Violet Infused Honey

Violet Honey time! Violet honey is a wonderful way to preserve these delightful springtime flowers. The flowers are edible, honey is edible, why not combine them? Violet flowers and leaves are both very moistening, making each ideal for dry and irritated tissues. Violet tea and violet infused honey can bring instant relieve to sore throats…

Flower Power Pop-Tarts

Let’s make some buttery homemade pop-tarts filled with your favorite edible flowers! Spring and summer are the perfect months to make these delightful, rich, and not so difficult breakfast treats. The best part is, they can be frozen and stored for later! I’m all about preserving the bounty that comes with the warmer seasons. How…

Violets (Viola spp.)

Violets (Viola spp.) Family: Violaceae Some common names include wild pansy, viola, and heartsease. There are over 600 species of violets throughout the world and many modern cultivars! Parts Used: flowers, leaves Energetics: cooling, moistening Taste: sweet, salty Plant Properties: alterative, demulcent, inflammatory modulator, lymphagogue, mild sedative Plant Uses: congested lymph, food, dry inflamed tissues,…

Violet Flower Jelly

Violets are certainly a springtime favorite! The beauty, food, and medicine they provide for all is a gift. Violets can be found growing in damp, shady areas. The flowers and leaves are edible and offer both cooling and moistening properties. Nibble on each and see for yourself how they taste and feel in your mouth….

Yellow Petal Jelly

Each year I struggle with the idea of gathering dandelions and taking from the pollinators. Dandelions are one of the first foods for the pollinators in New Hampshire and many of them are sprayed or removed. Let’s be honest, do we really NEED to eat the dandelions to survive or do we just WANT to?…

Maytime Bread

In New Hampshire, May is that time of year when the air begins to smell sweet! The trees are budding, the violets blooming, and tiny bits of green are emerging from the ground. We begin to gather and nibble on plants around the yard during this special time of year. This month we’ve decided to…

Maple Blossom Fritters

Big leaf maple trees bloom from April to early May here in New Hampshire and what a treat it is! Such a beautiful bouquet of yellow-green blossoms. The flowering clusters emerge in the spring, right before the leaves grow. Each stalk is full of nectar and taste pleasantly sweet. They can easily be plucked from…

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Ground Ivy, also commonly known as Creeping Charlie, is a fast growing ground cover with ‘hoof’ shaped leaves. Other names it goes by include Gill-over-the-ground, Alehoof, Gill-go-by-the-Hedge, and Run-away-robin. This plant is not related to Ivy but is, instead, to the Mint family. Identifying You’ll find a square stem and opposite growing, kidney-shaped leaves, similar…

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle (Urtica spp.) Family: Urticaceae Parts Used: young leaves, seeds, and roots Energetics: cooling, drying Taste: salty Plant Properties: nutritive herb, diuretic, alterative, adaptogen, astringent Plant Uses: weak hair/bones/teeth, fatigue, arthritis, eczema, metabolism, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, sluggish metabolism Plant Preparations: nourishing herbal infusion, tincture, tea, freeze-dried capsules, food When preparing to eat…

Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta, is one of the smaller wild mustards in the Brassicaceae family.  Oddly enough, this plant is less hairy and bitter and more non-hairy and spicy! The hairs are very fine and without close inspection, you’ll miss them all together.  Identifying  Hairy Bittercress This plant consists of compound leaves with tiny leaflets…