Powdery mildew of the sage

  Powdery mildew or white sickness is a cryptogamic disease, that is of fungal origin, which can affect sage plants and occurs on the leaves. This is the most frequent pathology among those that can affect this aromatic herb and occurs in particular with mild temperatures and high humidity. It is a very simple disease to identify: because the white patches that are seen on the leaves of the sage are very characteristic. A reader of Orto Da Coltivare, Barbara, asks me exactly what her plant can have, describing the symptoms of powdery mildew. I answer publicly because I think it may be useful for many to know how to defend themselves from this problem with natural methods and above all how to prevent it. Recognizing powdery mildew on sage Those who cultivate the vegetable garden will already know powdery mildew because it is a frequent pathology also on other cultivated plants, in particular on pumpkin and courgette. Powdery mildew is also called white sickness precisely because it work

Cold veggie couscous

Cold veggie couscous is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for lunch or dinner during the summer. I prefer to call this kind of preparation Mediterranean Tabbouleh since all the vegetables used in this preparation are typical of our land. Grilled zucchini and aubergines, peppers in oil and cherry tomatoes are the absolute protagonists of this colourful recipe! The veggie couscous that houses the vegetables is enhanced by saffron and lemon zest. Spices and smells give the dish a slightly spicy and very fresh taste, a real treat! I always recommend preparing large bowls of this couscous, keeping it in the fridge and eating it whenever you want something delicious on hot summer days. The tabbouleh is also perfect to be taken with you to the office and eaten during the lunch break.

Nutrition Facts of Cold veggie couscous

Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 630
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.6g 55%
Saturated Fat 8.1g 41%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 413mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 55.2g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6.3g 22%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10.3g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 198mg 4%
*The % Every day Worth (DV) tells you ways a lot a nutrient in meals serving contributes to an every day food plan. 2,000 calorie a day is used for basic vitamin recommendation.

Preparation time: 10 min
Ready in 10 min

250 g instant couscous (raw weight)
2 grilled zucchini
1 grilled eggplant
150 g Cherry tomatoes
150 g peppers in Oil
70 g green olives
1 sachet of saffron
Salt and Pepper To Taste
Mint and basil to taste
Olive oil to taste


Prepare the instant veggie couscous. Heat the water needed to bring 250 g to the boil. of instant couscous (I used 250 ml of it). Check the recommended dose of water on your pack of instant couscous as it differs according to the manufacturer. Pour the boiling water into a large bowl and add the bag of saffron, salt to taste and a couple of spoons of olive oil, then give a quick stir. Now pour the couscous, mix again, then cover the bowl and let the couscous swell for 5 minutes. After the rest time, shell the couscous well with the prongs of a fork until all possible lumps are eliminated.

As soon as the couscous is very cold, add the grilled and diced zucchini and aubergines, the peppers in oil, the pitted and coarsely chopped olives and the cherry tomatoes cut in half. Mix everything well until the vegetables are evenly distributed in the couscous.

veggie couscous

Season the couscous with the chopped mint and basil with your hands, pepper to taste, olive oil and grated zest and lemon juice. Give another stir, then let the couscous rest in the fridge for a few hours to flavor it well.

veggie couscous

Here is the cold vegetable couscous served on the table, perfect for a summer lunch or dinner!

veggie couscous

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