Up close and personal with fruit of the cold-hardy prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp.) we keep going in about.
We're still not sure how to classify these (the Opuntia genus is notoriously challenging), but they are most definitely not the typical prickly pear of New Jersey (the low-growing, small, shriveled-in-winter Opuntia humifusa). These have large pads and spines, grow up to two or three feet tall, and are laden with these medium-sized, plump, juicy fruit. Still smaller than supermarket cactus fruit (Opuntia ficus-indica), they can be used in the same way. I just made four cups of jelly from this year's harvest.
They're quite delicious: sour, a bit sweet, with a flavor somewhere between watermelon and rose water, especially after being concentrated through cooking.
Sign up on our website to join our cold-hardy prickly pear breeding project, seeking to further improve this already extraordinary crop plant. Link in bio.
Come January, we plan to start selling seeds from this unique cactus population (participants in the breeding project will have to buy the seeds to cover costs). But in the meantime, time is running out on our holiday sale of our 2018 seed stock (ends Monday at midnight): 20% off all sales over $10! Be sure to use the discount code AGROECOLOGY.
What could be better on a chilly winter ❄ day than a warm mug of cocoa? Celebrate Hot Cocoa Day by preparing a festive cup ☕ with your loved ones. While heating up your cocoa, keep the lid on the pan and make sure to use the right size burner to save energy! 💡
One person was rushed to a hospital in Paterson after gunfire rang out in Passaic causing injuries to the victim late Friday night.
According to preliminary reports, police were called to the vicinity of Bergen and 1st streets at approximately 11:40 after they received reports of shots fired. For more details on this story, please visit www.rlsmedia.com | Link in Bio | #nj#newjersey#gardenstate#crime#passaic
Police in Newark swiftly recovered a vehicle that was reportedly carjacked at a location in the city on Friday night.
According to reports, police put out a be on the lookout for a silver 2005 BMW 525i that was carjacked in the teen block of Garibaldi Avenue before 12:30 a.m. For more details on this story, please visit www.rlsmedia.com | Link in Bio | #nj#newjersey#gardenstate#crime#newark#newarknj
MAYS LANDING- An Ocean City woman pleaded guilty on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in connection to the drug-induced death of a 33-year-old man on June 2, 2017, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Police say, Alissa Cunningham, 31, pleaded guilty to the following charges: For more details on this story, please visit www.rlsmedia.com | Link in Bio | #nj#newjersey#gardenstate#crime#mayslanding
Authorities in Newark are continuing to negotiate with a hostage taker who refuses to surrender since 10 p.m. after holding a woman hostage and keeping police at bay through the overnight hours.
According to preliminary reports, the situation unfolded when a police officer stumbled upon a man who reportedly had a gun pointed at a woman's head in the vicinity of Broadway and Irving Street. For more details on this story, please visit www.rlsmedia.com | Link in Bio | #nj#newjersey#gardenstate#crime#newark#newarknj
Our festive @stocktonmarket stall is brimming with beautiful produce from our farm and local/organic trustworthy producers across the country. Coupled with flavorful handcrafted chutneys, sauces, and seasonings, a Saturday night in cooking sounds like a wonderful plan! See you at the market this weekend.