Category Archives: wild foods

Ingredients for a Spring Salad

freshly-picked wild violet leaves freshly-picked wild mustard flowers and buds carrots (last fall’s harvest) and spinach from local farms home-sprouted sprouts

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Nettle Quiche

Stinging nettles need no dressing up. A plate of them steamed and eaten with just a dollop of butter and a dash of salt is an exquisite dish indeed. But sometimes I like to get fancy. We brought home a bucket load of … Continue reading

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My Salad Garden

This is my salad garden. Mother Nature planted it for me right behind my house. All I have to do is step out my backdoor and harvest. Yum!  

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Something You Don’t Need to Try

After an initial experiment baking with dandelion flowers – I made dandelion biscuits – I decided to drop the idea of dandelion baked goods because the flowers didn’t seem to add anything to the final product – no taste, no texture. … Continue reading

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Who owns the berries?

In the neighborhood where I live, no individual resident owns any land. We own only our houses. The land around them, including the flowerbeds, open areas, and woods, belong to the homeowners association. The only outside thing a resident owns is the … Continue reading

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Another Way to Eat Queen Anne’s Lace

I’ve tried eating the roots of Queen Anne’s Lace. This plant is also called wild carrot and is very closely related to garden carrots, so eating the root seems obvious.  But the young flower stalk is also edible, I’d heard, … Continue reading

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Wild Strawberries!

I always connect wild strawberries with the fourth of July, so when I paid a visit to my neighborhood wild strawberry patch this afternoon, I thought it was just to gauge how much longer it would be before they ripened. It’s a … Continue reading

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I hit the jackpot!

While looking for forget-me-nots this afternoon, I came across another wild delight – wild mustard. It was all over the place. Every time I turned around, I saw more. Some of it was just starting to flower, but most of … Continue reading

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Exploring the ‘hood

I took a little exploring tour around my new neighborhood this afternoon. Here are some things I found. Wild strawberry plants Coltsfoot. I’ve heard it has medicinal uses, but I’ve never tried it.     Blackberry canes (or raspberry).   … Continue reading

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Foraging Around the Edges

I took a walk around the edges of my neighborhood yesterday, in that zone where the manicured lawns meet the scruffy woods, looking to see what edibles the wood edge might offer. It was warm and sunny out in the … Continue reading

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