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Water from Your Garden
Water. Big deal. But the thing is, fresh
spring water is a good thing to drink. Problem is, it has no flavor. Sometimes
Like when there’s no sound. I love silence.
Or no light. Darkness is my preferred
So sometimes, flavorless is good too.
However. If you cultivate a food garden, you
never need go without flavor. In your food, or in your water. Summer is ending
here. Up until last week, there were still a few food plants that I used to
infuse jugs of spring water: lemon geranium, borage, and parsley were still
This past summer, I really went non compos mentis with the herb- and fruit-infused waters. This summer’s
favorite, hands down, was cucumber water. I plucked a fresh, smallish cuke from
our garden, sliced it thinly with the mandolin, and added the slices to a full
jug of fresh spring water, then refrigerated it.
This is an insanely
refreshing thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. No calories; perfect for
bikini/tank tops/shorts season! I also infused H2O with basil, spearmint,
peppermint, and lemon balm. I found that it’s a good idea to stick to the ‘one
note’ principle of infused waters: mix up more than one flavor in a jug, and it
One exception to that is any combination of citrus – lemon and lime
slices, grapefruit and lemon slices, orange and lime, et al.
From time to time this past
summer, I picked up some fruits from my favorite local health food store,
Garden of Light in Avon – lemons, limes, kiwis, and grapefruit.
If you like the flavor of
grapefruit, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE grapefruit-infused water. Just add a few
thin slices of a clean, organically-grown grapefruit to your jug of spring
water and refrigerate. SO refreshing.
Now that September is
drawing to a close, I’ve narrowed my infused waters to grapefruit and cucumber.
We still have garden cucumbers in the cooler, and I picked up a juicy, organic
grapefruit from Garden of Light yesterday.