Stories on herbal care & health
Autumn Olive...it was 70 degrees in NW Ohio and on this sunny afternoon I harvested the last of some Rabbit tobacco and picked Autumn olive. I'm always sad if I don't get a few bags full for my freezer.
This year I may make jam from it. I only had one appointment today so I was able to forage.
It's great for a tummy ache, a sweet treat, flavoring & a sweetener for tea and more.
I also powder it and use to sprinkle on top of cupcakes or to be used like regular sugar.
I grab a handful of mint and wash it and then throw it in a blender with about an 1/8 cup of water. I add a bit of sugar and blend. Pour it into a bowl and add more sugar until it's thick.
I spread it on parchment paper and bake at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes or so. I then break it up and lay it out overnight to dry some more.
Make sure that it's very dry if you want to powder it like sugar.
I usually make enough to powder and leave some chunky.
Easy, useful and fun to make.
No food dye here. The richness in color comes from sun kissed Milkweed blossoms.
The taste is delightful and delicious. A taste of it's own with a slightly fragrant bouquet and almost melon like to me.
It's very chilly on this NW Ohio October evening. A hot mug of tea warms me. I put a spoonful of the jelly in my tea...and magical field memories brings delight to my spirit. I can still feel the sunshine upon my face, see the field of busyness and I can almost smell the fragrance of the milkweed blossoms.
The milkweed is a friend to behold. I will have a few of these lovelies to sell next week at the #halfhouseprimities in Whitehouse, Ohio, weather permitting.
My first Autum Olive harvest. Free and abundant! Yum yum! So many uses. The gold flecked berries/drupes make me smile.
It makes a great fruit leather, jelly or syrup. I put them in smoothies or yogurt. They can be tried and added to teas as well.
Some say they taste better after a frost...😉...but I grab them now before the birds nab all of them.
They are loaded with vitamins and lycopene. A great heart tonic too. I shall dry the leaves for a tea as they have health benefits too.
Be careful of the thorns. Some trees seem
to have them and others don't. I've used the young branches to make mini wreaths for Christmas ornaments. Sometimes I will wrap sweet annie or bittersweet around the wreaths for a fall decoration.
I love love the Autumn Olive.
Wild mustard....still in bloom in NW Ohio but on it's way out. Busy real estate day...so it's a repeat
Wild mustard..❤ it's spicy #höt like wasabi. ●
Chewing on a large leaf will burn up and into my nose like horseradish. ●
I like it! I like to nibble on the yellow buds
It tastes like a spicy cabbage to me. Yum!
A little goes a long way.
For my foraging friends who want to spice up their life. 😝
Be well, jonnie dee #tsht #herbalrealestateagent