Category Archives: Cooking

Strawberries

When I was a boy in Kentucky I looked forward to the fresh taste of strawberries every spring.  Nothing is sweeter than a fresh ripe strawberry plucked from the vine.  I would eat all I could and on occasion sell … Continue reading

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Groundcherry

Groundcherry plants are part of the Nightshade family and in some areas are considered invasive plant species. Several Groundcherry plant species are found growing wild in Florida, I had the one pictured here volunteer in my garden this fall. I … Continue reading

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American Nightshade

Solanum americanum Many varieties of nightshade grew around the farms and fields in Kentucky,  I stayed away from these plants because I heard that they were deadly poisonous.  Moving to Florida I found some nightshade plants growing in my landscaping. … Continue reading

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American Beautyberry

(Callicarpa americana L.) These beautiful berries are growing all around the 40 Acre Woods. They taste a bit bland to me but I still can’t help but eat a handful while taking a walk. The stunning magenta colors of these … Continue reading

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Oxalis, a tart and tasty weed

You would have to be in the Artic to get away from Oxalis, there are over 850 varieties growing all around the world.  Oxalis is the largest genus in the wood-sorrel family.  Commonly called Oxalis, Sorrel or Sourgrass here in the … Continue reading

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Sassafras Tea, the Original Hillbilly Tonic

In the Virginia Colony of the 17th century, Sassafras was one of the major exported commodities to England.  The wood was prized for it’s beauty and durability and the roots had many medicinal uses.  Sir Walter Raleigh was the first … Continue reading

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Maypop – The Flower of Passion

Maypop (passiflora incarnata) are blooming here in Central Florida in April.  The beautiful large lavender flowers are stunning, they catch my attention and that of the local butterflies.  Also called the Passion Flower, these beautiful vines pop out of the … Continue reading

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