• How to Make Calendula Salve From Your Own Flowers

    First, let’s clear some confusion. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a European native that often goes by its common name ‘pot marigold.’ However, the plant that goes by the common name ‘marigold’ (Tagetes spp.) is an entirely different plant that is often called ‘French Marigold’ despite being native to the Americas. Still confused? Here it is again: […]

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  • Mexican Sour Gherkin Pickles: Tiny Watermelons in a Jar

    Mexican Sour Gherkins (Melothria scabra) look like tiny watermelons and taste similar to cucumbers but are neither. Native to Mexico and Central America where they are called sanditas (little watermelon), fruits can be pickled, thrown in salads, sautéed with oil and garlic or snacked on in the garden. Kids especially enjoy searching the vine for ripe […]

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