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Everything you wanted to know about Miniature Mexican Watermelons

Mexican Watermelon Seed Info.

Gherkin cucumbers are available summer into fall.

The Watermelon gherkin, scientific name Melothria scabra, is a thin delicate climbing and trailing vine grown for its edible fruit. It is an heirloom variety rediscovered, thus in an effort to popularize the fruit, several seed companies have coined new names, including Cucamelon, Sandia de Raton, Mouse melon, Mexican Sour gherkin, Cuka-nut and, in France, Concombre à Confire (preserving cucumber).

The picture was sent to me by one of our valued customers 

Description/Taste:  Watermelon gherkins are thumbnail-sized, oblong-shaped and appropriately, have the appearance of a miniature watermelon. Their coloring is variegation of lime green and off white. The texture is crunchy, succulent and crisp with the flavor of cucumbers and tart citrus.

The Watermelon gherkin is perfectly suited to eat fresh, out of the hand. It makes incredible pickles and can be added to salsas for unique texture and flavor. You can also save the seeds from the ripest fruits and plant them again for future crops. Watermelon gherkins pair well with tomatoes, chilies, citrus, pickling spices, garlic, fennel, watermelon, honeydew melon, pork belly, roasted and grilled white fish, yogurt, young mellow cheeses, cilantro and mint.

The melon’s most common name in Spanish is “sandíta” (little watermelon). In Mexico and Central America, the Mexican gherkin fruit is often used in nonculinary ways, including in medicine.

There is quite a bit of argument as to where the Watermelon gherkin belongs by botanical classification, especially because it’s wild ancestors are native to Africa. Research, though, has found that it is native to Central and South America. The Watermelon gherkin has been a staple of Mexican and Central American diets since pre-Columbian times; hence it has collected several names in indigenous languages. The Watermelon gherkin is both drought and pest resistant, it is a vigorous grower, creating prolific yields and it reseeds itself freely. Fruits will simply fall off the vine when ripe.

Save some seeds each year and replant.  

 When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

 Arlene Wright-Correll 

Home Farm Herbery



 
 

Home Farm Herbery’s favorite recipes for Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers



You are getting ready to plant your garden and you are considering Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers and you look and at them and think what do I do with a bumper crop of Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers?  


Here are some of Home Farm Herbery’s favorite recipes.




Of course the obvious is to try canning your sweet yellow banana peppers.  Here is the typical pickling recipe for banana peppers. You can always add ingredients to customize it -- some people like to add jalapeno peppers for a kick of heat; some add garlic. Be creative.

First you'll wash about three pounds of peppers, and then remove the stem ends. Slice them into rings about a quarter inch thick. In a saucepan, bring 5 cups cider vinegar, 1 1/4 cups water, 5 tsps. canning salt, 2 tbsps. celery seed  , and 4 tbsps mustard seed to a boil. Put some dry celery and mustard seed 
 into the jars. Then fill up the jars with your peppers and cover with the boiling liquid. Can according to instructions.  We use them in salads, on burgers, sandwiches and more.



Since Banana peppers are tangy and sweet, so their flavor mixes well with cheese and other toppings; think cured meat or a green leafy vegetable, like spinach or arugula. Here's a quick recipe: Make your own pizza dough and sauce (or buy some at the grocery store). Roll out your dough, leaving a border around the edge for your crust. Ladle on a thin layer of sauce, spreading it around with the back of the ladle. Sprinkle on grated mozzarella cheese. Next, place a layer of torn arugula leaves on the pie. Top with small sliced pieces of cured Italian salami or pepperoni. Top the whole thing off with sliced rings of banana peppers. Bake on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes at 450 degrees.  I bake on a stone so I only bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Delicious!


Because Banana peppers have a much milder taste than bell peppers, and bring a different flavor to the traditional dish of stuffed peppers. You can make stuffed peppers meaty or meatless, depending on your preference. If you don't eat meat, think about using rice, quinoa    or some other meat alternative.  Use about a pound of meat for every four good-sized banana peppers. Use mild or spicy, whatever your preference. Slice the top of the pepper, making it into a sort of flip-top. Brown sausage or ground beef in a skillet and set aside. In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, Romano cheese, an egg, and some salt and pepper together. Stir in the meat and add more bread crumbs/cheese or another egg, depending on how moist or dry you want the stuffing. Gently fill the peppers with the stuffing and close the tops of the peppers. Fry the peppers in olive oil until each side is browned. Serve with a bit of marinara sauce and some grated cheese on top, if desired.


