By 2016 POP Intern, Lucia Kearney. I first encountered the pawpaw one late-September day when my former elementary school art teacher came to my parents’ house for dinner. She and her husband had gone foraging for them on Swarthmore College’s campus before heading our way. I was perplexed; these fruits were native to the area, … Continue reading Plant Spotlight: Meet the Pawpaw! (Asimina triloba)
By 2016 POP Intern, Lucia Kearney Cornelian Cherries are some of the first trees to bloom, their bright yellow flowers bursting forth at the end of winter right when everyone could use some color in their lives. A member of the dogwood family, Cornelian Cherries are small trees, usually growing to around 16 feet in … Continue reading Cornelian Cherry (Cornus Mas), An Early Bloomer
By 2016 POP Intern, Bridget Downey, and POP Program Director, Robyn Mello Burdock is one of the first plants to be aware of at the start of spring when plants begin to emerge. Though it’s mostly loathed by gardeners, landscapers, and pet-owners due to its opportunistic nature and tenacious seedheads, it’s also a weed that is … Continue reading Burdock: Blessing or Burr-den?
Hawthorns planted near 15th & Arch! Check out the leaf shape and fruit blossom end to help with identification. In December, POPHarvest’s last community gleaning of the season was a hawthorn berry harvest from the edges of Teens 4 Good’s farm at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Want to know about future events? Feel free … Continue reading Plant of The Month: Hawthorn
Post prepared by POP Education Committee Member, Karen Stark, GMO Free PA. I love apple season–the sight of reddening fruit hanging heavy from trees as the leaves change; the first bite of a tart, crisp apple picked straight from a tree; apple-cider and apple cider donuts; and all of the apple-themed recipes. Extend the autumnal warmth a … Continue reading Orchard-themed Holiday Gift Idea: Easy Apple Pie Filling
Harvesting ripe fruit and berries from your orchard can often yield more than you or your family can eat all at once! A great way to prevent your harvest from rotting is to preserve it through dehydration! Preparation Only use fully ripened fruit, cut into pieces about 1/4 inch thick. Clean fruit thoroughly and remove … Continue reading Fruit Preservation by Dehydrating
Whether you’re making jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, fruit butters, shrubs, sauces or something else – canning is a great way to preserve the abundance of the harvest to enjoy throughout the year! Intro to Canning Safety Ensuring that the food you’re eating is free from things that will make you sick is extremely important. If … Continue reading Preservation: Canning Safety and Summer Recipes
Jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, fruit butters, sauces and more! Canning is another great way to preserve fruit to enjoy throughout the year. . . Intro to Canning Safety Ensuring that the food you’re eating is free from things that will make you sick is extremely important. If you’re new to canning but have … Continue reading Fall Canning Recipes