All About Stinging Nettles

The Nettle Plant Before I ever saw a nettle, I felt its sting. I was walking through a grassy field with sandals on, and felt a sharp sting I thought might be a yellow jacket or red ant. When I looked down I saw an unobtrusive plant, whose stems were covered with slim, innocent looking …

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Nettles in New Mexico

When I moved from the temperate rain forest of NE PA to the high desert of NM, I knew foraging would be more challenging. I’ve discovered some delicious things that grow in this climate, but after more than two years, I hadn’t found nettles. Until Sunday.

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Elderflower champagne tastes like spring!

Elderflower Champagne Recipe

Spring is for elderflowers, and these blooms are good for a lot more than flower arrangements. As pretty as they are, the thing I like most about elderflowers is making elderflower champagne. The magic ingredient is the natural yeast in elderflower pollen. This allows for fermentation without adding packaged yeast.

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Wild Greens Casserole Recipe

Spring is here (even though we’re expecting snow in Santa Fe this weekend!). Lots of wild greens are at their best right now, and it’s important for you to know what to do with them. This recipe is versatile and can be used with lots of different foraged greens. You’ll be using it for months …

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A Glass Full of Plum Blossoms

Two years ago I went to Denver to meet my theretofore e-friend Butter Wilde. (I’m notorious for inviting myself to visit people, so beware.) On a rainy afternoon, we were distracted from our morel hunting by the scent of plum blossoms. It was so intense I knew it had to be captured in a cocktail.

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