I've been gardening and writing about gardening for more than 20 years, yet I find I'm always learning new things about the plants, insects and other critters that call my backyard home. That's the great thing about gardening — it's never boring! I've worked as a landscaper, on an organic farm, as a research technician in a plant pathology lab and ran a small cut-flower business, all of which inform my garden writing. Someone once asked me when I'll be finished with my gardens, to which I replied, "Never!" For me, gardening is a process, not a goal.
Wild Hibiscus Flowers add a unique flavor and style to holiday appetizers.
Wondering what to give the cooks and food lovers on your list? We've gathered a few of our favorite edible gifts that are sure to please the most discerning gourmets, as well as anyone who appreciates unique and delicious food.
From the foothills of the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, comes a delightfully delectable treat for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Wild Hibiscus Flowers are harvested, cleaned and packed by hand, and then preserved in pure cane sugar syrup, creating a delicious and colorful way to elegantly enhance any drink, appetizer, entree or dessert. Place one flower in the bottom of a champagne flute, pour in a bit of the syrup, top with bubbly or spakling water, and watch as the blossoms unfurl and your holiday libation turns a lovely pink. Try stuffing the flowers with balls of goat cheese for colorful appetizers, or use them to garnish just about any savory dish or dessert. The edible flowers have a sweet/tart, raspberry/rhubarb flavor.
Wild Hibiscus Flowers are a unique and memorable treat to serve at holiday gatherings, New Year's Eve bashes, showers, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. Keep a jar or two on hand for last-minute celebrations and hostess gifts. Each 8.8 oz. jar contains eleven flowers, with no artificial colors or preservatives.
Finally, here is a fruitcake like it's supposed to be made! This dark, rich artisanal fruitcake is filled with fruits and nuts and flavored with smooth bourbon, creating a rich and satisfying treat. Handmade in Vermont in small batches using the finest local ingredients, it's a traditional treat for drop-in guests at holiday time.
The bakery that creates these fruitcakes donates all of its profits to support Wonder & Wisdom. Located in Greensboro, Vermont, Wonder & Wisdom is a nonprofit, community-based organization that encourages multi-generational learning. They provide enrichment activities for young and old through after-school programs, summer camps, and trips for seniors, with the goal of helping everyone reach his or her fullest potential.
This fruitcake is an delicious and all-natural tea-time treat, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Loads of flavor and fruity goodness are packed into this 1 lb., 5-1/2" L cake.
Choose from three types of mushroom kits: Crimini Baby Bella, Giant Portabella and Oyster Mushroom Garden
Growing mushrooms is easy and fun, and watching them emerge from the growing medium is nothing short of magical. It's a perfect activity for the whole family, especially during fall and winter months when your outdoor garden is resting. Don't let the end of the gardening season mean the end of your homegrown harvest!
The easiest way to grow mushrooms at home is with a kit. Each kit contains an organic growing medium (like compost or coffee grounds) filled with mycelium — long, white filaments that you can think of as the mushroom plants' roots. Follow the simple directions on the package, keeping the kit at room temperature and misting as instructed. Within weeks you'll begin to see mushrooms popping out, and soon after you'll be enjoying your first harvest of these delicious and nutrient-rich delicacies. A longtime customer favorite, our mushroom kits make fun and fascinating gifts.
The Premium Edition Beer Kit
Our all-in-one kits make it easy to brew your own premium ale and root beer. Like growing mushrooms, home brewing is a fun winter activity that yields tasty results.
The Premium Edition Beer Kit includes everything you need to brew two gallons of refreshing pale ale, a light-bodied, sparking beer with an alcohol content of about 3.7%. This kit is the perfect way to get started, and it's a unique and welcome gift for a beer connoisseur.
The Root Beer Kit is designed to get the whole family involved. This home-brewed treat is naturally carbonated, giving it less fizz and a smooth, creamy taste. With this kit you can brew two, one-gallon batches of delicious, old-fashioned root beer. It includes all the essential ingredients plus four bottles and complete instructions.
Vermont Maple Syrup
In Vermont, "sugaring" season starts when the maple trees' sap begins to flow, and it's a sure sign that spring is on its way. The rural landscape is dotted with sugarhouses that come alive, when owners fire up the wood-heated evaporators and begin boiling down the sap. As you drive down the road, you'll see steam rising from the cupolas, and perhaps catch a faintly sweet maple scent in the breeze. It takes 30 to 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of syrup!
Our Vermont Maple Syrup is organic and 100 percent pure, with nothing added. Enjoy it on pancakes, waffles, ice cream and yogurt. You can also use it in baked goods or to add a distinctive flavor to glazes and marinades for meats and vegetables. Real Vermont Maple Syrup is always a welcome gift, too.
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