I recently received an offer to review a book titled “Rosehips on a Kitchen Table: Seasonal Recipes for Foragers & Foodies.” With a title like that I knew this book would be right up my organic gardening/edible gardening alley. In fact, when I selected rose bushes recently, I opted for one in particular that would do well with producing rose hips.
Rose hips are are bright “fruit” bulbs that grow on the rose bushes late in summer after the plants are successfully pollinated. They can be harvested and most often they are used in jams and jellies. Browsing through Carolyn and Chris Caldicott’s book, you will learn a bit about the art of foraging – finding edible plants in the wild. While I do not have experience yet in this area, the concept behind foraging appeals to me. If you do try, please do be mindful to not trespass on private property and also be conscious of what or any chemicals may be used on the plants you are foraging from.
I have so wanted to forage dandelions to make dandelion wine, but I haven’t yet because I know in my community chemicals are sometimes used on the public greens. So in the meantime I am growing my own edibles and not using any chemicals or pesticides on them. Several of the plants I am growing are found in this book: rhubarb, strawberries, brussels sprouts and kale. There are also many plants named that are on my “dream” list, such as quince, gooseberries and elderberries.
The book is a short but colorful read with many beautiful photos. The hardcover makes it durable for your kitchen recipe book collection or for use as a springtime coffee table book. The book starts out with a chapter on “Useful Things to Know” which includes tips on canning.
It then moves into chapters about each type of edible and includes recipes on how to use the plant. As the season ramps up I will keep this book as a reference for recipes. Right now many of the plants mentioned in the book are just beginning to grow in my area.
I found the chapter within Rosehips on a Kitchen Table, titled “What on Earth Do I Do With This?” to be cute and aptly named. Until I became interested in edible gardening, I too, had not heard of gooseberries or quince!
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