Toronto has so much to offer, to see and do, and we were able to take part in one of those great events! On July 19th – 20th, teALCHEMY was a part of Savory Sagas Herbs of Life. Held at the Chelsea Hotel, teALCHEMY was on hand offering some of our top sellers including our Blooming Tea, Tea Elixirs and tea accessories.
I was able to learn a lot from our neighbours at the event from The Healing Arc, a Sea Buckhorn estate in Teeswater, ON. Owner, Marlene Wynnyk shared her experiences and research knowledge of the hearty plant and flavourful berries. Sea Buckthorn is rich in many essential nutrients. It contains high concentration of Vitamin C, carotenoids, fatty acids as well as phytochemicals that are known to have strong antioxidant activity.
The ladies of Lavendar Blu on the Purple Road of Ontario shared cooking with lavender recipes, the scents of lavender soaps and beautiful artisan arrangements. They suggested adding lavender with sweet and savory dishes. Mix with mint or thyme (same family) , bananas and cream cheeses. The ungusty variety is a sweeter lavendar then the pundant taller french lavndar more suited with savory like meats and stews Use fresh lavenders leaves and flowers, dry for 3 weeks by debuding it, put in pillow case, rub gently to allow buds to separate. The best time to harvest is when the bud is still closed. BBQ stems with shrimp amd scallops. The most potent oils and flavour are released by pestal and mortar just before cooking. It goes well with pork, apple, shortbread and scones. Visit Lavendar Blu for more information.
We attended a book signing by Beverley Gray, author of The Boreal Herbal – Wild Food and Medicine Plants.
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