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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mama Masha's kitchen - quick hits - incredible edible leaves

A few weeks ago Lynne Rosetto Casper of NPR's The Splendid Table interviewed Steve Brill - an expert on all things edible that we didn't realize were edible. I have Mr. Brill's book about identifying and harvesting edible and medicinal plants on my wish list.

Having grown up helping my parents and grandparents grow produce, I was surprised as to how much stuff out there was edible - and we had no idea about it! So, here is a quick list about things you can it that, perhaps, you have overlooked in the past

- Trees that bear edible fruit have edible flowers. So, you can leave some cherry, apple, or peach blossoms on the tree for the complete growing cycle, but pick some to eat while you wait.

- Young shoots of evergreen trees are edible, as are many tree barks (pine and birch come to mind).

- In addition to your lettuce, consider adding the leaves of the following common root veggies to your salad: beets, carrots, and radishes.

- Harvest and dry young strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and currant leaves for an antioxidant-packed herbal tea additive.

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