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Branches Wild Blackberry Honey

(Lomatium dissectum)

Heirloom sweet root vegetable similar to carrot but much larger (root can be 3 ft long and 6 inches around=huge really huge) and off white, has a hint of ginger flavor. These are a delicacy on my family and it used to be a food reserved for royalty. Find out why when you make candied parsnips.

A hard freeze sweetens these (Summer harvest make for bitter parsnips), so to get an extra large and sweet crop I recommend planting these in Spring and allowing them to continue growing through Summer, then winter, then another Summer and harvest Late Fall only after a hard frost (11/2 years in ground approx). If you a fortunate like me to live in a climate where hard frosts and freezes are the norm.

For those of us who have grown up in California, summertime is often associated with the picking of wild blackberries along its many roadsides. For a very short moment, the thorny vines shoot tiny white flowers allowing the bees to gather their yearly nectar. Light amber in color, this honey has a very floral bouquet with a silky smooth texture.

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