We’ve just started getting what looks like it will be a huge harvest of figs. We plan on freezing some for later use. We can use them in smoothies or just eat them frozen. In order for us not to have a giant clump of figs frozen together we laid the pieces of fig out on a baking sheet and froze them that way.
Once they were frozen we put them into a freezer bag for storage. You can use this technique for freezing any produce. We’re also planning to make fig jam and dehydrating some figs. Maybe we can use them to make granola poppers.
I didn’t get any blueberry bushes in my yard this year. I kept meaning to get some started since they take a few years to start producing berries, but I never bought them. I guess I knew I would still get berries even without my own plants. My grandmother and my parents both have huge blueberry forests at their houses and more berries than they can eat themselves. The minion and I picked some berries at my parents house today. There aren’t too many yet, but they’re starting to ripen. Then my mom made blueberry muffins, yum!
By the way, the only way to pick blueberries, or any other type of berries, is in whimsical baskets. Plastic cups or bags just don’t have the whimsy factor.
I know most people don’t really care for dandelions. They’re a weed right? In my opinion any plant that doesn’t have a use is a weed. Like grass. But that’s for another post.
I have heard about many uses for dandelion, the root can be roasted like coffee, the sap can be used as a glue, and there are medicinal uses for the flower.
The leaves can also be used. They can be eaten just like salad greens. Now, I’m not a fan of straight salad, maybe it was too much bland iceberg in my youth, but I still want to get the nutrients from the greens. So my solution is to put them in smoothies. I’ve done this already with a variety of lettuce, spinach, cilantro, and celery greens. But this was the first time with dandelion.
I picked some leaves off a plant in the yard. I made sure to only get the greenest and avoid any with obvious rot or bug holes. I washed the leaves well in the sink and patted them dry. Remember when picking the leaves, the sap can be used as glue, so it can get a little sticky.
I made this smoothie with a variety of fruit, almond milk, and the dandelion greens. It was yummy. If you’ve never had greens in a smoothie, you may want to ease into it. Start with just a little and slowly add more as you get used to the taste. Also consider using stronger flavored fruits to help ‘hide’ the taste. This is the recipe I used, but feel free to experiment with different fruits, different greens, and different liquids. Just keep in mind my quick list of healthy smoothie tips.
About 5 large frozen strawberries
About half of an avocado that I had frozen earlier
A few small pieces of pineapple
A splash of almond milk
Dandelion greens to taste