The other day I finished work early and came home to evening twilight. It was still light enough to see and I went clamoring around my neighbor's garden looking for weeds. I've been inviting myself into her garden, you see, and I fully expected to see her coming out to talk to me and see what invaders I'd removed from her lawn and her precious garden! But no, she was off this weekend to the country with her son, a stay-cation well-spent with the family.
I found some Malva growing on her lawn and some large Galinsoga, or Gallant Soliders (also called Quickweed), growing in a shady corner of the garden. I spotted a few large Strawberry leaves, but they didn't call me much to pick them.
Then I moseyed on to the front of her garden, close to the street, where I knew I would find some large Violet leaves hiding below some hedges. Lo and behold, what else did my little eyes spy? Some bright purple flashes of color that on closer inspection..was it? Really? Oh yes, indeed! Prunella!
I've written about Self-Heal before and I just love making an infusion with her. She helps to mop up fat and get the lymphatic system cleaned out, pipes that so few of really consider nowadays. But alas, she is also considered an alterative, so she does help with overall functioning of the body and that means that she is a gentle tonic that nourishes all bodily systems. That also means you can take her every day as a nourishing infusion :)
I ended up crouching down to pick up a good bunch of bright flowers and did indeed find some Violet leaves under the bushes as well as just in front of the bushes. The ones in the sun were light green whereas the ones in the shade were a lovely shade of dark green...It got me thinking suddenly that I need (and want!) to visit Buckthorn woods, where there were several Violet plants that had the largest leaves I've seen yet. They were growing on the edge of the trail, but still quite in the shade under large trees. Prunella also grows there, as well as Plantain. I've been able to find quite a few Plantain plants these year, but as always the leaves are so small! The leaves in the woods, just like with Prunella, are given their full way to reach their potential, and I love the shiny energy that smiles back at me when I pick those leaves!
Oooh, writing about Buckthorn Woods and my plant friends is getting me so excited! I haven't spent much time out in the woods and forests, especially with all this rain! It's just been one day of rain after another, or a day of sun followed by a day of rain. Bah! I need 2-3 days of no rain if I want to collect herbs! They have to be dry, not all soggy and wet!
In any case, I will have to plan a day where I can get to some fields and collect a large bunch of Red Clover. She is a pricey herb in the shops, just like Stinging Nettle. Speaking of which, when I visited Bellefield, they had chopped many of the Nettle plants close to the ground, so I am hoping I will be able to collect a good bunch when they regrow come the fall! Otherwise, I would like to collect the ones in seed now and get them juiced or steam them and throw them into the blender for a delish veggie smoothie! Yep, Stinging Nettle takes like a mean green spinach substitute, very high in iron. You can also make dry her leaves and take an infusion or her daily: 2 cups of Nettle to 4 cups water in a 1-liter mason jar. Put this into infusion into your water bottle, you can dilute if it's too strong. It's like drinking liquid chlorophyll instead of water, and nettle is high in calcium, protein, silicon, magnesium and many of the other trace minerals. A prized herb to be sure to have around with whatever the season!
At the bus depot the other day, I took several pics of wild plants all around. There was:
Liver Cleansing Tea Recipe
I've been making a delish infusion lately of equal amounts Violet, Prunella and White Clover (trifolium repens). I also add in a few TBsp of Dandy root and Burdock root and a good fistful of dried Nettle. This makes a great liver cleansing/tonifying tea :) You can drink it as is or use it as the liquid in smoothie recipes. I've even used the liquid from this infusion to make hot chocolate and to make regular orange pekoe tea! Plus, you can even use the liquid as a fertilizer for your plants! Use about 1/4 the tea and then fill up the rest of the watering can with water :)
Since I'll be visiting Buckthorn Woods soon, I expect I will also be running into Goldenrod, whom I saw blooming in someone's front garden the other day, and Wild Aster. Both have edible leaves and medicinal properties, and I'll tell you about those next time around ---well, after I've visited the woods first ;)
In ending this post, I have decided that instead of sharing ALL the plants that I've planted in my balcony garden (information overload!!), I will discuss 3 of them at a time in a future post.
