Some of our native plants, like Ephedra, are found around the world. Everywhere that Ephedra occurs, Native peoples have found similar uses for it. Prehistoric Plant Ephedra is a fascinating plant that has been on earth since before plants had figured out how to make leaves, not to mention flowers. As a botanist I admire the plant for many technical reasons, and I won’t bore you with details but this unique plant was around LONG before dinosaurs roamed the earth. In fact, there is some evidence that dinosaurs fed on […]
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some oxalis – better known as the shamrock. Did you know that shamrocks are edible? Not only edible but tasty. The flowers are edible too.
All this cold weather we’ve been having, some nice chicken soup is just what we need to warm us up! Jacqueline Soule here this week with an old Soule family recipe for chicken soup.. Old Soule Family Recipe My parents grew up during the Great Depression back in the 1930’s, followed by WWII and ration books for food. My grandmothers on both sides did the best they could to feed their families, often getting quite creative about meals. As a child, I would watch the meal preparation process with fascination […]
Did you resolve to eat better? Monica King is here today with a healthy paleo desert that is simple to make. Best of all it uses the seeds of a Southwestern wildflower – chia. This wonderfully light pudding that fits perfectly into low-carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo diet and is extremely versatile. Chia The key ingredient is chia seeds. These seeds are hydrophilic, they can absorb over ten times their weight when soaked in liquid and develop a mucilaginous coating that gives them a gelatin type texture. If you have never […]
The flavor of roses is one of those subtle flavors that will delight your taste buds. If you haven’t tried rose petals yet — you are missing a treat. Today we will look at two drinks to make using roses. Which Roses To Use? Really any true rose * will work. The wild Western rose, also called Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii) is found throughout the Southwest. It makes an excellent rose to forage due to it’s intensely flavorful petals. In the garden, the gallica roses (originally from Persia) have the […]
Summer eating tends to be lighter than winter fare. In North America we tend to eat more greens and salads and less soups and stews. And what a collection of greens we can select from in the Southwest, including amaranth! Amaranth One of my (Jacqueline Soule) favorites – and easily found in many areas, is amaranth. It’s considered a weed, and abounds in vacant lots in Southwestern cities, as well as at the edges of agricultural fields. Where I live, alongside ample rabbits and javelina, about two seconds after an […]