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Dilly Snap Peas

Dilly Snap Peas

Snap and snow peas are some of the delights of spring. But they disappear fast, so preserve some of your snap pea harvest by making these pickles.


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Dilly Snap Peas

These easy, delicious Dilly Snap Peas will preserve your snap pea harvest and delight your taste buds all summer with their bright, fresh crunch!

  • 2 pounds snap peas
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or dried chili peppers)
  • 1 clove garlic (diced)
  • 1 head fresh dill
  • 2-1/2 cups purified water
  • 2-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  1. Remove strings, if necessary, and pack snap peas as tightly as you can in hot, sterilized pint-size Mason jars, leaving 1/2-inch of headroom.
  2. To each jar add cayenne, garlic and dill.
  3. Boil water, vinegar and salt and then pour the mixture over the peas, leaving 1/4-inch headroom.
  4. Seal the jars and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

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Stinging Nettle Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Nettles can be used as a nutrient-dense substitute in any dish calling for spinach or kale, but here’s a great way to enjoy them on their own.

Stinging Nettle Nutrition

Stinging nettle has a flavor similar to spinach, and is rich in vitamins A, C, D, K1, and many minerals including iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. Nettles also provide chlorophyll and tannin, and they’re a good source of B complex vitamins.

Stinging nettle has high levels of easily absorbed amino acids, and they’re ten percent protein—more than any other vegetable!

I like to pick nettles in large quantities so I can juice them, steam them, freeze them, or put them in soups and other dishes. I also dry them for tea, and tincture them in alcohol.

Handling Stinging Nettles

Always collect nettles using gloves, and wear a long-sleeved shirt. Also clean and chop nettles wearing gloves, too. Once you’ve cooked them a little (or even soaked them in hot water for a bit), the stingers are deactivated, and the plant becomes wonderfully edible.

Other Pesto Recipes You’ll Love

    • Basil Walnut Pesto
    • Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
    • Vegan Pesto with Zucchini
    • Pistachio Arugula Pesto


Stinging Nettle Pesto

This delightful, nutritious condiment makes the most out of the stingy weeds in your garden.

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Caused by Diet?

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Caused by Diet?

Our good health is almost always in our own hands. Alzheimer’s disease takes 10-20 years to develop. This means that you need to start getting your diet and health right in your forties, at the latest, because dementia is largely preventable.

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The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds

The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds

If you’re looking for seeds for your vegetable garden that are not associated with GMOs, Bayer/Monsanto, or any of their subsidiaries, like Seminis, look no farther…Each of the following seed companies have taken the Safe Seed Pledge and tested their stock to be free of GMOs.

While there are dozens of great seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, I particularly like the following ten companies because I have used their seeds, and they each have something extra special about their mission, their catalog, or their business practices that fosters greater sustainability for people and planet.

Each of these companies specialize in rare seed preservation, or they are employee-owned, or they focus on seeds that are adapted to a particular climate.

The larger companies on this list carry open-pollinated, heirloom and hybrid seed varieties, as well as onion and garlic sets, planting potatoes, berry plants, fruit trees, tools, and more.

Although you can’t reliably save hybrid seeds because of their genetics, hybrids are not GMOs, and can offer advantages like disease resistance, or special traits, colors or flavors (like seedless watermelons or “burpless” cucumbers) that you can’t find in open-pollinated and heirloom varieties.

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