- passion fruit
- winter squash--let it cure for 2 weeks at room temperature so it can sweeten up
Passion fruit vine is the host plant for this butterfly--the gulf fritillary.
Purslane is a low growing, drought tolerant succulent look alike. It contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant, and lots of other vitamins and minerals too! The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. It has a slightly sour and salty taste, and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Mexico. It may be eaten fresh as a salad or quickly stir-fried, and it can replace spinach in many recipes. Because of its mucilaginous quality, it is also good for soups and stews. But go easy on cooking it, as too long a cooking time can make it slimy. And let us know how you like it!
And here's a recipe to try!
Dandelion Basil Pesto
In a food processor, blend together all the ingredients
1 c. dandelion leaf (loosely packed)
1 c. basil leaf (loosely packed)
2 T. pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 T. nutritional yeast
1 tea. salt
1/4 tea. pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
olive oil for desired consistency, about 1/3 c.
Enjoy with pasta, cooked veggies, or simply with a tortilla!
Let us know how it comes out!