This is a guest blog written by Chris Eirschele. I come at garlic mustard from the perspective of a master gardener, the type of volunteers often charged with pulling out the plants by their blooms each spring. The herb, unwanted around native plants at wooded gardens all over Wiscon
Weeds are plants that tell us where they want to grow – and there is a reason for this; they know better than we do! Sometimes they get a tad exuberant and they cross the line to become somewhat aggressive; but make no mistake, planet Earth is as much their home as it is ours.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.), can be commonly found in the rich soils often near hiking trails throughout eastern Canada and the U.S. The name bloodroot refers to the red sap that is in this plant; it is blood-like in colour and in consistency. The Latin name Sanguinaria mean
Creativity in the kitchen can result in some funky meals. I had some leeks in my fridge the other day (sadly they were store-bought, not foraged) and I wanted soup. In my recipe collection, I have a killer leek soup recipe but it requires milk in order to make it creamy and I decided
Dandelion flowers are open once again and although these are viewed as a nuisance to some people – they add a cheerful colour to the landscape and are amazingly good for our health. In fact, dandelion greens are sold in most grocery stores nowadays! Some people consider dandelions a w
Forsythia bushes are not just for ornamental purposes. These springtime beauties have been an integral part of Chinese medicine for centuries and to this day, are used for many health ailments. As medicine, a cup of springtime tea or on a salad, forsythia flowers have many useful purp
Garlic mustard is a wild edible that has earned the title of being invasive in many geographical areas. This nutritious weed even made headline news in the Green Bay Press Gazette: “Invasive species get jumpstart from warm weather, DNR warns.” Hmmm… The March 31, 2012 story makes thi
Food really matters – and with two out of three cancers being related to food choices there is a wake-up call for all of us to start reading labels and stop putting faith into the system. Many items are approved by government agencies, yet whether these items act alone or synergistica
Free Food from Foraging is an eBook that is available for $4 a copy. This 20 page book discusses topics such as nutrition, soil nutrition, vitamins and supplements, food prices and food miles as well as offering foraging tips.
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