Fried banana peppers are a Southern favorite, served as an appetizer or as a side dish next to roasted ham or fried chicken. You can fry fresh banana peppers, pickled banana peppers, mild peppers or spicy peppers -- whatever you like best. The recipe is super simple and everyone loves them. Here's how to make deep fried banana peppers:

The secret to the Southern recipe is saltine crackers. Wash the banana peppers and slice lengthwise. Remove seeds and pat dry with a paper towel. Soak the peppers in milk, then dip in a mixture of flour and crushed saltine crackers. Fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown. Remove with tongs, drain on paper towels, and serve while still warm.

Fried banana peppers taste great on their own, with cocktail sauce or even with ranch dressing for dipping. Give your family a variety of dips to choose from!

A very popular appetizer, poppers are peppers split open, filled with cream cheese and deep fried. If you like poppers but don't like the spiciness of jalapenos, why not try some banana pepper poppers? You can get the yummy taste without the heat, and you can make them at home.

Wash the banana peppers and pat dry. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Fill each half with cream cheese. Here comes the good part. Wrap a small (about a third of a slice) piece of bacon around each pepper and stick a toothpick through to hold. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees until the bacon is crispy. Warning: These are addictive!

For variations on the theme, mix in shredded cheeses like parmesan, Gouda or Monterrey Jack. Forgo the bacon altogether if you don't eat meat or don't like bacon. Or, top the cream cheese mixture with bread crumbs. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder  , paprika -- whatever tickles your palette's fancy!.




 
 

Two More Good Reasons to Grow Haricot Vert Beans, try these recipes today

Two More Good Reasons to Grow Haricot Vert Beans





Haricot Vert with Shallots



Ingredients:
1/2 pound of haricot vert, trimmed hopefully that you grew yourself.
2 teaspoon butter (Please not margarine)
1 Tbsp Dried Shallots,
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons diced tomato
Wedge of lemon

Directions:
Bring a pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil haricot vert for 3.5 minutes (yes, I honestly believe that this level of timed precision will be rewarded). Plunge them into an ice bath and drain the beans.

In your empty pot (because we’re always looking to save dish-washing time in the smitten kitchen) melt two teaspoons of butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté them until they’re just translucent, not browned–about one to two minutes. Add the drained and cooled haricot vert back into the pot and reheat them in the butter and shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Spread haricot vert and shallot onto a plate, throw the diced tomato over them and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice* over the dish. Serve immediately.

Haricot Vert Beans with Butter and Herbs


Ingredients:

1 pound thin green beans (haricot vert), trimmed
1/4 cup red onion, chopped fine
3 Tbsp butter





Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon wedges

Directions:

1 Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Boil the beans for 2 minutes. Plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking and set the color. Drain the beans and pat dry on a cloth or paper towel.
2 Heat the butter over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan. Cook the onions until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
3 Add the green beans and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
4 Add all the herbs and some salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cook for 1 minute more.
Serve hot or at room temperature, with lemon wedges.


 
 

Every garden needs some sunflowers in it so order these beauties today.

Sunflower Seeds - "Autumn Beauty" Helianthus annuus

At Home Farm Herbery we love the orange, red and yellow colors of this heirloom Autumn Beauty Sunflower seed.  It blooms to the height of 40 to 60 inches and loves the sun and thrives in zones 4-9.

Our 1 oz. Sampler Packet covers approx. Up to 8 Sq. Ft so plant some today.

We only have 11 packets of these non-hybrid, non-GMO heirloom seeds this year and

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

1 oz. Sampler Packet $5.99 comes with free shipping and each order comes with a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice so buy yours today. Plus all our seeds come with special planting instruction sheets and other free goodies we can think of. So Buy today and you will be glad you did.

We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


 
 

Meet Paula M. Youmell, Holistic Health Educator and her new book

I am excited!

I just connected with a wonderful, talented gal from my old part of the world.

Paula M. Youmell is an RN, author, and Wise Woman-Holistic Health Educator and Healer in Northern NY state. 

She uses her areas of expertise in holistic health to hand craft personal plans of health and healing for each of her clients. She teaches group classes and work place wellness workshops in holistic health, whole food cooking and healing. 

Paula is happy to work with distance clients via the phone. 

Find her at www.HandsOnHealthHH.com, www.WholeFoodHealer.com, and www.wisewomenredtent.com.


All Paula’s book royalties go to local non-profit organizations in the area where she lives. 


One of Paula's books is Hands on Health and you can be tempted to read the 1st 15 pages by clicking here now.

Remember Home Farm Herbery offers chemical free all natural heirloom seeds, culinary and medicinal herbs, Hand blended all natural teas, herbs and herb blends, seasonings and more. Click here now
 
 

Tea of the Week is our newest Three Berry Tea Blend.Order your sampler now and get free shipping

Tea of the Week is our newest Three Berry Tea Blend.  This Caffeine Free infusion swirls with the aromatic harmony of a summer garden, complete with the floral undertones of hibiscus. Order your sampler today and get free shipping and a free gift.


