Written by: Stefani Bittner + Alethea Harampolis
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Month, Year: February, 2017

A brief summary from GoodReads:
A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

My Thoughts:
Harvest is an absolutely gorgeous book that every gardener, experienced and novice alike, should have on their bookshelves! Filled with 47 projects ranging from dyes, drinks, balms, to seasonings, Harvest will invoke the creative in your soul. Readers will be inclined to immediately start gardening in attempts to create these exciting projects!

Broken into 3 categories, Early, Mid, and Late, each section tempts readers with ideas for each growing season. The authors, Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis, use both known and lesser known herbs, vegetables, and fruits to create wonderful, home-grown recipes. In addition to recipes, Bittner and Harampolis go into exquisite detail for each herb, vegetable, and fruit, notifying the readers how and where to grow these items and how to harvest them once they are ready.

When I initially flipped through this book, I was drawn in by the enticing photography, showcasing in great detail each herb, vegetable, and fruit, as well as the projects! Readers will learn how to make items such as Rosewater Facial Toner, Huckleberry Shrub, Papa’s Finger Lime Gin & Tonic, and Pineapple Guava Simple Syrup. In fact, I’m so excited about some of these projects that I may just go to the local grocery store and buy some items so I can try them out now!

This awe-inducing collection of bountiful recipes will leave you ready to harvest your own gardens as soon as possible. Harvest is a perfect read or gift for anyone who loves nature’s bounty and gardening. This is a horticulture gem!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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