There’s something special about seasonal eating, don’t you think? It seems to me that is was more common when I was a child. Apples were only available in the fall. Oranges and tangerines in the winter. These days you can find most anything all year round.Continue Reading
I’ve loved, and have been learning about plants my entire life. And I have identified quite a few of them. But one of my weaknesses when identifying plants, and one I’m attempting to remedy, is that I tend to recognize plants in the same way I recognize people.
I may know you, but if the pressure was on, I probably would have a hard time describing you in detail. I likely wouldn’t know the color of your eyes, and I certainly wouldn’t know things like birth marks. Heck, I may not even remember if you have a mustache, or wear glasses.Continue Reading
Walking in an evergreen forest has a way of taking me to a place of calm. Does it do that for you? The thick layer of needles under foot makes everything quiet, and breathing in the amazing aroma makes me slow down, and just enjoy the here and now.
There are days when I’m frazzled and hurried and anything but calm. I may not be able to get myself out into the woods, but I can bathe with pine bath salts, and they help to lift my mood, and dispel my fatigue.Continue Reading
Dock, a common plant often found along roadsides and fields, is most often foraged for its tart leaves in the early spring. Its stalk and root are edible as well. Most commonly harvested are Rumex crispus (Curly dock), and R. obtusifolius (Bitter or broadleaf dock). Curly dock is biennial, while broadleaf dock is a perennial.
The seed is edible, and easy to harvest, but many people avoid collecting it because it can be difficult to process. I thought that too, until I learned a trick which makes it super easy. More about that later.Continue Reading
Two of my favorite things are fall hikes, and pie. I probably like pie more than hiking, kayaking, gardening, and foraging. And I adore hiking, kayaking, gardening, and foraging. We live on a quarter acre lot and don’t grow black walnuts. But black walnut trees grow along some of the trials I frequent. In the fall, I hike, and gather nuts, and I get pie. Black walnut pie.Continue Reading
Much of our area is old farm land where apple trees were planted more for the family’s use than as a cash crop. Many of the trails I frequent still have old apple trees growing alongside them. They tend to be small and spotted, but still quite delicious for sauce and pies.
Crabapples: the Necessary Ingredient
Crabapple is abundant, too. These are especially wonderful for jelly since they are so high in pectin. They make good cider and vinegar as well. Mix them with other foraged fruits for hedgerow jelly, and as long as crabapples make up half the recipe, no added pectin will be needed.Continue Reading