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Is A Tomato A Fruit or a Vegetable?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Is A Tomato A Fruit or a Vegetable?

A hotly debated question: what, in fact, is a tomato? A sweet fruit or a savory vegetable? The answer depends on whether you’re a botanist or a chef.

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Edgar Allan Poe: A Cottage in the Woods

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Unmowed Authors, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Edgar Allan Poe: A Cottage in the Woods

It wasn’t exactly a romantic Kingdom by the Sea, but it was in this quiet cottage that Edgar Allan Poe wrote one of his greatest poems.

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What To Do With An Old Christmas Tree

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in edible, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

What To Do With An Old Christmas Tree

Balsam fir tea soothes the sinuses, opens the nasal passages, and evokes the depths of the wild forest in your stressed-out soul.

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Deck The Halls: A Field Guide

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Deck The Halls: A Field Guide

One of the remarkable things about December, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, is that almost everywhere you go, there are evergreens draped all over things. The more urban the setting, the more greenery. Shopping malls suddenly resemble forests. I found plenty of foliage today at the grocery store. And the botanist in me always glances at the evergreen decor with an eye to identification. Now evergreen isn’t a type of plant, it’s a lifestyle. There are evergreen ferns, oaks, and mosses. It just means they keep some (but not all) of their leaves green all year long. (Needles are...

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Mint: Is It Your Cup of Tea?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Mint: Is It Your Cup of Tea?

Upset stomach. Ugh. Not horridly painful, nothing serious, just out of sorts and a bit, acidy, you know—really don’t feel like eating. So I’ve been trying to use more herbal remedies for the little aches and pains of life, and I googled herbal remedies for upset stomachs. Came up with mint tea—specifically, peppermint tea. Ah, okay, lots of peppermint growing in the backyard, so let’s give it a try.  Making mint tea is simple. Rinse off the mint leaves and stems (any part of the plant will do), put a handful in a Mason jar, and pour in boiling water. And that’s it. Let it steep for a...

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Samoa: Fish-Watching

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Samoa: Fish-Watching

Coral reef fish are the craziest, gaudiest, most unlikely colors, like a kid run wild with a paintbox. Splashes of lemon, stripes of neon blue, turquoise, and the hottest of hot pink. Each fish is a work of art that’s looking you right in the eye.

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