It is our 100th Mystery Seed of the Week!
To celebrate, let's take a look at a few of our readers' favorite seeds and seed pods over the past two years.
Starting out, Katherine says these bottle tree (Brachychiton) seed pods have wonderful boat shapes.
Not surprisingly, many of the fan favorites had to do with food.
Both Rebecca (of Rebecca in the Woods) and Mike (of Slugyard) shared Indian-inspired recipes for the chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans). Rebecca suggested cholay (curried chickpeas) and Mike chimed in with "...Indian chili. It has chickpeas, onions, garlic, tomatoes, ginger, and a tad bit of cashew nut butter (peanut works fine too). Oh, and ground lamb, and a bay leaf, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and garam masala. Delicious!"
Just writing this makes me hungry.
Note: the chickpeas in the photograph are actually dried seeds, ready for planting. That might be why they were difficult to recognize.
Cranberries also sparked a lot of interest.
Eamon believes cranberries are great in smoothies. I hadn't thought of that, but people do drink a lot of cranberry juice, so I went looking for a recipe. I found a great one that took soymilk, cranberries, honey and half a banana. Very refreshing served over ice. Great suggestion, Eamon.
Lynne sent me a recipe for cranberry salsa. She says,
"You can use plain cranberry sauce from the store or make your own.
Add chopped jalepeno, 1 medium or more if you like it hot.
Chopped green onion 1 or 2, mix.
...This is yummy over cream cheese, it makes a nice appetizer."
Wow, thanks for sharing, Lynne!
Looking back, we have covered some common seeds and some unusual ones. One of the most unusual seeds we have covered is from the tipu tree.
It is a legume with a seed that looks like a maple key. Very cool!
Does anyone remember our very first mystery seeds, from way back in November of 2009?
Thanks to everyone who has left comments and sent notes. You are a great community!
And, if you have any suggestions for upcoming mystery seeds I would love to hear them.