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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.

Patrick Hunter

Patrick has been practicing herbalism and homesteading at home for over a decade. His favorite homesteading activities include woodworking, jamming, and roasting and brewing fine coffees. He also loves taekwondo and gaming with his son. He owns and operates Hunter Creation, provider of many graphic design services, including website design, web hosting, and graphic design.

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