Did you know that pine, spruce, fir, and hemlock needles are all edible, and medicinal? I have taught classes locally on using these evergreen needles in food and home remedies and I always find that there is quite a bit of confusion when it comes to identifying and using them.Continue Reading
Dock, a common plant often foraged for its leaves in the early spring, is found along roadsides and fields all over the U.S. and Canada. Its stalk, root, and seed are also edible. The most common species are Rumex crispus ( the biennial Curly dock), and R. obtusifolius (the perennial Bitter or broadleaf dock).
The edible seed is easy to harvest, but many people avoid collecting it because it can be difficult to process into dock seed flour. I thought that, too, until I learned a trick which makes it very easy. Continue Reading
How to Forage, Cultivate, and Cook with Elderberry
Author Susannah Shmurak recently released her new book, Everything Elderberry: How to Forage, Cultivate, and Cook with this Amazing Natural Remedy. Since I grow, forage, and enjoy using elderberries, I looked forward to receiving a copy of her book about this natural herbal remedy, and delicious berry. Continue Reading
Staghorn sumac makes a lovely, vitamin-C-rich beverage sometimes called Indian lemonade. I’ve shared how I make sumac lemonade in a previous post, and this recipe is a variation on the theme. Fermenting the lemonade with wild yeast gives it some tang and effervescence, in addition to adding probiotics to your delicious beverage.Continue Reading