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Lemon Balm and Cucumber Soup Recipe

In a blender or food processor, coarsely chop 3 cucumbers with 1 tbsp Lemon Balm leaves, 2 scallions, 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1/4 cup toasted pecans and 1 tbsp each of fresh dill, mint and parsley. Add 3 cups plain yogurt and 1 tbsp olive oil. Blend until puréed. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve chilled.

 

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • How can you tell when it is time to harvest the backyard apple, peach, pear and cherry trees? Time the picking to coincide with the fruit being fully ripe to yield its peak of flavor and nutrition. Here’s what to look for:
    - The fruit will look ripe. Its skin will be flush with color rather than the green shade it had while developing all summer.
    - The fruit will feel ripe. It will yield to a gentle squeeze indicating the flesh has softened somewhat.
    - It will also smell ripe becoming pleasantly fragrant, especially when the sun has warmed it.
    - The best indication that fruit is ready for picking is that it picks easily. Truly ripe fruit virtually falls into your hand when grasped. But harvest before it drops onto the ground and attracts bees.