Pray for sunshine, sunshine, because the late summer season is almost here and shiny plant friends are waiting to be seen and enjoyed. Stay bright! :)
PS. I've posted some pics below!! :]
I made 2 trips to Bellefield this week. Here are my musings:
Trip 1, Tuesday
The weather has been hot and humid. Labor Day came late this year and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a record day for heat---try 39C! When you looked outside, no one was out. Not only were all the shops closed, but it seemed everyone was picnicked out. Not much fun having a picnic with ice cream melting down your arm ;P
I spent Labor Day weekend working, but I was able to go for a jaunt to Bellefield on Tuesday. Although there had been a roiling (but passing) storm on Monday night ---indeed, I had put metal to the pedal to get me and my bike home before it rained and had just made it---[tuff if you ain't fancying that English!) I decided to go and get some Yarrow at Bellefield.
I wanted to get some Yarrow to make myself a tincture. Nope, not fond of making tinctures, but lately I've gotten into the swing of it, especially as I think I might have a gut infection. I've been taking Echinacea tincture for now, although I have some Yarrow tincture that will be ready soon. I wanted to make some more Yarrow tincture and I plan on making one with Marigold as well.
As it had rained, some of the plants were wet. That also meant the mosquitoes were about. Great! More bug bites for me! I started collecting some yarrow leaves as soon as I got to the field, not sure if I'd find any flowers. I looked about and collected some large Plantain leaves and a few Dandelion leaves. Amazing how plants regrow back quickly, especially so-called "weeds!" I noticed there were several plants with Red Clover flowers that had sprouted and there were quite a few nice lookin' leaves for the pickin'! I vowed to come back, because the leaves were wet, plus I wanted to pass by the alcohol store to get some 40% alcohol to make a tincture.
I was able to find several crushed down Yarrow plants that had still decided to send up their flowers. I appreciated all the flowers I found, bemoaning the fact that the field had been aplenty with Yarrow flowers and now all was gone, gone gone. I even found one pink Yarrow and was so delighted :)
Again, I thanked my blessings that I was able to find enough Yarrow flowers, which is really where the medicine is concentrated. I told all the flowers as I was cutting them off from the plants that I needed their medicine to heal my gut infection...They all seemed more than willing to help a gal like me out ;)
I noticed that the Evening Primrose plant I had spotted last time around was gone. Seemed someone had come and plucked her up. But I did notice this beautiful bouquet of low growing Wild Asters (low growing because they had been crushed down, remember). See pic below.
Hm, and what was this? Looked like nettle. Was it really nettle? I had seen some plants before that looked like nettle, but they were all in seed. When I had touched one plant, it seemed to be stingless.
Well, only one way to find out.
I touched the leaf. Nope, nothing. Maybe it was dead-nettle?
I touched the stem.
I looked more closely. Yep, stingers alright. I got picked again, and again, as I clipped at 3 nettle plants.
Yippee! I had found stinging nettle!! I knew she grew wild, but this was the first time I had found her!
I looked at the time. 5:15. OK, 15 minutes more and then I would bike to the alcohol store.
I stopped to take a look at these tall plants in seeds, growing beside the Jewelweed close to where the stream was located.
Yes, yes! They were all nettle plants! Stinging nettle plants! Yipee!
I looked closer. They were not all in seed. There were a few smaller plants that hadn't formed seeds.
Aha! Lucky for me!
Yes, you don't want to get nettle when in seed. She'll irritate your kidneys instead of healing them. BUT, what you can do is to cut the plant, when it is seed, so that it will have time to regrow, and then you can harvest her later. Nettle is in the mint family, so all you have to do is find where there are two little leaves growing, and cut the stem just above where the leaves are growing. It could be really low on the plant, close to the base where she's growing out of the ground, or higher up. Just make sure you cut off all the parts that have seeds.
That's what I did. Since I know I'll be coming back to Bellefield and these plants won't be hacked down because they are growing close to the water and not on the field (which is where they'll put up the condos), I cut several plants to take off the bits with the seeds. There were many plants growing in this one area, some almost as tall as me (they must be about 4-5 feet tall).
I collected the plants that were not in seed and got stung quite a few times as I didn't bring any gloves with me :0 But I will next time! I know that there are tons of nettles growing on the path leading to the other bridge, so I'll check out those plants next time around. I'll probably do the same thing and chop off their seeds---although you can tincture the seeds to use as medicine.
I have nettle growing in a few containers, no way is she growing as tall as these wild beauties are! If you aren't growing nettles, however, you should be. Susun Weed wrote a book called Healing Wise, on just 5 plants and nettle was one of them. She's considered a nourishing plant and you can dry her leaves and drink an infusion (or tea) every single day.
