A type of yam that can be eaten raw, the chinese yam can be easily grown, succeeding in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position. It is sweet and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys. It is used internally to treat
Featured heirloom January 12-15: Cherokee rose hips. You’ll find these interesting rose hips growing along a fence on Salt Street across from the Levering Garden. An Asian species, it was introduced to America by 1780. Rose hips are the seed pods of roses, and like rose petals, the hips are edible. From the same family as apple, the taste is somewhat tart like the crabapple and high in vitamin C. Rose hips have a tradition of medicinal use and are also used for jellies, seasoning, and tea.