Like Stinging Nettle Spanakopita, Stuffed Grape Leaves are another Mediterranean food that we just love. While we aren’t Greek, our community has an amazing Greek festival each year and we never miss it.Continue Reading
A Simple Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms at Home
While I love foraging and eating wild mushrooms, when it comes to growing my own mushrooms, I am completely inexperienced. Thanks to the new book, Growing Mushrooms for Beginners, by Sarah Dalziel-Kirchhevel, this will be the year to remedy that. Continue Reading
What are Fiddlehead Ferns
Fiddleheads are simply the furled fronds, or tender shoots, of a young fern in spring. As the fiddlehead unfurls, they become the ferns new frond, or leaf. Their name comes from their resemblance to the scroll head of a violin and can be found throughout most of the NE U.S. and all of Canada. And they are a wonderful plant for spring foraging. Continue Reading
Lemon Balm for Cold Sore Lip Balm
Do you suffer from cold sores? If so, I highly recommend that you grow lemon balm, Melissa officinalis, in your herb garden. Also called Sweet Melissa, its oil has a strong antiviral effect on the herpes virus and can easily be made into a healing cold sore lip balm.
If you live in a northern climate like I do, you understand how excited we feel at the approach of spring. I’m no winter hater, but there’s nothing like spring to make me feel alive. There’s more sunlight, mild temperatures, it’s time to start indoor seeds, and many spring plants are popping up and ready to forage.
With spring foraging, I love that I can gather wild greens that most people consider weeds much earlier than they are ready in my lasagna garden. And by this time of year my body is really craving those fresh plants. Continue Reading
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