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Recipe for Fermented Cucamelon Pickles

Recipe for Fermented Cucamelon Pickles

I’ve been busy fermenting over the past few weeks and it’s truly amazing how many vegetables turn into a beautiful food, after fermentation.

I love the flavour of freshly harvested vegetables. They’re beautiful, aromatic, fresh, and full of flavour. But, many of these vegetables don’t store well. So we turn to food preservation, in order to enjoy the fruits of our labour, when the ground is cold and hard.

I’ve recently written about fermented pickles and discussed the health benefits of fermented foods. I truly enjoy eating them, so have been busy experimenting with the fermentation of various vegetables. I love the flavour of fermented foods and I love even more, how great they make me feel!

One of my more surprising and delicious ferments was with Cucamelons! The result was visually beautiful! It’s flavour resembled a pickle, with a hint of lemon.


A Simple Technique for Preserving Zucchini

A Simple Technique for Preserving Zucchini

I love the taste of fresh zucchini! I wait for it all year, then plant it and wait impatiently for its first fruit.

We’re approaching the end of summer and our zucchini plants haven’t stopped producing. The more I pick, the more zucchini my plants produce and our kitchen counter is covered with tasty green fruit.

Is your family getting tired of eating zucchini? Are you running out of recipe ideas? Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy some delicious, home grown zucchini in the middle of winter?

Before giving it all away to friends and family, consider this easy and simple technique, that will have you enjoying homegrown zucchini all winter long.


6 Reasons to Add Cucamelons to Your Garden

6 Reasons to add Cucamelons to your Garden

There’s a buzz amongst vegetable growers.

You may have seen them on social media?

Cucamelons have hit the top of the “must grow” vegetables list. Gardeners have been adding them to their gardens and they have become one the cutest and most interesting vegetables. Those that haven’t grown them yet, plan to do so next year.

But, what’s a cucamelon?

Is it a cucumber or a melon?

Cucamelons look like tiny watermelons. However, cucamelons are not cucumbers and they’ve been around for 100’s of years.

If you want to know more about cucamelons and why you should grow them, read on to find out what they are and why you should grow them.


An Easy Recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles

An Easy Recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles

As the end of summer approaches, I get excited thinking about preserving my harvest. What can I do with my garden bounty, to feed my friends and family for the rest of the year?

One of my favourite ways to preserve food is through fermentation.

So many foods are fermented, some of them well known and others unexpected. Pickles and sauerkraut are the most common fermented foods. Tofu, coffee and wine are probably the most surprising.

Fermentation is easier to do than most think. The end result is a delicious and healthy preserved food.

Read on for an easy recipe for fermented pickles.