Wild Violet Simple Syrup

Violets are wonderful spring edibles! They can grow abundantly, especially in areas where they are not native. They contain many medicinal and nutritional properties and the ways to enjoy this gift are endless. Unfortunately, these beauties only thrive in the cooler months of spring and will retreat during the hot summer days. Finding ways to…

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…

Pine (Pinus strobus)

Pine (Pinus strobus) Family: Pinaceae Genus: Pinus Largest conifer family in species diversity 250 recognized species in the world including pines, larches, spruces, firs, and hemlock Parts Used: bark, needles (leaves), pine resin, pollen, seeds Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent, bitter, sour Plant Properties: stimulating diuretic, stimulating expectorant, stimulating diaphoretic, modulates inflammation, nutrient-dense food, vulnerary,…

Burdock (Arctium lappa, A. minor)

Burdock, also known as Gobo, is one of those plants that’s been calling to me for a while now. Sometimes when you need a plant, they find a way into your life and make their presence known. A year or two ago I began gathering Stinging Nettle from a local farm. They considered this plant…

Basil Flower Tea

Basil Flower Tea Basil, oh basil, how I love you! This year the garden is filled with Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, and Holy Basil (Tulsi), however there are so many other wonderful varieties. During midsummer the plants begin to flower, and as beautiful as they are these flowery stalks need to be pinched off. The…

Save the Corn Silk!

The corn is plentiful in New England late summer early fall, as are the barbecues, friendly gatherings, and warm summer nights. It’s almost as if corn and gatherings go hand in hand. Sometimes you even need to construct a small army just to prepare it! The kids love to get involved with shucking the corn,…