Foraging & Recipes
Wild edibles offer satisfaction on many levels: unique and wonderful flavors, communion with the natural world, and free food! Want to know more?
Most people think of flowers as the mere precursors to fruit, not to be celebrated except for their beauty and scent.
Not true! (more…)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Crabapples
Some of you may already know I’m a big crabapple fan. I can’t get enough and I honestly don’t understand why no one else is out there, shoving me aside so THEY can get THEIR share of the crabapple bounty. (more…)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Acorns
I tend to go a little bonkers for acorns. I’ve got them stashed away at every possible stage: unshelled nuts; shelled nuts; hot leached nuts; cold leached nuts; ground, unleached nuts; leached acorn flour…the list goes on. (more…)
Wild Garlic (aka field garlic, aka Allium vineale)
Some people call it wild garlic, some people call it field garlic. Whatever you call it, Allium vineale is a strong and flavorful vegetable. The flavor and appearance actually resemble those of onion more than garlic. Unmowed, it grows to be twelve to eighteen inches tall, with hollow gray-green leaves emerging from a single bulb, between one and two centimeters in diameter. (more…)
Native North American Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana)
I look forward to persimmon season every year. It fills me with joy, greed, and FOMO. (more…)
Chickweed: a Tender, Tasty Green
For a tender green, chickweed is a pretty tough plant. It’s one of the earliest greens to appear in spring and if you live in a snow free climate, you may find it survives a few frosts and freezes. (more…)
Dandelion: an Edible Superstar
Dandelions elicit strong reactions from both lawn-lovers and gardeners. Strong, negative reactions. If you find yourself in this camp, here’s your chance to exact delicious revenge. The dandelion is a versatile and tasty weed with four different edible parts…that makes it an edible superstar in my book. (more…)
Black Raspberries are NOT the same as Blackberries!
Did you know that black raspberries and blackberries are entirely different fruits? Both are cane fruits, producing berries on thorny, arching stems (called canes). Both are members of the Rubus genus, which also includes raspberries and wineberries (and dewberries and boysenberries and cloudberries, among others). All bramble berries (Rubus species) are aggregate fruits. Each bump on the berry is actually an individual fruit that is part of an aggregate berry. (more…)
All About Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
When a plant has a name with “weed” in it, it’s hard for some people to think of it as anything but an unwelcome visitor in the garden. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is, indeed, a roadside weed. But baby, it’s also so much more. (more…)
Sumac: a Necessary Spice
Every year, along about mid-summer, I get anxious.
While farmers in the Midwest are worrying about their corn crop, I’m wondering if the sumac will be good this year and if I’ll get enough. Because if it isn’t, and if I don’t, well, then what? (more…)