Hi everybody! How’s your summer?
I’ve been busy planting ALL kinds of Greens & Veggies from seeds. Yay! So exciting. Plus I planted over 100 Black Sapote seeds and can’t wait until they start growing!
Even though I’ve been growing Sprouts, Wheatgrass, Sunflower & Buckwheat Greens for years, I’m still just a beginner at gardening using real dirt. Ha!!
It was easy in Hawaii because I just saved my stems from whatever greens I was eating and plopped them in the ground and they grew 🙂 So this is my first real experience growing veggies from seeds.
Right now I’m growing Kale (2 kinds), Collards, Spinach, Watercress, Dandelion (2 kinds) Arugula, Beets, Corn Salad, Purslane, Basil, Peppers, Stevia, Nettles (naughty nettles & stevia haven’t started growing yet)
I’m also growing trays of Microgreens! They’re a mix of a bunch of different greens & herbs that can be harvested in about 2 weeks.
There’s a MILLION more things I’d like to grow but I figure this is a good start!
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I’ve also been making LOTS of raw vegan Chocolate, tons of Green Juice, growing LOTS of Sprouts, an INSANE amount of Kale Chips (I’m like a Kale Chip factory) am on my 3rd batch of fermented veggie Kim Chee of the summer, and am brewing a BIG batch of Kombucha.
Whoo Hoo! It’s SO fun making all this healthy food! It’s FRESHER and better than what you can buy in the store. Plus you save a TON of money.
Jumping for Jackfruit
This is the Summer of Jackfruit! I’m eating WAY more of this luscious, exceptionally exciting fruit than EVER before.
I’ve had Melon Summers, Cherry Summers and Fig Summers but this is the first featuring so much sweet & juicy tropical orange bliss! I’ve even been freezing it there’s so much, and blending it up into the BEST smoothies ever with Passion Fruit and Bananas.
I’ve also been eating a lot of Nasturtiums (leaves & flowers!) all summer in my Salads and Watercress, which I’m currently obsessed with.
Stay tuned and hopefully I have some beautiful pictures of all my little greens to show you soon!
Hi everybody! My last few months in Hawaii I was so busy trying to do as many exciting things as possible I didn’t spend much time inside on the computer.
So here are more pictures of the greens I was using for Green Smoothies, Juicing and to plant in the garden! Yacon, Moringa, Purslane, Ong Choy and Nasturtium.
And here are some fun exotic Fruit like Star Apples, Rose Apples, Rollinia (got to share this huge sweet fruit with a friend for a sunset supper!!) Soursop, Jaboticaba, Surinam Cherries, Lychees and Alpine Strawberries.
Spring Showers Bring Spring Greens
Hi everybody! it’s my 5th month in Hawaii, still on the lookout for any & all wild edible Greens & luscious fruit in season. We’ve been getting some rain lately which is really helping the garden! I just planted more Purslane, Water Spinach and Malabar Spinach.
Whoo Hoo! All from cuttings I saved from bunches I had bought at the Farmers Market. I saved the stems, put them in water for about a week, then plopped them in the ground. And they’re all growing!!!! Which is so miraculous 🙂
And recently I was overjoyed to eat my very first Star Apple, a sweet creamy concoction that was even better eaten chilled.
Still doing lots of hiking and exploring new and out of the way hidden Beaches!
Star Apples and Soursops are in season! Eggfruit season has ended now, and citrus is also coming to an end. It has been a crazy amazing citrus season here!
These big beautiful Eggfruit I picked from a spiritual Sanctuary. All the fruit I picked there was exceptional!
The Eggfruit I was blending into smoothies with Mango & Pineapple, which was yummy since Eggfruit do have an interesting flavor that not everyone likes….they’re a fascinating fruit! The color & texture of hard boiled egg yolk.
And these delicious dried Figs are from Costco. They’re SO good!!! I eat several for Dessert every night, in the hopes that they’re helping me eat less chocolate…which they are. Yum!!!!! As you can see, I’m absolutely obsessed with Figs!!
Hello from Hawaii! It’s my 4th month here, and it seems like I’m busy all the time, either off on adventures, shipping Bikinis all over the World, preparing Raw Vegan Recipes or planting my new gardens full of Greens.
As you know, I’m VERY excited to be growing all kinds of Greens, especially Tropical Greens! And herbs, we’re growing all kinds of herbs. I donated my baby Fruit Trees, my beloved Mango, Lychee, Longon, and Soursop to a local eco village where they’ll be in good hands.
Raw Vegan Chocolate for Valentines Day
And I’ve been making TONS of super delicious raw Vegan Chocolate for all my friends. Yum!! Experimenting with different flavors (like orange essence) and different sweeteners too.
Glorious Tropical Green Gardens
So far I’ve planted (all from cuttings!!) Brazilian Spinach, Okinawan Spinach, Moringa, Katuk, Edible Hibiscus (Pacific Spinach), Purslane, Ong Choi.
I’ve planted baby Dandelion and Chicory plants. Herbs we’re growing are a few types of Mint, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, We still need to do lots more including Rosemary, Dill, Fennel, Taragon, Savory.
My Yacon Roots have been planted and I’m eagerly awaiting their development 🙂
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Hawaii! I’ve been here for 2 months so far and I’m so excited about all the new & different super nutritious Super Food Greens I’m growing & using in my Green Smoothies!
