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In a community or situation without electricity, storage of food long-term can be tricky. One simple solution is to build your own pot-in-pot fridge, using basic pots, sand and water. An idea revived by Muhammed Bah Abba, this neat item is now being used by many farmers in warm climates who need to preserve their food for a longer time and keep the insects away.
Keeping the sand moist all the time enables evaporation to cool the produce kept inside the inner pot. This enables the storage of freshly grown vegetables to last much longer than usual in a hot climate. It is also great for using at a picnic or outdoor meal where there is no electricity outside but food or drinks need to be kept cool. Here
’ve said that ostrich fern shoots are my favorite wild edible but violets are a super-close second. They are so lovely! On my property, I have lots of Viola odorata.
The young leaves are mild and great in salads. The flowers are mild-tasting with a hint of sweetness; you can just pluck and eat or gather some for a beautiful addition to your salad or sprinkle on your cooked and plated food.