Here are a few benefits about drinking nettle tea every day. Actually, after finding my prickly friend, I think I'm going to write an article about her benefits.
You can also eat nettles like spinach by boiling them for 2-5 minutes. All the stingers will be neutralized, don't worry ;P
And then there's nettle, infused in oil and used to help with dandruff, dry scalp, and balding/losing hair (in both men and women).
Trip 2, Thursday
I had said that I wanted to go back to Bellefield, and I most certainly did! I checked on the nettles as I was coming up the path. Wow, I really hadn't noticed the thick stems on those nettles! You can definitely see that nettles are in the mint family with those thick, square stems (yes, square stems = plant is in the mint family. Cool botany tip). My plants growing in the pot seem like babies compared to these huge giants! Anyway, I'm sure glad that I found tons of nettle and I think I'll be able to harvest them again in October. Well, we'll just see, now won't we!
Passed over the bridge and went straight to the field. There had been another brief shower yesterday, I believe, as the Red Clover flowers seemed just slightly wet. Another wow, because I can't believe I'm collecting Red Clover in September! In previous years, where I was collecting in other fields, by August all the plants were gone. I suspect that it might be because the plants got trampled, that they are now regrowing in. I collected some of the flower heads that were still green. Funny I should do so as my herb teacher told us the brighter, the more potent medicine! But I feel that the buds are vibrant, too, just like rose buds, only their energy is different than the flowers in full bloom.
I wasn't so attracted to collecting Red Clover leaves this time, but I did find a bunch of Dandelion and some Plantain leaves. I saw some thistles, not sure if they are Bull Thistles or Canadian Thistles, but haven't been too keen on the juicing lately. While I was most reverent to the thistle who volunteered for the juice experiment, I felt it wasn't exactly right somehow. Perhaps I'll have to take some thistle seeds from another plant and make sure they get spread around. You know, offer something back, because that thistle plant never got a chance to make baby seeds. Not sure exactly. Will have to ask other thistle plants about using them for a juice, or maybe just take some leaves and not cut the whole plant down as I did. Meditate, meditate...
Met a friend while out in the field. I was just about to investigate those nettle plants on the path when friend and his doggy showed up. He said they are definitely going to build condos right where we are standing, that they have already started putting in phone lines under the ground (thanks for that, I didn't think I'd be hauling up roots here in Bellefield anyway!). I suspect that they will leave the little path with the 2 bridges. Good thing, too, because after we parted ways, I went to take a good look at them nettles yonder (as Mr. Wilson, might say ;)).
Oh yes, all nettle, all tall, mostly in seed. Some had brown seeds and were pretty much dying back, others had white seeds. I was about to leave when I spotted a smaller, baby Nettle growing in front of the taller ones. Oh goody! I got on my dish gloves and collected her. Then I noticed a few others and collected some of those. Then I started pruning back some of the seeds on the tall Nettles. I felt funny suddenly, conscious of myself when a woman and her dog passed by. There I was, out in the "wild," with dish gloves and pruning nettles! Too funny! I do have a thick pair of gardening gloves, ya know. I use those dish gloves when I prune the nettles in my pots. I just grabbed those when I was heading out the door. They got a fine hole in them so I won't be using them anymore, you'll be happy to know ;)
On getting myself home, I made a Marigold tincture. I had already told the plants in the 3 pots that I would be needing their medicine and I had already planted several other plants in their honor. Those plants are coming through just great, and after harvesting the Marigold for my tincture, that smell and me wanting to give back made me think I just might sow some more! The real medicine is in the flower, but I used the leaf and some of the stem as well to fill a 1-liter mason jar.
You should remember that the benefits of a plant depend on the type of menstrum used, in other words, how the medicine is prepared. In the example of Calendula, she's known as a superior vulnerary for skin issues, such as bites, stings, wounds, burns and even diaper rash. That would be her use externally, and the menstrum would be an oil.
