Greens: Arugula, Kale (a variety), Swiss Chard, Sorrell, Purple Orach (Summer Spinach), Mustard Greens, Bok Choi, and more!
Carrots (a rainbow of colors), Beets (a rainbow of colors), Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers (Sweet and Hot), Heirloom Pole Beans, Summer and Winter Squashes, Pears, Apples, and More!
Herbs: Basil (Genovese Sweet Green and Thai), Oregano, Mint, Chives, Lavender, and Rosemary.
1 c melon (if frozen, omit the ice)
1 lemon cucumber or one small tendergreen
leaves from 3 sprigs of mint
1 tbsp honey or agave (optional)
five ice cubes
one batch of lavender simple syrup (see recipe below)
ten mint leaves, muddled
12-16 oz white rum
juice from 3 lemons
fill with ice and sparkling water
Lavender simple syrup
Bring one cup sugar, one cup water, and 5 sprigs of dried lavender to a boil until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
Squash Medley over Grains
3 c cooked quinoa
1 c chopped delicata
1 c chopped yellow crookneck
1 c chopped zucchini
1 c chopped eggplant
1/2 c. sliced onion
4 cloves garlic (diced)
cajun seasoning (cayenne, cumin, black pepper, etc.)
juice from 1/2 lemon
Steam the delicata until tender. Set aside. In a large wok or frying pan, add garlic to hot oil for 2 minutes. Then add the yellow crook neck, zucchini, eggplant , and onion. Cover and cook until slightly tender. Then add delicata and cook for 3 minutes. Turn the heat off and add lemon juice and seasoning. Serve over quinoa, bulghar, or other grain.
Deliciously crisp, healthy cucumbers are one of the first summer vegetables ready for garden harvest. Though you might have to brush aside prickly leaves to uncover your ripe cucumbers, the brief irritation is worth it for that cool, crunchy cuke (and you can always wear gloves to protect your hands from the prickles).
Cucumbers are thought to have originated in southern Asia and have long been grown for food, as well as a skin-healing agent. As a food, the veggie is largely water, giving it that cool refreshing taste, but it also contains vitamin C and fiber (in the peel). From a skin-care perspective, cucumbers are most often thought of for topical use to reduce swelling, typically for bags under the eyes or mild burns. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid found in cucumbers give these remedies scientific backbone. Eating cucumbers can also be good for your complexion. They’re natural hydrators, and they contain silica – an essential component of healthy connective tissues.
In general, there two categories of cucumbers: the slicing type and the pickling type. Slicing cucumbers include varieties like Long Green and burpless. These long, dark green yummies have relatively smooth skin, and they grow anywhere from 6-12 inches long. Then there are the pickling cucumbers. These short, light green veggies have rather bumpy or prickly skin. Pickling cucumbers are harvested when they’re just 3-4 inches long. (If you miss one while you’re picking, it won’t get longer – just fatter.) These small wonders are ideal for making pickles.
No matter which type you’re growing in your garden, it’s important to store them right once you pick them. Cucumbers can be kept fresh for several days if stored in the refrigerator. Early season cucumbers are the best for fresh consumption, as the heat of summer may result in an undesirable, bitter taste.
While I prefer my cucumbers sliced and salted, most cucumbers are eaten as pickles. This recipe for refrigerator pickles is quick and easy to make and is a delicious summertime snack that’s not only good – it’s good for you!
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon celery seed
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup white vinegar
Mix pickling solution together in a medium to large sealable bowl.
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- Cucumbers, unpeeled, sliced
Add vegetables to pickling mixture and stir. Use as many cucumbers as you desire, as long as the slices don’t pile up above the liquid. Cover bowl and refrigerate.
- Rather than make a new batch every time the pickles are eaten, simply add more vegetables to the remaining liquid. It’ll keep for months – so you can enjoy your cucumbers long after harvest!Did you know?Never spray any pesticides on cucumbers. Pesticides kill bees and other benefical insects. Cucumbers bear male and female flowers on the same plant. Gardeners must rely on bees to move pollen from the male flowers to the fruit-producing female blooms, so keeping the beneficial creatures away is a no-no.Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are cousins to squash, pumpkins, melons and gourds. All these delicious and useful plants are members of the Cucurbitaceae, or the gourd family.Q: Why are some cucumbers bitter?
A: The bitterness you sometimes taste in cucumbers is due to a compound known as cucurbitacin. This compound is produced in cucumber plants that have experienced drought stress, heat stress or nutrient deficiencies. But all is not lost: With adequate moisture and cooler days, the newly produced cucumbers will regain a normal taste. (from learn2grow.com)
By Megan Beam, Learn 2 Grow.com http://www.learn2grow.com/projects/edibles/recipes/EasyRefrigeratorPickles.aspx
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