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Melothria–sweet pickles

I’m excited to try making sweet pickles out of my melothria.  Garden Betty has a great looking recipe.  The way they’re growing, I’m guessing I’ll have enough for a jar in a week or so.  I’m also adding red onions, sweet red peppers, and maybe some fresh sliced jalapenos. Pickles

Here are the ingredients from Garden Betty:

Bread and Butter Pickles
Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

Cucumbers, sliced (enough to fill a quart jar)
Kosher salt
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon mustard seeds (I used a mix of brown and yellow)
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Read more at  http://www.gardenbetty.com/2012/09/bread-and-butter-pickles/#YGjBxpwJrI4M3ari.99.  Thanks, Garden Betty!

 

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The beauty of a little garden

I have a couple of raised beds and planted some lovelies in it.

This sweetie has a long way to go.  Probably another 3 or 4 inches and then it will start turning red.
This sweetie has a long way to go. Probably another 3 or 4 inches and then it will start turning red.
These little babies are referred to as Mexican Cucumbers, Mexican Gherkins, and so on. Tiny little things that make a beautiful vine. When I get enough, and they're beginning to produce, I want to make some sweet pickles.
Melothria: These little babies are referred to as Mexican Cucumbers, Mexican Gherkins, and so on. Tiny little things that make a beautiful vine. When I get enough, and they’re beginning to produce, I want to make some sweet pickles.
Melthoria.  The tall one has about a 10-day start on the others, but  all of them are beginning to produce.
Melothria. The tall one has about a 10-day start on the others, but all of them are beginning to produce.

For more information regarding the very interesting plant identified above, see Garden Betty’s blog or The Modern Farmer.

And let's not forget the tomatoes.  I've already picked about 10.
And let’s not forget the tomatoes. I’ve already picked about 10.