Articles and Photos on Medicinal and Edible Plants
My goal with mande plants is to teach about medicinal and edible plants, show how to grow these plants, where to find these plants, and how to use these plants. There are many useful botanicals in our world. I will growing seasonal crops and perennial edibles using organic methods as best as possible. One of my long term goals is to grow a temperate food forest garden. As I grow new plants and harvest them I will be sharing photos and details on this blog. All photos on this blog are taken by me. If you like this blog and you would like to help me further my research you can use the paypal donate button on the right. All donations will be used to buy tools, plants, seeds, and pay for expenses needed to develop gardens.
While out in the garden I have seen many different insects going about their lives. Insects fall under three categories in the garden; pests, pollinators, and predators. The last two are beneficial to the garden. To encourage beneficial insects to come to the garden we want to plant flowers that attract them, yarrow, alyssum, dill, and basil, to name a few. Here are two pictures I took earlier this summer:
As I was watering the garden this morning I noticed the first flower on one of my Feijoa plants. I knew that the petals are edible but have never tried them before. The flavor was very sweet with some aromatic undertones that left my tongue semi-numb, much like an orange peel does. It was a pleasant experience. I look forward to getting fruit off of plant.
My Gooseberries, Strawberries, and Currants are beginning to develop fruit. The Redbuds, Albizia, Che, Jujube, and Pawpaws are leafing out as well. There are a lot of exciting things going on in the garden...
I've added a few new plants to my garden, some of these are experimental to being able to grow in my area.
Pawpaws - Asimina triloba
'Ice cream' Banana (A more cold hardy banana)
Three leaf and Five Leaf Akebia
Some new Feijoa
As time goes on expect pictures and articles on each of the plants I add to my repertoire.
While inspecting my plants I noticed some have already started to bloom. The strawberries are putting out flowers and fruit already. My Black Velvet Gooseberries and Red Currants have little flowers, as do my raspberries. Since this is the first year I planted all of these I didn't expect much to happen, it's a pleasant surprise. As far as wild plants go I've notice the Elderberries and Pineapple Weed putting out blooms.
I planted a prickly pear cactus and Kumquat. The Prickly Pear (Opuntia) will provide fruit and nopale pads, which can be eaten raw or cooked. They are excellent cooked with egg and cheese, perhaps some mushrooms and onion added to the mix. The Kumquat has edible fruit. The peel of the fruit is sweet and the pulp of the fruit is sour. Kumquat is in the genus Fortunella, which is closely related to the Citrus genus.
For my March Allowance I planted the Following:
Fuyu Persimmon 'jiro'
Plum 'santa rosa'
When most people think about plant based food flowers rarely come to mind. The most common edible flowers are broccoli, cauliflower, and perhaps artichoke and daylily. Many different flowers are edible and have a variety of flavors and textures, from sweet and soft to pungent and crunchy. Some can be the centerpiece vegetable and others to add flavor or color to a salad. Dianthus flowers are the latter. They have a sweet taste with a delicate constitution. If you are growing these and you don't use pesticides or herbicides I recommend you give it a try!
The world never sleeps. And neither do I. There is a lot of exciting things in the future of my gardening and the future of this blog. I hope that my readers find these things as exciting as I do. All my landscaping will be edible or medicinal. I am also experimenting with a variety of organic and permeculture techniques. Stay Tuned.
Geranium, Rosemary, and Fava Beans are three of the edibles I have growing at my place right now.
Geranium flowers are edible and have a very pleasant tart flavor. I have this plant outside and it seems to be handling the cold pretty well, it is rated for USDA zone 9b and I live in 8B/9A. It is used in companion planting to paralyze the Japanese Beetle.
Rosemary is a well known herb who's leaves go very well with meats and in dressings. The flowers of rosemary are edible as well, they have a sweet flavor with the typical rosemary overtone. Making a tea from rosemary is an excellent remedy for headaches, which my wife can attest to. Gardening rosemary as a perennial is possible down to USDA zone 7. In companion planting rosemary is used to aid cabbage, beans, and carrots by helping to repel their pests.
I planted these fava beans by seed in November. They make a nice winter or spring crop as they prefer cool weather to hot. Both the leaves and beans are edible. Some people may have a genetic enzyme deficiency that causes them to be allergic to fava beans. If you've never eaten these before don't indulge your first time.
Nutritional Value of Fava beans per 1 cup:
Calories - 187 or 9% DV
Protein - 12.6 g or 26% DV
Carbohydrates - 33.4g or 11% DV
Sugars - 3.1g
Dietary Fiber - 9.2g or 37% DV
Fat - 0.7g or 1% DV
Fava Beans are a significant source of Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, copper, and manganese.
These three Wild Flowers are found in the Sierra Nevada foothills. All three have edible bulbs and corms that may be eaten raw or roasted. The Blue Dicks have edible flowers as well. Because the edible portions are small and eating these will end the life of these flowers I recommend limiting how many you consume.
About a year and a half ago I was camping with my family near Grand Tetons National Park when I spotted this lonicera growing. The berries are edible and I tried them. The flavor was pleasant but not too exciting.
It's been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. Circumstance have changed for the better recently and this will positively effect this blog. My wife and I have move onto five and a half acres. I will be growing a wide range of edible and medicinals as well as looking for native plant life and weeds. When we first moved here there were only a few landscaped plants; these being tansy, privet, and albizia (mimosa). The native perennials include California Bay Laurel, Grey Pine, White Oak, Live Oak, Elderberry, Redberry Buckthorn, and loads of Poison Oak.
Since moving here I have planted: Two Pomegranates Three Rosemary Four black velvet Gooseberries Three Goumi Five unknown Opuntia Eight Eastern Redbud One Oscar White Mulberry Two Black Hawthorn Three Strawberry Trees Two Lavender Four Sage Four Feijoa Two Figs One Chaste Tree Two Service Berries Four Chilean Guava Loads of Strawberries Two Golden Currants One Red Currant Two Maypop Passion Fruit One Issai Hardy Kiwi One Loquat One Camellia sinensis Three Society Garlic Two Grapes Five Raspberry Three Oregon Grape Two Aronia One Mexican Tarragon.
Most of these are quite young and I don't anticipate any fruit this year. As these plants mature I will post articles and photos on them. We also have three raised beds, so I will be growing some annual crops as well. I will try to be more active this year, hopefully someone finds this entertaining.