Marigold Vulnerary Oil
Use her flowers and leaves, place them chopped and slightly packed to the top in a mason jar. Pour olive oil over them to the top of the jar, cap, let sit 6 weeks and strain. Use to heal skin issues.This oil could then be turned into a salve, using beeswax or candilila wax. To do:
Grate beeswax so that you have 1 ounce. Use this amount of beeswax for every 1 cup of Marigold oil. Place both in a pot and let the wax melt. Test the firmness: scoop a bit of the liquid mixture onto a spoon and place the spoon in the freezer. After 5 minutes, take out and see if the texture is to your liking. If not, add in a bit more beeswax to harden or more oil to make it thinner. Have your jars or containers at the ready BEFORE you make this recipe, because that hot oil/beeswax will harden QUICKLY. Having a pot with a lip/spout also works wonders, but you can also transfer the contents to the pot to a measuring cup. Now pour into your containers, let cool, cap and store in a cool, dry place. Use on chaffed skin, chapped lips, baby's diaper rash, dermatitis, burns, sores, wounds, cuts and scrapes. Carry some with you in your bag/purse. Great to have on hand as part of a natural, first-aid kit. FYI: Check out Mountain Rose Herbs for candilila wax and beeswax, also sold in pastilles. Candilila = bee friendly, esp. if you identify as a vegan :)
Using Marigold internally, you could dry her flowers and leaves and make an infusion with her or you could tincture her in alcohol. What for? Internally, she has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, useful for healing chronic infections. She's also used as a febrifuge (which means she has cooling energy). Her astringent and antispasmodic properties make her an excellent emmenagogue, useful to bring on late menses and help with menstrual cramps. She's also a boon to the liver, helpful as a cholagogue to stimulate the flow of bile and help with fat digestion.
The dose for tinctures varies, you should know: it depends on the person (e.g., personality, weight, adult or child), the ailment and its severity, the herb that is being used, and also on the philosophy of the herbalist/natural practitioner (for example, some will work with smaller doses on a more energetic level while others will use a standard dose or even a higher dose and work on a physical level). It may be as little as 1 drop (e.g. poke root) for strong medicine or as much as several dropperfuls hourly or even less than hourly, especially for acute conditions. 5-15 drops can be just fine; often 1 dropperful or 30 drops or 1 tsp is recommended.
Chop flower heads. Take off leaves from stems and chop. Add to mason jar of your size, slightly packed. Pour 40-50% alcohol to the top. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Strain and store in a dark amber bottle.
I found an interesting friend, hanging out on the edge of the doorway, close to the screen. He wanted to be let out. I wasn't even sure that he was an insect until he moved! He reminded me of the earth element, stable and patient. He waited until I snapped a few pics of him and then, off he flew back into the open! Check his pics below :)
Next week, thinkin' to go root bound, that is, to get me some roots. Dandy? Maybe. Burdock and Yellow Dock? Oh yeah. I'll be getting my workout ;)
Keep you posted? For sure! 'Til then, keep it sunny, sunshine!
Got lots of pics of Appley Love field, so listen, er, look up!
I returned to Appley Love field after second-guessing myself. I started flipping through my reference book of trees that grow in my area. Suddenly, my first impressions of the trees as crabapples (as I had written about in my last post) seemed all wrong. Did these trees have thorns? Were they perhaps hawthorn trees ---as my herbology teacher had told us they were difficult to identify because the leaves were so variable--- or perhaps service berries? Or pin cherries? That dark crabapple looked like a plum, so some sort of plum species?
It seemed my intuition had gone out the window. In its place was a fervent curiosity to find out. I took several pics of the trees, of the trunk, leaves and fruits. It was an especially hot day, and being in the field meant pants and closed shoes. It was well over 30 degrees and I felt like passing out from the sheer heat. The sweat was dripping down my tshirt, and all I was doing was standing.
I was standing next to a tree that I was sure was a crabapple, and proceeded to munch on it. By munch I mean I took 4 bites because these are tiny, sour delicacies! I felt itchy suddenly, and sure enough, who was there but mosquito. Not sure if she brought her friends, but I wasn't interested to find out. I sprayed myself with a pricey citronella insect repellent I had brought from the health food store. It had worked last time, let's see if it would again.
I felt this itchiness on my shoulder.
Hello, who's this?
An orange and black caterpillar! Similar-looking to the sleeping caterpillars I had seen before (see pic below). Identification solved! They are known as Milkweed Tussock Moths. Interesting that they feed off milkweed plants and are able to utilize the cardiac glycosides (toxic to us). Their predator is the bat, and they send an ultrasonic signal to warn bats that they taste bad. They develop into a large brown moth. You can read more about them here.
