Dandelion Pesto & Pizza

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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photo and recipe by Food Babe

This week’s recipe celebrates a favorite woollypocket plant: dandelion. Dandelion has amazing powers to detox your liver and it is rich in iron, high in calcium, has more protein than spinach and is packed with antioxidants (all those things that keep you looking and feeling young). This pesto has an intense flavor and a little goes a long way. It’s fabulous on top of pasta (buckwheat noodles are my favorite), as a dressing, marinade, on top of crackers or used as pizza sauce like I did below:

Dandelion Pesto
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 10

Ingredients
• 3 cups washed and cleaned dandelion leaves
• ¾ cup olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled
• ½ cup walnuts, lightly toasted
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• ⅓ cup raw parmesan cheese
• zest of a lemon
• juice of half a lemon

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or vitamix and blend until creamy and smooth

Notes
Serve as pizza sauce, on top of pasta, dressing or marinade. Please choose all organic ingredients if possible.

Pesto Pizza
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 18 mins

• 1 ezekiel sprouted grain or brown rice tortilla
• 2 tablespoon pesto
• 1 ounce grated goat cheese
• 1/2 tomato sliced in to three slices
• red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. As the oven is preheating, place tortilla in oven for 3 mins to thaw or get slightly crisp
3. Remove tortilla and top with pesto, goat cheese and tomato
4. Bake pizza for 8 mins or until cheese is melted
5. Remove from oven and let stand for 2-3mins
6. Cut pizza into slices and enjoy!

Can Plants Think?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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photo by Eric Hunt

Scientists debate a new way of understanding flora.

The leaflets of the Mimosa pudica, or “sensitive plant,” fold up when touched. It’s “that rare plant species with a behavior so speedy and visible that animals can observe it,” writes Michael Pollan.

In his latest piece for The New Yorker, Michael Pollan discusses the scientific controversy regarding the field of “plant neurobiology,” and whether plant intelligence exists. Some plants, he writes, can hear caterpillars chomping on a neighbor’s leaves. Others display altruistic behavior towards kin, restraining their growth to allow relatives to thrive. But is any of that evidence of intelligence?

 

Woolly Around the World: Anaheim, CA

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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photo by Johnny Angeles

This week’s customer photo inspiration comes from Anaheim, CA. A wide variety of succulents, were planted in our Living Wall Planters.

The planter boxes were installed to add some kind of greenery to an other wise fully concreted patio. It livens up the new special event center in Anaheim, now called The Colony House.

 

Plants and People August 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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This month our #PlantsandPeople instagram posts embraced the joy and color of summer. Photos by @strellazade, @daisypeck, @calme__, @lavicvic, @stephaniebroad, @amandajanejones, @chrysti, @colerise, @poppy_redish_, @arielealasko, @josiahfilm, @maggiezulovic, @laurenlemon, @openjournal_neometro, @sherikowalski, @sonofnasser, @cocoxochitl, @tucsoncactus, @nirl, @betterhomesandgardens, @danrubin, @brandon_floyd, @bethnaymollenkof, @bbasium, @melissasonico, @cherrysparks_da, @karendoolittle, @vildans, @pavatsu, @calebthefox, @rinxixi, @hennablossom, @maudiskoby, @thezoogallery, @evelyn_photography1, @ecodesignproject, @sashabenz, @plantsofnature, @gazacactus, @mikekus, @lindablahnik, @whighfield, @sarajenggrewar, @sophie_625_, @simandnim

Medicinal Plants And Their Health Benefits

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nature has offered and bestowed us with a large collection of useful herbs, plants and trees. The number of useful medicinal plants and herbs may surprise you and the types of medicinal uses they have may leave you stunned. There are many important medicinal properties and due to these, some plants can help fight fever, provide pain relief and cure various kinds of infections and allergies as well. Let’s find out about some of the best medicinal plants and their benefits.

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California Poppy

This plant is an effective nervine which means that it is an anxiety reliever and is safe to be used also in the case of children.  This plant also helps to provide quick relief from nervousness and tension and this can be done by converting it into tea.

Blood Flower

Blood Flower

This is a type of a tropical milkweed which has long been favoured as a heart stimulant and is also effective as a worm repellent.

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Tansy

Tansy is another really popular medicinal plant which too has many kinds of benefits and advantages. This plant is often used for flavouring beers and stews.  It is also a very good insect repellent and is used for this by people across many countries where it is grown.  Rubbing this plant on the skin can make it a good bug repellent as well.

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Korian Mint

Korian mint or regular old mint has many health benefits as well as medicinal properties. It helps in soothing headaches, calming the stomach and also fighting nausea. This plant can also prove to be effective in reducing nervousness and fatigue.  Since it is an antiviral, it helps to fight colds and flu as well.

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