 
 

This popular broccoli variety produces a short, 24 inch plant with medium-large heads.

Broccoli, Waltham 29 Heirloom Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and we only have 6 pkgs available so buy now.

This popular broccoli variety produces a short, 24 inch plant with medium-large heads. This type withstands cold well and is grown best as a fall cropper.
85 days to Maturity

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

Sampler pack contains approx. 50 seeds   $4.99

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




The Atlantic Broccoli is a fast growing, open pollinated variety that produces well rounded and extremely flavorful broccoli heads. Order now


Broccoli, Atlantic Seeds (Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and we only have 6 pkgs available so buy now.

The Atlantic Broccoli is a fast growing, open pollinated variety that produces well rounded and extremely flavorful broccoli heads. The head averages 5 to 6 inches in diameter. This is a very popular cool weather crop!

75 days to Maturity

Sampler pack contains approx. 100 seeds   $4.50

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Corn Golden Beauty Heirloom Corn Seed for sale in limited supply Order today

Corn Golden Beauty  

Heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO

At Home Farm Herbery we have found an exceptional early corn that tends to produce a large yield. Golden Beauty is a trusted heirloom corn variety first introduced in the 1950’s and still going strong!

Golden Beauty Corn is a rugged and versatile variety that will grow in just about any soil and in just about any climate and will produce 7 inch yellow ears in about 70 days. It is hardy in all zones preferring sun and will tolerate some shade so plant some today.

Also called Zea mays "Golden Beauty" and "Golden Yellow Beauty"

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

1 oz. Sampler Pack $9.99

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Corn, Golden Bantam OG Heirloom Corn Seeds shipped free when you order now.

Corn, Golden Bantam OG Heirloom Corn Seeds

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners.

(Zea mays) The original strain of Golden Bantam was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee in 1902. This improved strain was selected for longer ears and greater tenderness. It produces an early main crop for home gardeners and market growers and it has proven to have an excellent sweet flavor, ideal for freezing and fresh eating. 70-85 days.

Sampler Packet 100 seeds $6.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot, Paris Market Heirloom Organic seeds Today's special free shipping order now.

Carrot, Paris Market Heirloom Organic seeds

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 20 packages to sell.

Carrot, Paris Market AKA (Daucus carota) is a Nineteenth-century French heirloom. We really love these early round red-orange carrots, 1-2 inches in diameter, uniform and very sweet. This carrot does well in shallow or rocky soil and it can also be grown in containers! It is highly sought after by gourmet restaurants and a great seller at markets. 50-68 days.

Sow seeds outdoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Tamp soil firmly; keep bed moist until emergence. Germination is slow and uneven, so be patient. Using spun polyester row covers may improve germination rates.

200 seed package $7.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot Scarlet Nantes Heirloom Organic seeds Order now

Carrot Scarlet Nantes Heirloom Organic seeds

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 25 packages to sell.

Carrot Scarlet Nantes AKA (Daucus carota) (aka Early Coreless) Dates to the 1850s; original seed developed by Vilmorin in France. Cylindrical roots are 7 inch long with blunt tips. Fine-grained bright red-orange flesh is nearly coreless. It has great flavor, sweet and brittle. Good when used as baby carrots and it is excellent for freezing and juicing. This carrot is widely adapted and stores well.  Matures in 65-75 days.

Sow seeds outdoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Tamp soil firmly; keep bed moist until emergence. Germination is slow and uneven, so be patient. Using spun polyester row covers may improve germination rates.

100 seed Sampler $4.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot, Little Fingers Heirloom Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Order now

Carrot, Little Fingers Heirloom Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

 At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom or (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 9 packages to sell, so buy yours today.

The Little Finger variety is very early carrot that grows 4 inch cylindrical roots. Tender, sweet midget variety can be densely planted.

55 days to Maturity

Approximately 200 seed sampler for $5.99

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot, Danvers (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Heirloom seeds Order today


Carrot, Danvers (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Heirloom seeds

 At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom or (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 18 packages to sell, so buy yours today.

These heirloom seeds produced 7 to 7 ½ inches long, 2 to 2 ½ inches across, tapers to blunt end at Home Farm Herbery and they were uniform interior color.

We thought they were very tender and very sweet. This carrot stores well. Since a lot of our soil in KY is clay we know this does an outstanding job in heavier soils.
70 days to Maturity

Approximately 100 seed per package for $3.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Broccoli, Di Cicco (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Seeds Order now

Broccoli, Di Cicco (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Seeds

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners.

This variety of Broccoli produces tightly packed, blue/green flower heads on strong short stems. Can be picked regularly and new shoots will continue to grow! This is one of the more popular Broccoli varieties available.

75 days Day to Maturity

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

Approximately 50 seed package $4.99  

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




 
 
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