Myrtle What comes to mind at the mention of myrtle? Topiary, or hedging, or maybe a sprig in a bride’s bouquet? Myrtle is, in fact, one of our most ancient herbs, and was sacred to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her equivalent Roman goddess Venus, as well as to Demeter, the goddess of the harvest […]
Grow to Eat
If you are looking to get the best out of your garden, then look no further than this!
Grow to eat is a unique guide to vegetables, fruit, herbs and the many other wondrous, edible plants in your garden. Below you will find tips on growing your own produce, articles on the latest advancements in food gardening and, of course, hundreds of recipes for you to try!
Lovage soup with potato, lettuce and peas The addition of lovage lifts this simple soup to a whole new level. 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, chopped 750 g potatoes (about 5-6 medium), peeled and cubed 750 ml vegetable or chicken stock 500 ml milk ½ cup frozen peas 1 small lettuce, shredded 1 handful lovage […]
The Wonders of Lovage Use lovage to revitalise your meatless Mondays! The strong, meaty taste of its leaves is a delicious base for soups, stews, tomato-based sauces, and stock. A little goes a long way. Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a lesser-known Mediterranean herb that is also under-rated. This may be because it looks like a larger […]
Coriander Whether you know it as coriander, cilantro, dahnia or Chinese parsley, Coriandrum sativum is commonly used by cooks across continents and regions. Every part of this short-lived annual herb is used; its leaves, the seed (dried) and its roots. You will find it in dishes prepared in South and Central Asia, including India, the […]
Pattypans Pattypan squash (Cucurbita pepo) Pattypans look like little yellow, green or stripy spaceships and, like baby marrows, these bushy squashes are easy to grow, with a prolific yield. The fruit is so colourful and looks so good on the plant that you have to discipline yourself to pick them! If you have the space, […]
Cabbage salad with apples, walnuts and pecorino This recipe is also delicious with uncooked Brussels sprouts. 200 g baby cabbage or cabbage, finely shredded 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin matchsticks 100 g macadamias or other nuts toasted on a baking tray in the oven 1 cup fi nely grated pecorino […]
Aïoli 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ cup light olive oil ½ cup sunflower oil 2 tablespoons hot water, if necessary Blend the eggs, garlic, lemon juice, and mustard in a food processor. Add the combined oils in a thin stream. […]
Garlic Planting garlic • Garlic grows best if planted in full sun, in soil that drains well and has been enriched with compost. • When planting, break up the garlic head into individual cloves. • Plant each clove deeply with the tip of the clove pointing upwards. Make sure the tip is covered with soil. […]
Kohlrabi Growing • It’s a brassica so likes sun and fertile soil. Add compost and well-rotted manure. An organic fertiliser like Vita-Veg (6:3:4) can also be added. • Sow seed directly into the ground or into seed trays and keep the soil moist during germination. • Transplant the seedlings when they can be handled, or […]
Flavourful fennel Spicy and sweet, fennel is a cook’s dream and a delight for gardeners who love its striking foliage and flowers As a herb, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a citizen of the world, like so many other Mediterranean exports. It still grows wild along the coast and on dry sunny Mediterranean slopes, but from […]