On Christmas I celebrated by making a Green Smoothie with Katuk, Moringa, Dandelion, Plantain, Arugula, Ong Choy, Turnip Greens, Sunflower & Buckwheat micro Greens, apple Bananas, Noni Fruit in a fresh squeezed Orange Juice with Liliquoi & Strawberries. It was yummy!
I’m trying to add fresh Noni Fruit and Aloe into my smoothies whenever I can too 🙂
My Raw Vegan Diet in Hawaii
Since I’ve been here I’ve been getting exceptional Beets and Daikon Radishes with big huge greens attached, Swiss Chard, Kale and Tat Soi at the Farmers Market, along with fresh Ginger & Turmeric Root. Just recently they’ve had lots of Cucumbers.
And beautiful red Rambutan! It has been a wonderful Rambutan season here and you see them in all the markets and roadside stands. Papayas & Liliquoi seem to almost always be in season. I love all the different kinds of bananas!
My roommate’s Avocado tree has given us tons of delicious creamy avocados for our dinner Salad. And it has been a crazy year for citrus! Everyone has so much they’re giving it away.
My friend has been letting me pick pounds and pounds of incredible Tangerines, Navel Oranges, juicy Limes and Meyer Lemons from her lovely organic Orchard.
So I’ve been super busy juicing all these and filled up the entire freezer with frozen juice cubes to use later!
I’ve also been making Green Vegetable Juices with lots of Ginger, juicing Wheatgrass with Noni Leaves and Fresh Pineapple. Wow!!
I get my super sweet large Pineapples at Costco. They smell like perfume!! And bags of frozen organic Mangos, Cherries and Berries for making Smoothies.
Sprouts & Micro Greens
So far I’m growing Wheatgrass, Sunflower & Buckwheat Greens, and Lentil, Pea, Mung, Fenugreek, Broccoli, Red Clover Sprouts.
Greens & Veggies
I’m growing Turnips and Carrots from seeds and the rest from starts friends generously gave me! Moringa, Purslane, Katuk, Ong Choy, Arugua, Malabar Spinach, Brazilian Spinach, Okinawan Spinach, Pacific Spinach (edible Hibiscus), Yacon, Basil, Oregano, Mint.
Again, my wonderful friends gifted me with beautiful baby free trees!! Longan, Lychee, Mango, Papaya, Soursop and I’m also growing Lime, Meyer Lemon, Tangerine, Navel Orange and Liliquoi from seeds.
I just bought my roommate a dehydrator and I’ve been making Kale Chips and Flax Crackers. For seasoning I’m using the herb cuttings of Mexican Oregano and purple Basil I’m growing from cuttings a friend gave me!
I’m making my 2nd batch of raw vegan Kim Chee now, with Carrots, Beets, Daikon, and Ginger.
So it’s been very fun, growing and eating all these new Greens and still plenty of time for Hiking, Bikini, Swimming and Exploring!!
Fall is Fabulous on the Farm
All my favorite Fall fruits are ripe on the Farm! White Sapotes, Jujubes, Figs and yellow Strawberry Guavas. And TONS of sweet organic Tomatoes. All sizes, shapes and colors! Too many to pick, yet so hard to leave such perfect, heavy, bright red ripe fruits on the vine.
I’ve had to be very creative using all the Tomatoes I’ve been picking. I even made a Tomato Veggie Soup from scratch! Plus sugar sweet Orange Persimmons are right around the corner 🙂
Recently I got to pick fresh Jujubes from a 16 acre Jujube Farm! It was thrilling to be able to sample so many different varieties!
Jujubes are VERY good for you, they help with insomnia and promote relaxation and can also lower your blood pressure, aid your liver and digestion and may prevent tumors. They have 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit and they also have magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron.
This farm also had Cactus Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Longons and some extra large juicy red Surinam Cherries. YUM! I planted my cherry pits and hopefully they’ll sprout 🙂
What’s Slimy, Prickly and Good for You?
I’ve also been incorporating some NEW and exciting veggies into my diet and recipes! Vegetables that I’ve either NEVER eaten or hardly ever eat.
I’ve started juicing Beet Greens, Turnip Greens, Radish Greens, & Jicama (which adds sweetness & a wonderful texture) and I recently made a Fermented Veggie blend with Radishes.
Slime Time Can Be Sublime!
And I chopped up the SLIMY SUPERFOOD, Nopal CACTUS leaves, which I’ve never eaten before! It turned out really good. Quite slimy 🙂 ha!! But great.
The FRUIT from Nopal Cactus, called Prickly Pears, or Tunas, is fabulous. I’m addicted to it! I love the Magenta ones best. They’re like a bright fuchsia purple color! I make smoothies from Cactus fruit several times a week. I just cut the ends off each cactus fruit, drop them into the blender with some juice and strain the seeds out. YUM!!!
I sliced the Nopal Cactus leaf in with thinly sliced Carrots and Radishes and I am now completely in LOVE with fermented Radishes. Wow!! They’re SO delicious. So now I’m making 2 huge batches of Fermented Carrots, Radish, Korean Radish, Jicama, Ginger, Garlic & Cabbage. Excited to see how it turns out!!!
Nopal Cactus is being called a Superfood because it can boost weight loss, your immune system, fight cancer, help with diabetes, arthritis, muscle pain and make your skin look younger. Wow!
It’s nice you can get these terrific benefits from the sweet Fruit too, because I just can’t get enough of Prickly Pear Smoothies lately!
I’ve also been making WAY too many Kale Chips, since I can never pass up a pretty bunch of Kale 🙂 so I have about 4 different batches right now that need to be eaten!