Ah, must've brushed up against this moth going through the field. I didn't know who this little fella was at the time and he wasn't too interested when I offered him an apple. I saw him open his mouth to take a bite and he didn't seem thrilled!!
I continued to take several snapshots of the trees. There was so much Goldenrod in this field, as I mentioned in previous posts, and I was able to collect many that had buds. Good, too, because a few of the plants I had collected had flowers that went dandelion on me. By that, I mean their flowers turned fluffy. I don't really care for fluffy flowers when it comes tea time :)
You remember last time I had mentioned that I was too pooped to get those Wild Grapes? Well, I made the time, yesiree, and they are SO good and sweet! I had brought an apple, carrot and sow thistle juice with me and there was no need for it, munching on crabapples and sweet, oh-so-friggin'-yummy (excuse the vernacular) grapes. I didn't take any leaves, but berries I did collect :) I might make a jam or just eat them as is. There are still grapes that I left behind because they weren't all ripe, still turquoise in color.
Yes, fall is upon. I could tell today when doing my "chore" of cleaning the floors. It was going on 8 o'clock at night and the sun was almost gone.
The days are getting shorter, I thought.
No they're not, I countered myself. The days are the same, just the light is getting less.
Which means in the south they are getting more light during the day.
All in the balance, my dear, all is balance.
Going back to those crabapples, there's this great identification group on FB called Plant Identification. I've mentioned them before. Their sole purpose is to help you to identify a plant, a plant that you don't know what it is. One of the admins was on there at the same time I was uploading the pics of the trees, so I got my confirmation of what my intuition had already told me: malus, aka, crabapple.
I did ask what species but was told there are over 1000s and there are many hybrids :( The area where I am foraging used to be all farmland and as far as I know, that lot has been abandoned for as long as I've known it, 15+ years. Of course, I only thought to go and explore this field last year...Yep, foraging was a foreign thing to me 15 years ago, back when I was starting my journey in the field of mental health and fitness, going to school, studying, working 2 different jobs...ah, you know the lifestyle ;)
In the pics below, you'll see 3 different types of crabapples. And then there is one tree ---the one that is NOT elderberry as I had surmised last post---that is Common Buckthorn. Oh yeah, she tastes yucky. This Buckthorn is NOT like Sea Buckthorn, of which the antioxidant oil is used to help with skin issues, weight loss and GERD. No, common Buckthorn has a bitter, nauseous taste. Her other name is Purgative Buckthorn, so you can guess that her use is as a purgative.
No foraging today because of a big storm yesterday, but it was another hot and humid day, all the moisture might've evaporated and I mighta had a go at it. Nope, did a bit of gardening instead:
And what of those rip hips? Oh, my dearie, they are almost r-e-a-d-y! Almost. I may go and collect some tomorrow. Some are still orange but many are bright red. Now is the time to get them because they will be pruned back come September. Yes, if you are able to get them after the frost they taste sweeter, but I ain't going for taste. I'm going for a facial oil! Their Vitamin C is potent now as well, and those ripe haws, or berries, are going to be soaking/infusing in some oil real soon, sweetie pie. You bet.
Might go and have a look yonder at Bellefield tomorrow, feast on some Jewelweed pods, collect some Red Clover and maybe even some Bull Thistles for green juice. Or I might take a jaunt in the woods and take pics and find new friends, which I've been meaning to do.
It's all in the journey, baby :)
Stay in the moment sunshine :)
Ps. Been making all kinds of recipes with Chokecherries and Rowan Berries: jelly, gummy candies, jello, a chia drink, pudding, even a pie...Think it'll make a great ebook! Sweetened with stevia, of course, so good for those with sugar issues or even those for candida!
I think it's time that foraging and naturopathy meet ;)
PPs. Forgot to mention that I also got confirmation on another tree in Appley Love: Russian Olive. I figured it was an olive tree, but the olives are kinda mealy :P Maybe I'll add them to soups or just use the seeds... Enjoy the photos :)
So they mowed the lawn at work. Ack, just bare flat grass, nothing else to be seen. Well, hiding in the "shadows," where the lawn mower missed, are a few plants, mainly wood sorrel and some hop clover. Yep, on closer inspection, pretty much wood sorrel. Good for a nibble, but might throw it into my mean green paté. More on that later.
Green crab apples are usable to make jelly! Oh yes, I was reading about it on FB, in a group called Foragers Unite. I've made crabapple jelly before using red, ripe apples, but never the unripe ones. Apparently, you're to use at least 50% apples with the unripe crab apples. Well, thata make sense, because I'm figurin' them crabapples ain't too sweet!
