The Herb Nugget eludes to our bunker’s location in the 2011 tornado tract of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massacusetts; nature will always win! Indoor seed starting has begun, with our seedling breaking the surface of the “Italian Seasoning” garden we are planting this year. If you want to know about how we start seeds, you can check out this post (which includes a .pdf of a talk we recently gave) on the subject.
Marc’s “Herb of the Podcast” is Cichorium intybus — Chicory! We personally have harvested and enjoyed the roasted chicory root as a coffee like beverage.
Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Smith AP, et al. An Investigation of the Acute Effects of Oligofructose-Enriched Inulin on Subjective Wellbeing, Mood and Cognitive Performance. Nutrients 2015 (7): 8887-8896. Mindy gives a brief summary on Inulin (which is found abundantly in chicory root), its prebiotic capabilites, and utility to gut flora as a backdrop. The article describes human inulin consumption correlating with better memory, improved sense of happiness, less indigestion, and less hunger when compared to a placebo.
The Book Review is “Mushrooms of Northeast North America” by George Barron. The full review is here. This gives us an opportunity to talk about how we are dipping our toes into the world of mycology. Mindy also talks about her brand new magnifying loupe.
The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one and this one. One of them discusses how a couple created India’s first and only private wildlife sanctuary from seemingly useless land. The other bashes on the commercialization of food foraging in the United Kingdom.
Don’t forget that Herbstalk is right around the corner (June 4th & 5th)! Enjoy the show! The botanical plate pictured above is from Kops et al., J., Flora Batava, vol. 11: t. 832 (1853) and was obtained from plantillustrations.org.