Rocket (Wild Arugula)
Rocket, sometimes called London Rocket or Wild Arugula (Sisymbrium irio), is one of several members of the Brassica family (a group of plants containing cabbages, broccoli, and mustards) growing in our region. It is non-native, and now thrives along roads, trails, in empty lots, and waste places. It is extremely hardy, begins growing in the cool winter months, and blossoms in early spring. The entire plant is edible, and has also been used for its medicinal qualities.
Mallow, AKA Cheeseweed, Little Mallow, and Marshmallow (Malva parviflora L.) is a non-native species that grows prolifically across the US, and is one of the most common plants to be found growing in the foothills around Los Angeles, and indeed in almost every yard in the city.
PUMPKIN BANANA PANCAKES (PALEO RECIPE)
If you thought banana pancakes were good... wait until you try these!
PUMPKIN SOUP (PALEO RECIPE)
If you think pumpkins are only for decoration, think again. They are high in Vitamin A (twice the daily recommended does in a single cup!), Vitamin C, Potassium, and contain Iron, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and very few calories. Sure, carve up a few for Halloween or Samhain, but make sure to save some (and the seeds) for the kitchen too!
Baked Chinese Pears
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, during the Fall we need to protect our lungs from dryness. To do this, we use foods that are both moistening and that have a powerful affinity for the lungs. The following recipe is a delicious dessert that uses herbs known by Traditional Chinese Medicine to strongly moisten and nourish the lungs and to protect against dryness. During early Fall (or whenever it feels dryest where you live) I recommend you eat this food once a week to stave off dryness, or daily for several days if you suffer from a dry cough.