta soup sounds delicious. Use up your celery, leek and onion too!

If you are not in a mood for soup, mix your chard, purple sprouting broccoli leaves, radish tops and any other greens you have in the fridge to make a stir fry.

We have been sharing many rhubarb recipes (crumble, cordial, pastry) but have you ever made pickled rhubarb?

Big Thank you for today’s helpers: John, Farzana and Sue ! 👏🏼

Feel free to share your recipes with us on fb or by email: ndmaxinfo@gmail.com

Next harvest box on 29th, May, 2023. Order on Sunday 28th!

Published by Nadegegrows

Garden Assistant/Tend and Share project worker

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