“Must o’ Khiar”: Plain whole milk yogurt: add chopped garden mint, chopped garden cucumbers with a bit of salt and pepper is tasty and satisfy the hunger. Often eaten with a small slice of homemade bread or crackers. (Making yogurt at home is better than the store bought.)
Shirazee Salad: Chop small sizes of cucumber, tomatoes, garden mint, garlic, cilantro, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and a small amount of apple cider or balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Garden mint is good for making tea, for settling an upset stomach, and refreshing aroma. Some cultures use it to remedy stomachaches. Three words come to mind when I think of my mint plant: Flavor. Versatile. Hardy.
Words shared by Farah:
Simply put, for the beauty created in the garden, it surpasses all beauty. The season changes as do blossoms. Each has its turn. As the gloom of the winter brown color is suddenly lit by daffodils, followed by the blossoms on the cherry and plum trees, suddenly the other trees begin to blossom, and spring becomes alive with color and delight. How can one not notice the beauty of the changing seasons; each is created for us to enjoy and feed our souls with wonders.
I think the Persian, Indian and Chinese cultures have extra ordinary resource that goes back over 1000 years for curing certain disease and conditions that ailing humans. One of the conditions we need to recognize is that humans are in need of physical and spiritual sustenance. One without the other imbalances the person. One must spend time to rest, to meditate and eat good nutritious balanced foods. I would highly recommend viewing the balance of foods and study of spiritual practices of each culture.
In closing, the survival of human beings is in the plants. When my children were little, I would tell them that if they were ever in a plane crash, observe which vegetation is eaten by the local animals. Those edibles will keep you alive. You will not starve, you will survive. My best to each gardener and for the noble work on this project.