Food from Our Friends – Pollinator Recipes

National Pollinator Week is about learning and helping pollinators, but it should also be about appreciating them! We don’t know about you, but we like good food. One of the easiest ways to appreciate pollinators is to think about how they help the plants that we love to eat. We hope you’ll enjoy appreciating pollinators with us. It’s yummy!

You might not know it, but Kerry and pollinators have something in common: they both love mint! Mint can be found all over, maybe even in your yard. You can use mint in practically anything. If you’re like Kerry, you’ll want to use it in everything!

mint sun tea One favorite is Minty Sun Tea.

For a great summer drink, try making sun mint tea. Heads up, it’s really simple.

  1. Pick a fresh sprig of mint.
  2. Add the mint and a couple of your favorite tea bags to a pitcher containing about 2 quarts of water.
  3. Leave in the sun for several hours or until desired taste/strength. You can make this minty sun tea in the morning, have a great day on the water, in the mountains, working in your pollinator garden, or doing whatever the summer has to offer, and then enjoy a refreshing drink when you return home.

On the other hand, I, Lucy, have a bit more of a sweet tooth. If you’re like me, you might be getting ready for the summer berry season. Wild strawberries are already ripening, and raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries will be coming soon. While these berries are all actually capable of self-pollination, they often rely on pollinators as well for a little extra help. You can nurture your sweet tooth and appreciate pollinators at the same time!

IMG_0285Wild Strawberry Salad

Wild strawberries are notoriously small and hard to pick, so I like to use them in salads. They add great color and summer flavor, but you don’t need to pick too many!

  1. Pick wild strawberries.
  2. Toss them with mixed greens and any other vegetables you might like.
  3. Consider additional toppings – I enjoy walnuts and croutons.
  4. Add your favorite dressing and bon appétit!

Mixed Berry … Anything!

If your legs have ever been scraped up on a walk, you may have run into a wild raspberry or blackraspberry patch. They love sunny, sandy areas, so they can grow practically anywhere in the northern Adirondacks. Blueberries especially love our acidic soil, and you can try looking for them near coniferous trees or mountaintops.

Since these berries are all pretty easy to find, you can just pick enough to add them to or substitute them in for the filling of any recipe. Try: 

  1. Pancakes
  2. Muffins
  3. Or as a topping for a 4th of July cheesecake (red, white, and blue)!