imageGotu Kola, also known as Indian Pennywort, Centella asiatica, in the Apiaceae or Parsley family grows as a perennial in zone 7 to 11.  It loves moisture and likes to creep with it’s above-ground runners.   Easy to propagate from the runners here in South Florida.  I use it in salads, can also make a drink or tea, rice, stew with it.   Familiar to Indian and Thai culinary wise.  

imageBesides culinary, it’s medicinal properties include alterative, antioxidant, cytophylactic, diuretic, hypotensive, nerving sedative, refrigerant, among others.  

Decided to create more with stained glass, here’s a couple butterfly mobiles. 

Garden goddess’s look more vibrant now they’re fired.  I added strings of beads and ceramic hearts I made, to dress them up.

 The two sister goddess’s sit on either side of ceramic house number.

 Chayote, also called, vegetable pear, can be eaten raw or cooked.   I noticed our first chayote hanging from the vine just the other day, hence this new recipe.  Besides salsa, it’s great  raw in salads or pickled or cooked lightly in a stir-fry.  It’s lends a delicate crisp texture.  

Raw chayote’s mild flavor takes on flavor of what added.  Ginger spiked this salsa, the more added the more intense peppery tang.  For a milder salsa use less.   Use this salsa as a condiment.  Add to fruit or vegetable salad or on the side with most meals.

Instead of mint, you can use fresh cilantro or a tropical version like culantro or Vietnamese coriander or one of your favorite herbs.

2 1/2 cups peeled and diced chayote, without seed; about 1 whole

1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger root

2 teaspoons finely minced fresh peppermint

Milx all ingredients in a small bowl.  Refrigerate.

Yield: about 2 cups



imageExcited to find chayote fruit hanging from vines in our garden. Chayote, Sechium edule, in the Curcurbitaceae or cucurbit family, a tender perennial vine grows in zone 8 to 11. Can plant chayote any time of year, in south Florida best time is fall.

imagePropagate by seed which is within the…