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TAG : wild food

Elderberry vs Poke Berry Identification

Elder (Sambucus canadensis, s.nigra), known as the "people's medicine chest", is one of my favorite allies.  In my backyard "elder forest" they grow as something between a bush and small trees at a height of 10-13 feet.  In June, I use elderflowers in delicious edible and medicinal ...

salisfy starting to flower

Salsify, Vegetable Oyster, Goatsbeard

The salsifies are spring weeds.Three species are found all over North America, introduced from Europe. Salsify, also called vegetable oyster and oyster plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, is a purple-flowered plant with a flower shaped like a dandelion, narrow leaves, and a seed head like a large ...

Common and Lanceleaf Plantain, Plantago

Plantains, especially common plantain, Plantago major, and lanceleaf plantain, Plantago lancelolata, are very common plants, so common they usually go unnoticed.  They’re small plants (up to 20” tall, often much less) with flat leaves and distinctive veins running the length of the ...

Spring Cleaning With Clingy Cleavers

Cleavers (galium aparine).  The name (Galium) is derived from gala which is Greek for 'milk' (cleavers was used to curdle milk for cheese) and the species name 'aparine' comes from the Greek word apara meaning 'to seize'.   Also known as Bedstraw because it was used to stuff mattresses. ...

Garlic Mustard: A Spring Gourmet Food!

Yes, I said it, garlic mustard as a gourmet food!   I firmly believe with some successful rebranding, garlic mustard could be the new seasonal food craze up there with the likes of morel mushrooms or leeks and is MUCH easier to find. Its heart shaped leaves and white flowers carry that garlic ...

Herbal Nourishing Salad Dressing

Salad dressing is something I have not purchased in a very long time. Back when I did purchase it, the ingredient list, no matter how “organic”, always contained something I had concerns about. As a result, I began making my own dressing and will never turn back. It is so simple and one ...

Shiitake & Morel Mushrooms

Shiitake and Morel Mushrooms are a couple of the best tasting mushrooms, well if you grow your own or wild harvest, that is. Those store bought mushrooms grown on sawdust in dark buildings cannot compare to the fresh taste of log grown shiitakes !! I am on a mushroom kick this week because it ...

Violets for All Seasons

‘Wild’ yards are things of beauty in the spring time!  Weeds to one, are salad greens, seasonings, or medicine to another.  From the tiny white flowers adorning chickweed to the deep purple and green blossoms of henbit, unkempt, springtime yards are happy rainbows of color. It is ...

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