Celebrating milestone with nature’s beauty

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

This is the time of year to have a birthday!  Imagine the edible bounty that is on display almost moment by moment as it emerges!  To celebrate with a good friend the morning began with foraging out in the yard.

Garnish

The edible garnish you see are pansy, cherry blossoms  forget me nots on the celebratory dessert.   On the plate the edible garnish you see fresh native current (of the Pacific Northwest), wild English daisy, dandelion, rosemary, butterbur, polyanthus, forsythia and oxalis flowers, wild garlic chives, and columbine leaves. The hard boiled egg was dyed with scotch broom flowers the evening before.  

Salad

The salad the ingredients was what was available that morning.  We had overwintered veggies; red lettuce, small kale and Swiss chard leaves, hairy bitter cress, purple dead nettle, dandelion, malva, yellow dock and herb Robert leaves (weeds),  rosemary, mint and oregano leaves, angelica and fennel, chives and the leaves from the flowers; creeping jennyoxalis, barren strawberries, butterbur, hollyhock, forget me nots.  

Soup

Began with a beef broth and miso.  The ingredients added came from the yard.  These included overwintered leeks, kale and Swiss chard together with a few herbs, rosemary and oregano.  Sprinkled on top – rosemary flowers.

Tea

Tea was a wonderful infusion of bay laurel leaves!

Keeping it simple, for me,  heightens the flavours of all the ingredients and there isn’t the heaviness of eating afterwards, only a sense of full filled that lasts through out the day! That means no snacking!!!!

I heard back that this was the best birthday lunch ever!


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Back Yard Salad in March!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Foraging for the day’s yard salad ingredients we found these to add to the garden parsley, swiss chard and kale that is emerging.   Bowls were overflowing and it’s only the end of March!


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Forget Me Not Flowers

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Forget Me Not Flowers

Language of Flower Meanings – In love & remembrance, True Love & Memories

This was my Mom’s favorite flowers!  We grew these under our front living room window to add some color to the plowed up land (clay)  my parents wanted to retire on.

There are a number of species names for this flower (M. sylvatica  / M. scorpioides / M. alpestris) along with common names such as Wood Forget me Knot , Alpine Forget Me Not, Water Forget Me Not, Moose Forget Me Not and Scorpion Grass.   A giant Forget Me Not like flower is called by the same name in Asia and used in tea recipes, however it is not a true Forget Me Not.

In modern times the Forget Me Not Flower is used  as pastry decoration, garnish for recipes and salads and frozen in ice cubes for drinks.  The flowers, stems and leaves are all used in make up for hair and skin for rejuvenation, whitening and anti-aging.   This flower is rich in Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants.

Traditionally it was used to stem nosebleeds, as an eye lotion and for wound care.  The whole plant is astringent and ophthalmic.

This flower is edible though one is recommended to do so sparingly as it contains varying levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.


Folk Lore – awareness and expanded consciousness

The Forget Me Not Flower was infused with oil to make a salve or lotion for ones eyes to induce visions on August 27th!  Perhaps this was in honour of either the:

  • Wiccan Celebration for the Egyptian Goddess Isis – Partner and true love of Osiris, and mother of Horus; guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers or,
  • St. Monica’s Day – a Day of Visions

More on – The Secret Language of Flowers

Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.