Edible Plants & Recipes

Eat Local: Spring Pasta with Ramp and Parsley Pesto

Pasta with Ramp and Parsely Pesto

Allium tricoccum is an ephemeral, perennial wild garlic in the onion family that’s native to eastern North American woodlands. Better known as ramps, the plant's greens and bulbs have gotten quite popular in the culinary world over the last decade. Their distinctively delicious flavor (akin to garlic), combined with

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Eat Local: Grow Microgreens on Your Windowsill and Use Them in a Delicious Beet Salad Recipe

Buttermilk Beets with Microgreens

Microgreens make a nutritious addition to salads and sandwiches and can elevate a humble dish as a beautiful and tasty garnish. These tiny plants are simply the young seedlings of the plants we often grow for greens—usually lettuces, cooking greens, and herbs. They’re sold at farmer’s markets and well-stocked

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Look What’s Growing in the Herb Garden

Herb Garden

The Herb Garden is in its late-summer glory now. Several beautiful cultivars of tomatoes and peppers are ripe, and legumes and grains are maturing. Some specialty crops—like roselle, which is used in making sorrel drink—look pretty spectacular too. Curator Maeve Turner has also started to plant cool-season crops like

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Recipe: Apple-Fennel Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut Variations

When I teach people how to make sauerkraut, I encourage them to treat cabbage as a base for other vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. Cabbage is a great starting point for fermentation, and by adding some of the same ingredient combinations you love in salads and other dishes, you can create all kinds of amazing

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Great Pumpkin: Look What’s in the Herb Garden

Pumpkins

Cucurbits are an unfussy and rewarding crop if you have the space to grow them. The genus Cucurbita includes pumpkins and winter squashes (these common names are used synonymously), and every year at BBG, we grow a wide range of cultivars. Visitors might remember some of the unusual varieties that grew in the Herb Garden

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Herb Garden Harvest

Donations from the Herb Garden

What happens to all of the beautiful produce grown in the Herb Garden? Some is served right here in our café. The rest is donated to the community. This year, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Crown Heights received several carloads of fresh vegetables—including beets, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, okra, lettuce, and

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