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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
So, I was thinking today, it's pretty easy to dehydrate and powder leaves. Some leaves have a lot of protein (amaranth leaves, for instance). Seeds can be pretty difficult to harvest, and fruits take longer to dehydrate. So, why not powder lots of leaves? I'm considering powdering our edible ...read more

Harvesting common amaranth seeds

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
I figured common amaranth would have seeds just like the cultivated grain amaranths, since the plants look so much the same—but no. We harvested some the other day, and the seeds were like tiny black specks. I wasn't expecting them to be so small, neither did I expect them to be black (there's n...read more
by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
What kind of fruit has the most seeds? I don't currently know the answer, nor do I have seed counts, but in general, these fruits have a lot of seeds: • Tomatillos (usually; sometimes they don't) • Muskmelons (I've never met a muskmelon with few seeds. They are reliably seedy, in my exper...read more

Tomato soup recipe, October 2020

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Ingredients: * 1 quart stewed tomatoes * Black pepper (a liberal amount) * Onion powder * Garlic powder (or else granulated garlic) * Milk (a liberal amount) * Himalayan pink sea salt * Parmesian cheese (a liberal amount is fine) * A bay leaf (optional) Directions: Blend up the quart...read more

Tasty carob drink recipe

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Here's an excellent carob drink recipe (without exact measurements): * Carob * Almond milk (not sweetened or flavored) * Brown sugar Heat it on the stovetop. Anyway, it tastes kind of like hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows in it. It's not bitter at all. But yes, it doesn't taste...read more

Dehydrating hot peppers in 2020—ouch!

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by Radishrain • | | 3 comments
So, before I last went to sleep, I commenced dehydrating all our hot peppers, except the ones on the plants that I somehow missed during harvest. There always seem to be a few stragglers. I'm no stranger to cutting up hot peppers (including superhots) with unprotected hands (although I don't ...read more

Radishrain's 2021 pepper growlist

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Okay, in 2021, I'm focusing on sweet peppers, including several orange sweet peppers. No hot peppers, this year. They're all Capsicum annuum sweet peppers. This is mostly the beginning of a breeding project. I'm hoping to breed prolific, early, purple/orange, medium-sized, cone-shaped, thick-...read more

The wonderful uses of black pepper

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
You probably know that black pepper is a common seasoning to add a little extra flavor, but did you know it has some pretty remarkable traits? 1. If you don't like the taste/smell of cloves, add black pepper! I got some turkey franks (turkey hotdogs) the other day, and they tasted strongly of...read more

My offsite watermelon posts, 2020

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
https://www.tomatojunction.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=1540 I posted some significant stuff about this year in the thread above. You have to register to see the pictures. Maybe I'll put them here some time.

What happens when you drink plenty of celery juice

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
https://attunehealth.com/i-drank-celery-juice-everyday-for-30-days-heres-what-happened/ I thought this article was worth remembering. It talks about the potential benefits of celery juice (it talks a lot about it). Then it goes on to talk about the writer's experiment in drinking celery juice...read more

Capsaicin and collagen!

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
So, apparently, capsaicin inhibits collagen fiber formation, but it improves the fibers at the same time. This could be very interesting information for those with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (some people who have some symptoms but lack others might benefit from capsaicin, and some people should prob...read more

BB tomatoes

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
I'd like to add the following to the list at this link . • Bill Bean • Black Beauty • Butterscotch Bush (not a true variety; just a codename for a Jim Dandy cross growout of mine from 2016) I'm no longer a Tomatoville member (I got ousted by accident—by changing my email address on my ac...read more

Historical tomato posts

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Here are some of the oldest forum posts about tomatoes on the Internet: • https://web.archive.org/web/19961019103820/http://gardenweb.com/forums/load.cgi/cornucop/msg0315345129248.html?2 • https://web.archive.org/web/19961019104610/http://gardenweb.com/forums/load.cgi/cornucop/msg04212636193...read more

Anti-companion plants for muskmelons

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Don't plant squash next to muskmelons, unless you want squash bugs eating your melons, too. I've had it happen twice, including this year with a squash that I previously though squash bugs didn't like much. (But, apparently, they'll eat it if they don't have anything else nearby.) Anyway, the...read more

Saving seeds from BER watermelons

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
So, in 2017, I grew a Carolina Cross #183 watermelon plant (probably a cross of one, though, since it was from seeds I saved in 2016). Anyway, it started getting a nice-sized fruit, but it got BER. I saved the seeds, and wanted to find out if seeds from BER fruits were more or less likely to get...read more

Multiple cherry tomato taste test

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
I just had a relative taste test several cherry tomatoes: Isis Candy, Eva, Brown Berry, Esterina F1, and Austin's Black Cherry. She liked Eva, and Esterina F1 the most. From my own taste test of those (not today), I liked Eva and Austin's Black Cherry the most. It looks like we agree on Eva; ...read more

First full batch of dehydrated tomatoes, 2020

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
So, I dehydrated these tomatoes last night (and today): And we got this result: I had them on 167 for about 5 hours, and 145 the rest of the time. Different temperatures would assuredly get different flavors. Most of them seem to taste like tomato soup with a zing and a little swee...read more

Fahrenheit Blues tomato

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Fahrenheit Blues tomato Offsite articles: • Dave's Garden • Tatiana's TOMATObase Offsite forum search results: • Google: boards.net • Google: Gardenweb • Google: proboards.com • Google: Tomatoville Here are some of my Fahrenheit Blues tomato fruits from last year. It wasn't...read more

Frittata Kitchen tomato

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by Radishrain • | | 3 comments
Here's my post about the Frittata Kitchen tomato: https://www.tomatojunction.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1500 Frittata Kitchen is a working title for a possible sport of the Bloody Butcher tomato . It's a great culinary tomato, including for frittatas—or at least, this year it is. The fi...read more

Apricot pancake sauce

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
We're not drying a third batch of apricots, since they were starting to go bad too quickly. The rest is reserved for apricot pancake sauce (a relative is making it): pancake_ sauce_

Dehydrating apricots

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
A sibling of mine harvested 12.5 gallons of apricots for us. We've got 2.5 gallons of them (sans waste and a few eaten ones) in the dehydrator right now, in halves (cut portion facing up), at 145° F. on the silicone mesh mats (except for the top tray which is just the chrome-plated stainless ste...read more

Dehydrating cucumbers

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
We've been getting a lot of cucumbers, this year (they're all Spacemaster, unless you count West India burr gherkins as cucumbers). Anyway, we decided to dehydrate a batch of them (six 15" x 13" trays)! They smell just like the dehydrated watermelon. They're resting on silicone mesh...read more

Mineral supplementation via fruiting crops

in Burr Gherkin
by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
West India burr gherkins are easy to grow. They fruit fairly early, prolifically, often, and all season. They're refreshing to eat. They can have an excellent shelf life. They have edible seeds within. I'm thinking they're a good candidate for a crop to use to help supplement minerals in peop...read more

How wonderberries go with other foods

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Wonderberries go excellently with ham. They add a nice zesty flavor. If I eat a few right before I bite into some ham, it also enhances the flavor of that ham. Wonderberries go well with tomatoes. Combined with tomatoes, they're great cooked in frittatas, and on pizza; they're less remarkable...read more

Spacemaster cucumber

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
We're growing Spacemaster cucumbers, this year. They're doing phenomenally well, especially considering that they're in soil that is probably kind of salty (due to being right next to a driveway that is salted in the winter). I don't know if they just like the year, or if it's an especially good...read more
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