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Show 2: The Summer Harvest

Show 2: The Summer Harvest

Summer fruits are abundant, especially amidst the dog days of August and into early September. Blackberries and peaches are coming on as are plums, early apples, and pears. All these delicious fruits have medicinal properties a practical herbalist can use through out the year. We discussed how you can use your summer harvest to make medicine even the most skeptical, picky patient won’t question.

Fruits discussed included:

  • Apple
  • Plum
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Asian Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Quinces
  • Elderberry
  • Grapes

Herbs and Spices discussed included:

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon
  • Clove
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Garlic

Preservation methods included:

  • Canning
  • Simple Syrups
  • Freezing
  • Drying
  • Vinegars

For recipes and tips on preserving, see Recipes on The Practical Herbalist online.


In June 2014, Dr. Mehmet Oz went before a senate hearing committee to answer questions about some of his recent claims regarding herbalism, according to a CNN article pubished on June 19, 2014. The specific claims discussed in the hearing were regarding the use of green coffee bean extract as a weight-loss aid. We discussed the responsibilities doctors like Dr. Oz have for having research that backs their claims, the responsibilities herbalists bear for citing scientific research to back their claims or recommendations, and the gray area between clinical herbalism, herbalism, and doctors of medicine.

Herbal 101

Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed flavinoids, how to recognize them in fruits, and why they’re important to good health.

Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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