As usual, the recipe also calls to add sugar at the end, but I think you might be a bit too traditional, L-A-D-Y! I'd recommend using stevia to sweeten instead and using either chia seeds or gelatin to give it a thick texture. Well, I guess I'll find out when I get to makin' it, but I'll have to get me some red apples first ;)
Ho-ho! I see green crabapple J-E-L-L-Y in my future!
Makes me so fired up to try new and exciting recipes!!
On a more sour note, I realized why I haven't really been out foraging: rain, rain and more rain! They were saying on the weather channel that there's been more than the average amount of rain for this month...(sarcastically)
No kidding! One day sunny, one day rain. Or part sun, then rain. Or a thunderstorm. Or a sun shower. Like today. Sunny, not cloudy, soon to be raining (again!) tonight. Yeah, I don't see foraging happening...Grrrr.
Anyway, yesterday I made a little trip on the bike to the mall but for once I didn't feel like foraging. Doesn't happen too often, but the only thing I collected was a small ziploc bag's worth of lamb's quarter leaves. Yep, that there family (as Mr. Wilson would say) is sure gettin' on real well!
And wouldn't ya know, who did I encounter but a mysterious lil guy (maybe it was a gal?). A black-spotted, orange critter, munchin' on a withered leaf, this critter had a friend with him beside the capsella (Shephard's purse) patch. Yep, this was right behind the mall, in the same place as the lamb's quarter family. Right behind the plants, which are housed in concrete raised beds, is a large fence that has several backyards. Backyards = people growing food probably, and this critter, while he looks like a labybird/ladybug, is really a potato beetle larva.
Uh-oh, that spells trouble. Apparently, these guys and gals are real big eaters! And not just for potatas, but eggplants, peppers and tomatas, too. And they reproduce. A lot. And they have developed quite the resistance to insecticides. You can read more about them on the Wiki here or here and check out a few organic tips here and here (including using ladybugs to help manage them). Nope, never seen any growing in my weedy balcony garden ;P
Oh yeah, getting back to those lamb's quarter leaves that I collected.
What did I do with them? Actually, I haven't used those particular leaves just yet, but I did use some other ones from my balcony garden to make...
Ta-dah, a paté! I suppose you could call it a pesto, although pesto usually has oil in it and my recipe has none.
I made today's using green beans, wild carrot leaves, a touch of dandelion leaves and Shephard's purse seeds (spicy, zippy taste so good pepper substitute) with some seeds and miso. Shoulda taken off the wild carrot leaves from the stems as it was a touch fibrous, but really, really good on flax crackers.
Yesterday I made a mean green pesto with avocado and chickweed and a touch of lamb's quarter.
And the other day I made one with nettle and borage leaves. Oh yes, those borage leaves can be mighty hairy! But steam them for 1-2 minutes, and they soften up just fine!
Nah-uh, not gonna share recipes because I'm writin' them up and gonna put them into ebooks! I have tons of recipes and it's just a matter of time to get them into books. I'm going to do little ebooks because I find when you have so many recipes in one big recipe book...Well, I mean have you ever made all the recipes in just 1 recipe book?
I never have.
And most recipe books don't have pics so you don't even know what you're makin'! I usually end up adapting most of the recipes in books, anyway, because they usually have some unsavory ingredient or other in them, like sugar or unnecessary oil. Or eggs. Or meat. Or corn, soy, gluten, salt, yeast, dairy, or...ya know, like it says at the top of this website page ;)
Pretty much the theme of this website :))
Yeppers, I go through phases. Before it was all about green smoothies, then it was green juices. Then it got cold and it was all about green soups. Then summer came again and it was all about wild green edible salads. Then back to soups, but this time with wild green edibles. Now the warmer weather is back and it's mean green pesto time! Well, ya shoulda figured by now that the theme is GREEN!! Green is so much more than the "new beef." Green is HOT, green is ALWAYS in every spring, summer and (to a certain extent) fall! All diets agree on one food group: veggies! And greens are low cal, low glycemic, promote weight loss, plus offer up a host of minerals and vitamins (including protein such as dark-rich greened spinach and kale)---everything the body needs!
And on that note, I'm signing off hoping for sunny foragin' weather... :)
Curiosity Got The Cat: