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The health benefits of pumpkins

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 20/08/2018

20 August 2018 Tanya Malan Seeing that we are starting our HATCH-A-PUMPKIN-PATCH challenge (find the competition details on the Homeschool Heirloom Gardeners Facebook page), I thought it appropriate to tell you about the amazing benefits of pumpkins! Before we speak about the benefits of pumpkins, let's just take note that squash and pumpkin are part of the same family being the Cucurbitaceae Family and just on an interesting point, they are all actually considered fruit! Throughout history pumpkins has had many uses. Remember Jonah in the Bible? He sat under the shade of a gourd to relieve his sunstroke! In…

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Relevance: 94%      Posted on: 13/07/2018

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Cucumber Parisian Pickling

Relevance: 90%      Posted on: 13/11/2017

Cucumis sativus This French heirloom is a great little cucumber. A proper gherkin-type that is very reliable and productive and specifically grown for pickling. However nothing stops you from letting them grow on a bit and using them in salads. Approx. 10 seeds

Cinnamon and Chia Seed Energy Balls (Vegan & Gluten – Free)

Relevance: 86%      Posted on: 14/03/2019

Ingredients 250g pitted dates 90g pecans 100g almonds 2 handfuls of sunflower seeds 2 tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Method 1. Simmer dates in a saucepan with water on a low heat for 5 minutes. 2. Whizz all other ingredients, in a food processor for a couple of seconds, until they've almost formed a flour-like consistency. 3. Drain and add dates to the food processor - making sure no water from the saucepan goes in. 4. Blend until a sticky paste is formed. 5. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture, and roll into balls…

It is the season!

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: 15/08/2019

Isn’t it amazing how time flies? Here we are in the second half of 2019, with winter nearing its end. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about spring and what you need to do to prepare your veggie garden for the new season. A good place to start would be to clear your beds, add compost and mulch and allow the soil to recuperate a bit. So the question becomes, what can we plant? Fortunately, the warmer seasons offer more possibilities! And why don’t you try varieties that you haven’t planted before? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Visit…

Seed Focus – Beans

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: 24/10/2018

Spring and Summer - the time to plant beans. There are so many varieties of beans available. Some are green, some are purple, some yellow! In Durandt's Heirloom Seeds online shop, you can find 66 different heirloom varieties of beans that was grown organically. So what's the big deal on beans? Beans are part of the Legume family and not only are they "capsules" of concentrated nutrition with a myriad of health benefits, they are also good for the environment. No other food in its natural state is as rich in protein as legumes. Beans contain between 20 to 30%…

Herb Oregano

Relevance: 79%      Posted on: 11/10/2018

Origanum vulgare A very hardy herb that will do well almost anywhere. Oregano is an essential Mediterranean herb and is used in a variety of dishes, most complimentary to cheese, egg, pizza and pasta dishes. Perfect for your bolognaise, other tomato based sauces and most meat dishes. Companion plants: Strawberries, peppers, beans, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips. Approx. 50 seeds

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Squash Green Hubbard

Relevance: 58%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

(Cucurbita maxima) Heirloom. Said to be the original Hubbard from which all other Hubbard’s have been selected. It should not be confused with the Green Warted Hubbard which was introduced 50 years later. This Hubbard is a staple in many households, and with is sweet flesh, and fine grain it really is one of the best varieties out there. Unfortunately the few offered in stored a hybrid variety designed to produce the maximum number of fruits, and has not capturer the true essence of the original Green Hubbard. The Hubbard is a very good keeper and can be stored for…

Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: 21/02/2019

Ingredients • 1/2 head cauliflower (between 0.5 – 1 kg.), trimmed and cut into 5cm. florets (about 4 cups florets) • 4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • About 1 tsp. smoked paprika • 2 teaspoons salt, divided • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled • About 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 3 1/2 tablespoons well-stirred tahini Method • Preheat oven to 450°. Put cauliflower florets in a large bowl and add 1 1/2 tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. salt, the cumin, chilli flakes, and garlic. Toss…