Monthly Archives: July 2013

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    A Sweet Reference… Natural Sweetener Substitutes for White Sugar

A Sweet Reference… Natural Sweetener Substitutes for White Sugar

To replace white sugar, try these substitutions:

Sweetener Amount to replace 1 cup sugar Adjustments to recipe
* If you use barley malt or brown rice syrups in baked goods, be aware that a natural enzyme in these sweeteners may liquefy the consistency of the batter. This is more likely when eggs […]

Making a Mushroom Patch: Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

I wanted to write a quick article outlining how I created another mushroom patch over the weekend. As I said in my previous article (Making a Mushroom Patch: King Stropharia (Garden Giant) Mushrooms), this is an experiment, for as far as I can tell, there has not been […]

Permaculture Plants: Saffron

Scientific Name: Crocus sativus
Family: Iridaceae (the Iris family)

Description:
Saffron is a small plant known throughout the world for its flowers which produce bright crimson stigmas used as a spice. The plant is fairly easy to grow and makes a nice addition to the Herbaceous Layer of the Forest Garden; however, ideal conditions are needed for […]

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Two: 11-20)

As I discussed in my recent article, Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms, here is a list of 70 Distinctive Mushrooms.

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part One: 1-10)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Two: 11-20)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part […]

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    Making a Mushroom Patch: King Stropharia (Garden Giant) Mushrooms

Making a Mushroom Patch: King Stropharia (Garden Giant) Mushrooms

I wanted to write a quick article outlining how I created my new mushroom patch over the weekend. This is an experiment, for as far as I can tell, there has not been any mushroom cultivation on this island in the Azores. The Azoreans as a whole are fairly […]

Permaculture Plants: Water Lotus

Scientific Name: Nelumbo species
Family: Nelumbonaceae (the Lotus family) formerly within the Nymphaeaceae family (the Water Lily family)

Common Species (well actually all of them, since there are only two):

  • American or Yellow Water Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)
  • Sacred or Chinese or Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

Description:
The Water Lotus is an important food in Asian cuisine, and it […]

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    Permaculture Tips: Tree Identification Apps for Mobile Devices

Permaculture Tips: Tree Identification Apps for Mobile Devices

While watching a video lecture from Geoff Lawton, he referenced LeafSnap (see below). This got me thinking about appropriate technologies we can use in our Permaculture designs. I wanted to share a few tree identification guides. Unfortunately for my international readers, these are just for North America. There are a […]

Permaculture Plants: Sorbus Species

Scientific Name: Sorbus species (there is a push to divide the Sorbus genus)
Family: Rosaceae (the Rose family)

Common Species:

  • Whitebeam (Sorbus aria): good wood; up to 0.625 inch (16 mm) oval, red fruit; mealy but sweet
  • Korean Mountain Ash (Sorbus alnifolia): good wood; up to 0.5 inch (13 mm) pink to purple fruit, mealy with a […]

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part One: 1-10)

As I discussed in my recent article, Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms, here is a list of 70 Distinctive Mushrooms.

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part One: 1-10)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Two: 11-20)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part […]

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    Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms

Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms

Fungophobia is a term coined by William Delisle Hay, the noted British mycologist (a person who studies fungus, including mushrooms), in 1887. He was one of the first to speak about the social or cultural fear of mushrooms that he saw in England.

He wrote that all mushrooms…

…are lumped […]