Spring Chickweed Pesto

by Jackie Dobrinska

The spring greens are sprouting up all over the place and chickweed is one of our favorites.  It is densely packed with minerals and nutrients, including Vitamins B-1, B-2 and C. With all of this wild abundance, it’s easy to try something new and nourishing – like Chickweed Pesto!

Chickweed Pesto:

*3 cups fresh chickweed
*3 cloves garlic
*1/2 cup olive oil
*1 tsp sea salt
*fresh ground pepper
*zest from 1/2 lemon
*1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds, or toasted pine nuts, or pecans, or walnuts. . .whatever you have.

Rinse chickweed well. Spin in a salad spinner to dry. Blend chickweed, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest and seeds/nuts in a food processor briefly. With blade still in motion slowly pour in olive oil to create a paste. Serve on meat or fish, toss with roasted fingerling potatoes or pasta or spread on sourdough. Enjoy the taste of Spring!

(Recipe from “Girl with an Apron“)

Garlic!

by Anne Knoflicek

The garlic harvest is in and this week at Red Moon Herbs we are making a new batch of our beloved Garlic Elixir.

We get garlic from Yellowroot Farm, a small biodynamic farm on the land here, and separate the heads into their individual cloves to be chopped up and mixed with organic apple cider vinegar and local honey.

The outcome is a delicious blend of the pungent flavor of garlic and the sweet and sour flavors of the honey and vinegar.  I love to take some when I feel the faintest beginnings of a cough or tickle in my throat.  Often I take it because I just love the way it tastes!

September 18, 2012 — Red Moon Herbs

Making Garlic Elixir

by Carmen Lescher

"Garlic and vinegar have been prized for thousands of years for their amazing healing powers. Alone or in combination, these foods are powerful medicine."

So starts the first chapter of Garlic and Vinegar: Nature’s Healing Twins by Julia Charles. At Red Moon Herbs one of our favorite products is our Garlic Elixir, a tangy, pungent, yet slightly sweet combination of garlic, apple cider vinegar and honey; a delicious way to nourish and stimulate your immune system. We buy our garlic and honey from local farms to make this tonic for sore throats, sinus congestion, colds and winter blues.

Since the garlic harvest season is fast approaching we’d like to share our Garlic Elixir recipe with you. As you stroll through your local farmer’s market this summer, keep an eye out for garlic and honey to brew up some zesty Garlic Elixir.

Red Moon Herbs Garlic Elixir Recipe

Makes: 1 quart; for smaller batch use same ratio

Prep time: 30 min + 6 weeks brewing time

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz Garlic
  • 16 oz Apple Cider Vinegar (or other)
  • 5 oz Honey

Directions:

Break apart several heads of garlic into individual cloves (leaving the skins on is fine) and roughly chop with a knife or minimally chop in a food processor.

Fill a quart jar with chopped garlic, should be approximately two-thirds full.

Mix together 3 parts vinegar to 1 part honey. If your honey is too thick to mix, warm it in a saucepan over low heat until it becomes liquidy thin.

Pour the honey-vinegar mixture over the garlic until the jar is full. Use a plastic lid or cover the mouth of the jar with wax paper before securing the lid (the vinegar tends to rust metal lids).

Tend your brew every couple of days for the first week, then once a week after that. Poke it with a spoon to release air bubbles, then top it off with the vinegar.

After 6 weeks, strain out the garlic and enjoy!

July 26, 2011 — Red Moon Herbs