08/05/2013 by syrbal-labrys
I have neglected photos of the rewards of our admittedly late efforts at gardening. We have had cucumbers, black currants, and blueberries already! We have already made honeysuckle and rose petal mead, as well.
I had bemoaned my costly purchased purslane seeds failing to sprout, but I am happy to report that while weeding the corn and beans and beets yesterday, I found a wealth of the wild and delicious variety! And I cannot wait to eat some in a salad tonight! It is rich in minerals and vitamins and utterly crunchable raw, but it is also excellent in soups and stews, reminding me of cactus/nopales with none of the spine removing work!
I also harvested the beautiful rainbow chard this morning. It will feature in risottos and egg dishes until every delectible leaf is consumed. We were very fortunate that there was almost no insect damage, only a bit of sunburn on a few leaves sprayed with water right before high heat of the day struck.
And finally, this blurry amorphous mass is more of the highly scented rose petals, floating gently in a kettle of water with the smaller flush of secondary honeysuckle blossoms. There they will soak overnight before being boiled to paleness to infuse all the color and flavor to the water, then honey will be added as soon as the spent blossoms are strained away…and into a carboy it will go to make more of the marvelously clear flower-essence mead that is my favorite type.
Oh, and internet harvest? THIS!