HDS Earth Day Lunch

Perennial food ecosystem in New England. Do you know ramps, fiddleheads, and rhubarb?

Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke)

Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke)

 

Jerusalem Artichoke (Tompinambur hellianthus tuberosus)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Tompinambur hellianthus tuberosus)

 

EARTH DAY MENU at HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL
TUESDAY APRIL 22, 2014 AT NOON

STARTERS:
SUNCHOKE AND FENNEL SOUP
KALE, ESCAROLE,  RADICCHIO  AND HAZELNUT SALAD WITH A CREAMY ROASTED SHALLOT, GARLIC , BALSAMIC AND HAZELNUT OIL DRESSING

ENTREES:
MOROCCAN ASPARAGUS WITH SPRING VEGETABLE RAGOUT
TOFU MILANESE WITH PESTO

SIDES:
STEAMED COUS COUS
GREEN POLENTA OF KALE, PARMESAN CHEESE AND OLIVE OIL

DESSERTS:
ROSE PETAL SORBET WITH MINT
WARM INDIAN PUDDING

Rose petals

Rose petals

ANITA: HDS promo for this lunch mentions “ramps, fiddleheads, and rhubarb” Shall we include a simple rhubarb recipe–rhubarb is in local stores right now and might suit our May post.

Rose petals NOTE TO ME FIND OUT IF THIS IS MICROSCOPIC SLIDE OR WHAT

Rose petals NOTE TO ME FIND OUT IF THIS IS MICROSCOPIC SLIDE OR WHAT

Miscellaneous backgrounder info on perennial edibles/permaculture

the usual suspects (asparagus, rhubarb and artichoke) to include such “minor” crops as ground cherry and ramps (both have found their way onto exclusive restaurant menus) and the much sought-after, antioxidant-rich wolfberry (also known as goji berries), Toensmeier explains how to raise, tend, harvest, and cook with plants that yield great crops and satisfaction.

Perennial vegetables are perfect as part of an edible landscape plan or permaculture garden. Profiling more than a hundred species, with dozens of color photographs and illustrations, and filled with valuable growing tips, recipes, and resources, Perennial Vegetables is a groundbreaking and ground-healing book that will open the eyes of gardeners everywhere to the exciting world of edible perennials

From Artichoke to Auiki Tara, delicious, ease-to-grow edibles

From Artichoke to Auiki Tara, delicious, ease-to-grow edibles

Join permaculturist, farmer and nut grower
Keith Morris
for an evening presentation on
Growing Nuts in the Northeast
-a talk for gardeners and farmers
North Bennington, VT

To be followed by
A Permaculture Workshop:
Designing a Self Supporting Edible Landscape

This course is intended for gardeners who would like to design and plant ecosystems that produce food. We will be considering apples, asparagus, hazel nuts, tree nuts and others plus learning to use plants for nitrogen fixation, mineral extraction, attracting beneficial insect, mulch and other functions. Specific plants’ needs and habits will be covered as we plan for mutually beneficial interactions.

Keith Morris
 is a farmer and designer who joins us from Willow Crossing Farm and Prospect Rock Permaculture in Jeffersonville, Vermont. His work promotes economically viable farms and homesteads with systems that are integrated and patterned to increase ecological health while meeting human needs.

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