Maple syrup: Preparing for the harvest

It’s that time of year, mid winter, when we start to run out of last years maple syrup and start thinking about the upcoming harvest. It’s not quite time yet, but with wild foods you always want to prepare ahead so you don’t miss your harvest window.  In the past we have tapped a few…

A Treat on the Trail: Finding Bearberry hidden in the snow.

  We took a little winter vacation last week and spent sometime cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It was a much needed break from all the busy tasks we have been focused on. We all had a refreshing and fun time in the snow. And vacation lives on because our legs are still pretty sore…

Blood Orange: A Surprising Citrus Treat

I love citrus fruit in winter. Something about the cold dark winter days makes me crave the bright colors and tastes of citrus. Mandarins and grapefruit have been consistently in the grocery cart, and no matter how many I buy, this household of 6 consumes them within a couple days. But today the store had…

Seven Reasons Why You’ll Want to Eat Wild: Wild Food Matters (Part 2)

  In our previous post on wild foods, we mentioned some of the reasons that people don’t go out foraging.  In this post, we review some of foraging’s benefits. Benefits of wild food What characteristics does wild food have over agricultural food?  If we all planned on eating food from the wild all the time,…

Plant-based and oil free tamales: Who knew fat free could be so tasty?

I never really thought much about eliminating all oils from the diet until last year. My in-laws embarked on a plant-based and oil free diet to combat severe heart disease. What diet is that? They eat essentially vegan, but eliminate all oils as well, so no coconut oil, avocado, or olive oil.They eat lots of…

Chia seeds: Banned into obscurity, but back and more popular than ever

Chia seeds. In recent years we find them in smoothies, in breads, crackers, puddings, granola, cereal, even in our juices and drinks. So how did chia migrate from the “fur” on our chia pets to our daily menu? Chia, salvia hispanica, was a traditional food crop of the Aztecs, and grows native in Mexico and…

Bark Is Food Too: Feeding Your Inner Porcupine

Mountains, Falcons, and Bark For Breakfast Once when I was a young, I read a book about a boy around my age that survived in the New York wilderness through an entire winter.  The book was called My side of the mountain, and at the time I was inspired to go out and live my…

Banana flower salad: another way to eat banana

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of banana flower salad. I have always enjoyed bananas, but I had never heard of eating a banana flower at all. At a specialty produce store I saw the banana flowers and decided to buy them and figure out what to do with them when…

Smoothies: Drinking Your Way to Diversity (Part 2)

Many things come to mind when we think of smoothies. Some people think of a breakfast drink, others think of dessert. Some think of a creamy yogurt/milk drink, others think of blended frozen fruits. A smoothie is all these things and the perfect drink to mix up lots of different fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds…

The Weekend Variety: Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

This week’s Weekend Variety post is on the stately Juglans nigra, otherwise known as the black walnut.  Not a finicky tree, black walnuts grow well wherever they plant themselves.  In the late summer to early fall, the walnuts bear and then drop their round green fruits.  The husk of the fruit covers a black sponge…