Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants

by Stefani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis


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A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden—not just vegetable plots—can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399578335
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 476,447
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

STEFANI BITTNER and ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS are the owners of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm. Bittner is co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden and Harampolis is co-author of the bestselling The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book, and a co-founder/owner of the floral design company Studio Choo.

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Harvest is a practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide to living with an edible landscape. In this book, you’ll find ways to make your garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often well-known garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your garden.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit. Turn turmeric root into a natural dye and calendula into medicinal oil. Use lilacs to create sweet-smelling cream and apricots to create a facial mask. Use crabapple branches to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to enliven a salad. The plants in this book are not only remarkably useful, but they make for stunning additions anywhere in your garden. You’ll find something exciting to harvest and create from one growing season to the next.



Classic cocktail meets holiday tradition, compliments of Stefani’s mom, Garna, who took the margarita and dressed it with a splash of festive red. Whether you are making a single glass or a pitcher, the ratio of the ingredients stays the same. Use more lime juice if you prefer a tart margarita or more pomegranate juice if you prefer it sweeter. 


1 cup of your favorite tequila 
1 cup triple sec 
½ cup fresh pomegranate juice (from about 2 pomegranates) 
½ cup fresh lime juice 
Large-grained salt such as kosher or flake salt 
Lime slice 
Ice cubes 
Handful of pomegranate seeds, for garnish 
Combine the tequila, triple sec, and both juices in a pitcher and stir thoroughly. Pour the salt onto a small plate. Rub the lime slice around the rim of each glass, and then dip the rims in the salt. Pour the margarita over ice in the salt-rimmed glasses. For a seasonal festive touch, garnish with the pomegranate seeds. 
It’s fun to make your own lip balm from the garden. And if you keep bees, this is also a great way to use your beeswax. 


3 tablespoons calamintha-infused olive oil 
1 tablespoon beeswax
Place the calamintha olive oil and beeswax into a heatproof glass measuring cup with a pour spout. Fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water. Set the measuring cup into the saucepan and gently warm over medium-low heat until the oil and beeswax melt together. Stir occasionally to ensure that the beeswax melts completely. 

Carefully remove the measuring cup from the pan. Wipe off the water from the outside of the measuring cup so that no water gets into your lip balm while pouring it into its final containers. Pour the lip balm into containers (such as small tins), and secure the lids. Store in a cool place for up to 3 months.

Table of Contents

RHUBARB 9 Small-Batch, Quick-Pickled Rhubarb 10
BREADSEED POPPY 13 Poppy Seed Dressing 14
LILAC 17 Lilac Flower Cream 18
APPLE & CRABAPPLE 21 Branch Arrangement 22
BACHELOR’S BUTTONS 25 Blooming Butter 26
SALAD BURNET 29 Early-Season Herb Salad 30
ARTICHOKE & CARDOON 33 Artichoke Arrangement 34
PEPPERMINT CANDY FLOWER 37 Edible Flower–Pressed Cheese 38
ELDERBERRY 41 Elderflower-Infused Honey 42
BLACK CUMIN 45 Warmed Olives with Black Cumin Seeds 46
FEVERFEW 49 Feverfew Tea Bundles 50
APRICOT 53 Apricot Facial Mask 54

MID 59
SCENTED GERANIUM 61 Scented Geranium Sugar 62
OREGANO 65 Edible Flower–Infused Vinegar 66
LAVENDER 69 Lavender & Mint Tea 70
ALPINE STRAWBERRY 73 Alpine Strawberry & Friends Posy 74
PURPLE CONEFLOWER 77 Gardener’s Salve 78
ANISE HYSSOP 81 Anise Hyssop Iced Tea 82
BLUEBERRY 85 Blueberry Dye 86
FLOWERING BASILS 89 Flowering Basil Arrangement 90
GEM MARIGOLDS 93 Marigold Bitters (Amaro) 94
LEMONGRASS 97 Lemongrass Salt Scrub 98
ROSE 101 Rosewater Facial Toner 102
YARROW 105 Yarrow Herbal Tincture 106
BLACKBERRY 109 Summer Prunings Arrangement 110
LEMON BEE BALM 113 Lemon Bee Balm Tea 114
AMARANTH 117 Midseason Herb Salad 118
THYME 121 Custom Herb Blends 122
CALAMINTHA 125 Herb & Hive Lip Balm 126
HUCKLEBERRY 129 Huckleberry Shrub 130
DWARF WINTER SAVORY 133 Salt-Preserved Herbs 134

