Fermented Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic

If you’re into consuming gut-healthy probiotic-rich foods, don’t stop with just cabbage for sauerkraut. Having fun experimenting with some of your favorite other veggies. And if you haven’t yet made your own, once you do you’ll want to keep a regular supply of probiotic-rich foods in your fridge and pantry. We prefer a well-stocked pantry … Read more

Beet Recipes – Beneficial in Lowering Blood Pressure

Lettuce Turnip the BEET! Okay, so that’s a bit corny… and cheesy, but it’s still punny, so we’re going to milk it for all it’s worth! The beet crop is coming in and they are nutrient packed bundles! All parts of the beet can be eaten, from the lovely green tops to the bulbous roots and … Read more

Interesting and Unusual Pickling Recipes

Pickling is Not Just for Pickles! Pickling our garden bounty is an important survival skill to get us through in leaner times. Few things warm a gardener’s heart more than a fall pantry stocked full of fresh canned and pickled vegetables and fruits. If you like to experiment and try new things then you may … Read more

Ginger Ale with Real Ginger for Taste and Health

The Real Ginger Ale Ginger Ale can be such a refreshing—and healthy—beverage, especially if you make your own. It tastes much better, more real than most on the market today, plus homemade ginger ale would provide some of the health benefits of ginger. If you look at a bottle of the typical store-bought ginger ale you … Read more

Eating Cattails and Foraging Wild Foods

Have you had any cattails recently? Ever? Did you know that chemicals from wild plants can help us perform better and feel better? It’s fascinating to discover plants in our environment that are both edible and medicinal and so much more. Learning to identify plants in nature is like looking for friends, and in the case of wilderness … Read more

Fermented Cucumbers with an Eastern European Secret Ingredient

Love Pickles? Got cukes? When your cucumber harvest is coming in, you need to preserve this bounty quickly. And boy did we overplant cucumbers this year! Fermented Cucumbers the Eastern European Way Contributed by GardensAll community member, Urszula Lewandowski This is the way people in Eastern Europe prepare probiotics for long winters. This recipe is from … Read more

Sambucus Canadensis and Sambucus Nigra, the Edible Elderberries

A.K.A. American Elderberry and Black Elderberry. These common elderberries are the best edible elderberry species. Elderberry plants are both ornamental and functional. It’s no wonder that nurseries are cultivating patented and increasingly beautiful versions of this amazing wild shrub. In this article we’re focusing on common elderberry as it is the most functional and beneficial … Read more

Rhubarb – Growing and Cooking this Early Spring Vegetable

harvesting rhubarb

Growing Rhubarb When you hear “rhubarb”, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s likely rhubarb pie, right? The next most familiar term is probably rhubarb jam. The problem with traditional rhubarb recipes is that they have so much sugar. Of course, they’re tasty, but since it’s widely known that sugar is one of the leading … Read more