Garden update

After few days without setting foot at the allotment we went back to a full garden, full of berries and other beautiful and delicious things.

The highlight for me was to see the artichokes flowers, three in total! I have two plants. And to taste Juneberries for the first time, It’s the third year I have had the plant and this is the first time it has fruited. The berries are so similar to blueberries, and the taste very similar, tough less sweet, totally recommend it!

Another thing I really enjoyed from our last visit, it was to see how inspired the children felt to cook with our food. Once we arrived home they made fruit salad and crumble. Today one very lucky gran,  tasted a very garlicky salad made from rocket and radishes! She tried it and left the rest for later…

Em Português:

Depois de muitos dias sem termos ido à horta, quando lá chegamos estava a transbordar de fruta de bagas e outras coisas bonitas e deliciosas.

Gostei particularmente de ver as flores de alcachofras, três! Eu tenho duas plantas. E de experimentar pela primeira vez Juneberries. Em português parece que esta planta não tem nome vulgar, referindo-se apenas como Amelanchier ovalis, o seu nome latino, mas vi este post muito interessante sobre a presença da planta em Portugal. As bagas são muito parecidas aos mirtilos tanto como na aparência como no sabor, se bem que menos doces, mas recomendo vivamente!

Uma outra coisa que gostei imenso, foi de ver como as crianças ficaram inspiradas para cozinhas com a nossa comida, quando chegamos a casa fizeram logo uma salada de frutas e um crumble. Hoje a avó foi uma sortuda, pois recebeu de oferta uma salada com muito alho, nabos e rúcula, ela provou e deixou o resto para mais tarde…

herbarium

It’s probably about three years since I took a bigger interest in foraging and plant identification. Since then I have learnt a lot, but there is always something that I feel is amiss, the fact that I know all these names in English but not in Portuguese. I have decided to make an online Herbarium  so that I can learn the names of the plants in Portuguese, and expand my knowledge.

wild garlic

Wild garlic, ramsons (Allium ursinum)

PT: alho-selvagem, alho-dos-ursos

Edible, not found in mediterranean regions.

Juniper

Juniper (Juniperus)

PT: zimbros, sabinas, juníperos

Edible berries, can be used fresh or dried to flavor dishes and is the main ingredient in Gin

Cow berry

Cow berry

Cowberry, Lingonberry

I couldn’t find a name in Portuguese presumably because it can’t be found there. I saw plenty in the Cairngorms, where I became acquainted with it.

Edible berries.

ragwort

ragwort leave

Ragwort (jacobaea vulgaris)

 PT: erva-de-são João, mija-cão, Tasna, Tasneira

Poisoning to cattle and horse but very good for pollinators and other insects.