Non-Traditional Garden Recipes

gardenSummer gardens are a wonderful addition to any yard. They provide fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables for the grower’s family. Thanks to the temperate Long Island summer, gardeners may wind up with an unexpected blessing this season: an overabundance of crops.

SO, what to do with all those extra goodies? Long Island Mamas surveyed local gardeners, and they offered some non-traditional uses for some of their favorites.


cucmberCucumbers   Sunburn Cure: Rub cucumber slices on a sunburn. It works like aloe and soothes irritated skin. (Of course, sunscreen should always be used as a first line of defense).  OR a Magic Eraser: Use an unpeeled cucumber to help remove crayon from a painted wall.

Parsley    Better Than Bubblegum: Chew leaves to freshen breath.

Rosemary  Bugs Be Gone: Rub the leaves of a rosemary plant onto skin for a natural mosquito repellant.

Mint-leaves-2007Mint  Tea Time: Make a tea out of fresh or dried leaves as a way to relieve indigestion.

Basil    Headache Helper: Add a tablespoon of dried basil to 2 cups of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel. CAREFULLY lean over the pot and inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes or until the headache starts to subside.

tomatoesTomatoes  Not Just for Southeners: Fried Green Tomatoes are a great way to use fruits that won’t have time to ripen before the first frost. While they obviously don’t serve a medicinal purpose, they are a top-notch form of comfort food. That counts for something, right?

Fried Green Tomatoes:  You will need:  ½ cup of vegetable oil, 4 large green tomatoes, sliced into ¼ inch rounds, 2 cups flour,  2 eggs, beaten well, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet
  • Dip tomato slices into egg, then dredge in flour
  • *For extra crispy tomatoes, dip again in egg and dredge in seasoned bread crumbs, then fry as usual.
  • Place battered tomatoes in frying pan. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Fry tomatoes until they are golden brown (2-3 minutes per side).


Serve and enjoy!


By: Rachel Minkowsky

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