Acorn flour tortillas: another gluten free, grain free tortilla

Harvesting the wild acorns Being wild food enthusiasts, we have had many interesting experiences with attempting to eat acorns. Many of them ended up wormy and bitter. In an attempt to make our own acorn flour in Philadelphia 17 years ago we harvested a couple trash bags full of acorns from a city park. If…

Mushroom Bloom

Mushroom blocks are offered by many online retailers. We bought ours from FungiPerfecti, the brainchild of mycologist Paul Stamets. Some other fungi retailers that carry different varieties and different tools for DIY mycology are  fieldforest.net, and gourmetmushrooms.com.                                                    I bought my wife four varieties for her birthday in February. Two have started to grow mushrooms already,…

Quack Grass Horror! Invasion of the Soil Snatchers!

Spread that Eurasian Love Around One of the wild plants that we can’t say enough swear-words about is the undesirable weed from Europe and Asia called in the Latin, Elymus repens, or in the vulgar tongue, “The @#$!@ plant that ate my garden!” Or just plain Quack Grass, for you non-gardeners who would rather not…

Maple Syrup Season: Our Favorite Maple Syrup Recipes

Maple Syrup Season Last years maple syrup production was a rollercoaster. The first sap flow started in February, and it stopped and started multiple times due to the variable weather. In mid-April, some of the taps were frozen. Near the end of April the maple leaf buds started to swell and the season was finally…

Delicata squash stuffed with highbush cranberry wild rice stuffing

Stuffed delicata squash I just ate the best meal I have ever lunch-boxed to work! Delicata squash stuffed with highbush cranberry and wild rice stuffing was amazing. Delicata squash was much sweeter than I expected making a nice contrast for the sour cranberries and the rustic wild rice. And, not in the recipe title, the…

The Extreme salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow: 30 ingredients or more

The Extreme Salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow, is becoming a new family meal time tradition. Stephen Barstow Stephen Barstow is the world record holder for making a salad with the most different varieties of plants. 537 different varieties of plants, all in one salad!!! That is inspiring. And, he lives in Norway near the arctic…

Defending the Garbage Plate

Bring on the plants! The wildcrafting season is in full tilt and what better way to christen the ship than preaching the good word of Garbage Plates. Now traditionally, Garbage Plates, if you’re not familiar, are a dish native to Rochester, NY. They’re a regional food much like a Philly cheese steak or a Chicago…

Wild harvested greens for the dinner plate

Can you identify the greens in my dinner? We were out of veggies, and not going to the store until next morning, so my husband came back with some wild harvested greens for the dinner plate. When we do a wild harvest my husband gravitates usually toward tree leaves and bitter greens. Often there will…