Summer Harvest Recipes
Recipes to use during your Lughnasa celebration and all year round.
BY: Anna Franklin & Paul Mason
This is a very colorful and attractive salad that uses several of the herbs and plants that are associated with Lughnasa. The edible flowers are a particular feature of this dish and both nasturtium and borage can be grown in large pots outside in your yard. Nasturtium is especially easy to grow; its large seeds make it ideal and great fun for children to cultivate.
Nasturtium is associated with the sun and with male strength--ideal for Lughnasa. Its Latin nametropaeoleum
means "a trophy"; the flowers were said to represent the golden helmet of a Trojan warrior and the leaves his round shield. Borage is also associated with warriors and was one of the magical herbs of the ancient Celts. Its name is possibly derived fromborrach,
the Celtic word for a courageous person. Borage was widely cultivated during mediaeval times. There was a saying that "a garden without borage is like a heart without courage."
1 tbsp. olive oil
1½ cups cooked corn
½ cup peas
½ cup black olives, halved and pitted
1 large apple, diced
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh herbs (basil, borage leaves, fennel)
Pinch of black pepper
½ cucumber, finely chopped
1 tbsp. borage flowers
Lightly toss all the ingredients in the olive oil, except the flowers. Pour into a bowl and decorate with the nasturtium flowers and sprinkle with the borage flowers (yes, they are edible!). The nasturtiums have a peppery taste rather reminiscent of watercress. This is a fairly strong-tasting salad, so it is best served with something bland.