Oca Hopin

June 24, 2016
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Oca Hopin

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I love the leaf shape but it is known for the tuber which is often compared to a potato. The whole plant is edible according to the grower Sweetwater Nursery. Here’s a sweet video to tell you more about this one.

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Another exciting thing in this photo is the grow pot! It is biodegradable – fabulous – no plastic to recycle. Thank you Eco Forms

Stevia

June 22, 2016
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Stevia

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Looking for a plant to sweeten up your summer drink? Try Stevia. You may have seen this in a bottle at a local cafe (like here at Stable Cafe) or picked up a tincture of it for your own kitchen cabinet.

First introduced to this by my neighbor – I tried a few drops in my tea (yes, only a few it is potent if you buy the tincture) and loved it. She said the other day, I wish I could grow this….well…that lead to my very easy search for the plant.

Found at my local nursery Flowercraft in San Francisco it now is planted on her deck. Luckily, our decks connect. So I might be enjoying some fresh crushed stevia leaf in my summer-time iced tea.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for the third of five Herb-A-Day stories.

Herb-A-Day

June 21, 2016
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This week, we’re featuring Herb-A-Day

I’ve come across some good and new (to me!) ones and thought it’d be fun to share. It is summer and what better time to toss in fresh herbs to your dinner.

Epazote – Mexican Tea

There are many reasons I’m thankful for sharing my space with Stable Cafe. One is that my studio is connected to a kitchen where I sometimes pester the busy cooks with questions…

If you’ve tested out one of the soups or specials at Stable, you know they’re delicious. That’s thanks to Selena. Sometimes she’ll whip up a special meal just for us folks who are ‘behind the scenes’ – this time it was quesadillas. Not any ‘tho, they had a special sauce on them…

Her green salsa included a plant I’d never heard of….

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Yum!

Popular among Mexicans it is also called Mexican Tea. Some love it, some don’t. The taste, well….sort of lemon, mint, and some say, gasoline?! She disagrees.

Often used in bean dishes, it is said to help with digestion. Pluck off the young shoots, rinse, and enjoy (but not if you’re pregnant or nursing according to some online research).

 

Making beautiful statements with living things