LATE 139
QUINCE 141 Quince Paste 142
ASIAN PERSIMMON 145 Persimmon Wreath 146
PINEAPPLE GUAVA 149 Pineapple Guava Simple Syrup 150
‘BERGGARTEN’ SAGE 153 Sage Garland 154
SHUNGIKU 157 Late-Season Herb Salad 158
AUSTRALIAN FINGER LIME 161 Papa’s Finger Lime Gin & Tonic 162
CHILEAN GUAVA 165 Petite Ugni Arrangement 166
CHINOTTO ORANGE 169 Vin d’Orange 170
TURMERIC 173 Turmeric Dye 174
VIOLA 177 Edible Flower–Infused Water 178
BORAGE 181 Edible Flower Garnish 182
BAY LAUREL 185 Bay Laurel Kitchen Wreath 186
ROSEMARY 189 Smudge Sticks 190
POMEGRANATE 193 Pomegranate Margarita 194
MASHUA 197 Tuber Mash 198
CALENDULA 201 Calendula-Infused Essential Oil 202

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Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
Harvest Unexpected projects using 47 extraordinary garden plants By: Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis The cover of this book is unique. The book is made very well. The pictures in this book is really pretty the food plants make your mouth water and the flowered plants are so pretty and the center pieces and all they make out of both food and flowers is really beautiful and dress up your table. In this book you will see how plants (food) you grow in your own garden are so much better for you and your family then the ones you buy, plus you’ll see your reward of food and flowers growing right in front of you. In this beautiful book they talk about the foods and flowers, many I have never heard of. As you read this book and look at the foods that are good for you for what every reason remember they are grown in other states, countries zones that they may not be able to grow in your zone. It is still interesting to read about the plants and see what they look like and what they are good for your health or fragrance of the flowers. The one that caught my eye were the Australian finger lime, that was so interesting to read about different uses for the finger lime, plus it is a unique fruit. I hope we get them here in Florida so I can try one. I love lime and lemons. In the book they give suggestions how to use the flower, foliage, food plants. I really enjoyed this beautiful book more then what I thought I would I thought it would kind of be like buying the plants and where to plant them. I recommend this book highly for anyone whom likes to see new and different plants and how to use them even for drinks and where they are from. I received this beautiful book free from bloggingforbooks for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
Twenty years ago I studied Herbal Medicine, and then practised for a number of years as a Medical Herbalist. At the time my garden was full of many of the plants mentioned in this lovely book, and although it still contains quite a few, reading this book reminded me of how many of those plants are no longer there – such as yarrow, borage and salad burnet – plants that not only look great but can be so useful. Now having read the book, I also have a list of those that I want to add in – such as quince, lemon grass, black cumin, …. I have already made a start by planting some turmeric in the greenhouse. A wide variety of plants are considered in this book – those that have medical, culinary, or cosmetic uses – or all of the above – or those that simply look fantastic and would enhance any garden (or house as flower arrangements). There are beautiful pictures throughout to illustrate each plant, and many of the “projects” or ideas of how to use the plants. A number of the projects I am already familiar with, and several new ones (such as pickled rhubarb and quince paste) are now on my to-do list. This is a wonderful book for anyone who has just moved house, and wants ideas on how plan their new garden – or for those who just want to rejuvenate their existing garden – or those, like me, that feel the need to add in something extra. The suggestions from “Harvest” will provide you with a beautiful and useful garden that you will be so proud to show off to all visitors. There are full instructions on the cultivation of each plant and the environments that they thrive in. Not all plants are suitable for British climates (I would love to have an Australian Finger Lime tree), but there are so many that could successfully be grown here. The book is divided into seasons – early, mid and late – during which each plant is at its best for the projects listed. So there is something to do and look forward to throughout the year. Read, start planting and enjoy for years to come. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this garden and cook book from Netgalley, Stephani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis and TenSpeed Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your work with me. This is an exceptional book, covering the growing of, harvest of, preservation of, and recipes for some of our most classic edible flowers, vegetables and herbs from our personal gardens. The photographs are wonderful! Some things I knew of and grow, but many others I considered to be either too fragile or too complicated for my gardens. I am all revved up for spring, now. Thank you so much for sharing all these great ideas for sparkling up my yard and my dining table. I would recommend this book to anyone who is called to garden, or loves to eat.