As foragers we are probably the closest to nature than most other individuals. When gathering our favourite goodies this may put us right into harms way with ticks. Many websites provide great information about avoiding areas with ticks, but the reality is that they can be in your bac
Ostrich fern fiddlehead season is generally no more than two weeks so many people want to know how to preserve fiddleheads for later use. Learning how to preserve fiddleheads will be a way to enjoy its flavour throughout the year.
Green smoothie powders are very expensive yet can provide us with a lot of badly-needed nutrients. Take control of your health and your budget by making your own green smoothie powder! The ingredients are free and all you need to invest is a little time.
When fresh, nutrient-dense produce is not available then it only makes sense to sprout your nutrition! Sprouting is easy, inexpensive and fast. Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most nourishing foods we can eat and the health benefits of these, and all sprouts, make it well-worth having
Our world of “information on demand” has clouded over the necessity of being patient when it comes to foraging safety, especially mushrooms. This article is a great start on learning how to properly identify mushrooms.
If you haven't heard already there is great news about vitamin B12! Vitamin B12 is found in some wild mushrooms and in the white button mushrooms sold in stores! This is highly beneficial for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Our immune system never rests; it’s always using the foods and beverages (and other factors) we ingest to build and maintain a healthy immune system. It only makes sense to give our immune system what it needs to make its job easier.
I've known Mia for a few years and can certainly attest that her book “Ugly Little Greens: Gourmet Dishes Crafted from Foraged Ingredients” is without a doubt, a must-have cookbook to have in your kitchen. Whether you're a home cook or a chef, this book has great recipes you'll love!
Harvesting goldenrod may appear to be an easy forage however there is something to be vigilant about - be sure to check the leaves. Rust is a common occurrence with these tall plants and you don't want to be consuming this or bringing it to your home garden.
The Universal Edibility Test is important to follow before consuming foraged foods. Many wild plants, berries, shrubs, flowers, and trees taste great - but they can also cause serious health problems if not tested first. Always test a new foraged food before eating.
When researching wild edibles it is mission critical to always use resources that use botanical names. There are far too many errors out there so you should always double if not triple check your sources to be on the safe side.
After water, tea is the most commonly ingested drink around the world. Studies have shown some of the positive health effects from drinking tea but do these positives outweigh the negatives? Between pesticides, heavy metals and bleached tea bags the negatives are by far outweighing th
Food products in packages, cans, boxes, or jars often contain ingredients that have been proven to be harmful to human health yet legally they are allowed. Learning what exactly is in your food has become critical if you want to live a healthy life.