At Home in Nature

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Violet soup and violet salad

What to do with those delicious violets?  Try soup and salad!


Violet Pineapple Soup

Recipe from Valentine Floral Creations, 2009.

Serves 6


4 cups pineapple juice

3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

3 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

2 cups strawberries or raspberries, sliced

1 cup diced orange sections or drained canned mandarin oranges

2 tablespoons orange liqueur

1/2 cup fresh violets

Sour cream


Combine pineapple juice and tapioca, bring to a boil. Remove from heat adding sugar and lemon peel. Cool to room temp. Add fruit, liqueur, and violets. Chill, before serving, add dollop sour cream to each bowl and garnish with a violet.


Violet-Mint Salad

Recipe from Prodigal Garden.


2 cups violet leaves, cut into thin ribbons

1 carrot, grated

1 cup mint leaves, chopped fine or minced in food processor

1 cup dried fruit (choice of raisins, dates, craisins, currants, apricot)

1 cup walnuts

1 cup violet blossoms

Dressing: Creamy Violet Dressing is recommended (See entry for Speedwell, and substitute violets for speedwell)


Toss everything together and top with your favorite dressing.


What's ready now?

What a springtime!  The warmer weather is coming, but it is still delightfully cool!  Everyone seems to be enjoying this fine weather.  We have been enjoying this fine food!  What a feast, and to share it with friends is indeed wonderful!

We've got some great recipes on our next blog coming right up.  Until then, here's what you can enjoy this week!

* = Medicinal # = Edible @ = Extra tasty this week (peak of season)!

What's different from last week...

#@ Violets/Pansy flowers and leaves (refreshing, colorful, delicious!)

#@ Marigold flowers

*#@ Alfalfa leaves (quite good on everything!)

*#@ Poplar - NEW LEAVES! bark, buds and flowers (great natural aspirin, or when cooked, delicious non-medicinal vegetable)

*#@ Willow - NEW LEAVES! bark, buds and flowers (great natural aspirin, or when cooked, delicious non-medicinal vegetable)

#* Pine - NEW LEAVES! needles and bark (delicious when roasted)

*#@ Dandelion - NEW SEEDS! roots, leaves, flowers, flowerbuds - one of our favorites!

What else is available this week...

*#@ Prickly lettuce - one of our favorites!

*#@ Thistle (excellent support for liver)

#@ Wild onion (limited quantity - order early)

# Salsify roots

#* Snap dragon leaves

# Tulip flowers

# Apple flowers (delicious)

# Cherry flowers (delicious) (nearly out of season - limited quantity)

#@ Lilac flowers (delicious)

#@ Honeysuckle flowers (delicious)

# Filaree

* Catmint (also known as Catnip)

#* Shrubby cinquefoil leaves

#*@ Fourwinged saltbrush - seeds (great in pinole)

#@ Cattail shoots and rhizomes (these shoots are one of our favorites)

# Elm seeds (green)

#@ Henbit

#@ Lambsquarter (always sells out quickly - order early)

#@ Yellow dock - leaves and seeds

* Juniper berries (excellent antiseptic and antibiotic)

*#@ Mallow leaves

*#@ Yellow clover leaves

*#@ White and red clover leaves (one of our favorites)

#@ Linden leaves (one of our favorites)

* Vinca

MAY WE RECOMMEND? Ask us to make a balanced menu (with recipes) for your family to enjoy!

Turning over a new leaf

Mmmm!  Today we had our first evergreen and poplar leaves of the season!  The evergreen leaves were enjoyed with breakfast; the poplar leaves were given to two different friends in need whose doctors are allowing them to writhe in agony. 

One of our friends broke her fingers and they are swollen and painful - the pain medicine prescribed was taken orally and though her problem was on just a part of her body, she had to medicate her whole body!  Binding a poultice of the leaves and ground up bark of poplar and willow on her fingers with some bandaids makes better sense.  Our other friend's very arthritic neck found some relief with a poultice as well, though he did not want to bind it: he rubbed the powderized poplar and willow and found relief.

Leaves are less medicinal than bark, but more easily powderize without resorting to a coffee grinder.  Just dry out the leaves and crush them!  We make extra for ourselves in spring with the very powerful young leaves so that in the summer, autumn and winter we are never without.

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