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Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)

The summer solstice brought many things alive in the garden, plants I'd been waiting to see bloom to know that summer was truly upon us in these sweet old mountains! One of those that I was excited for was Elderflower. A few years ago I offered some spare soapwort plants on a Facebook group for local plant people. ...

Linden Leaf Salad: Foraging, Identification, and Use

I love linden tea, but have never met the live tree myself. Thank you to Ashley for providing a great guide to this wonderful plant friend! When most foragers think of wild spring greens, their minds go to dandelion greens and chickweed or any number of other herbaceous spring greens. A wild salad is made with wild ...

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Stinging nettles have a bad reputation. This weed is common around the world, throughout Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, and because of its many uses, has been introduced elsewhere. Nettles are food, fiber, and medicine, and they have been used that way for centuries! Foraging and ...

Things I Love: Keeping the House Warm

It's the full moon, the beginning of February, and the ewes are swelling with life! So am I, for that matter. It's lovely to see the fresh bright green of chickweed and dandelion already popping up in the soil. Bulbs are beginning to poke up greens to taste the air. More and more birds are returning to the backyard - ...

Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter

Roses are the gift that keeps on giving! In spring, the scent of their flowers permeates the breeze, and I forage petals for food and medicine. The blooms continue throughout the summer and it is a delight to watch bees and pollinators dive in and out of the roses like enthusiastic paratroopers. In the autumn ...

Book Review: Claire Goes Foraging

Independent authors and artists who are creating and publishing their own works are awesome! I've got a special book and author to share with you today! Click to buy your copy on Amazon (Margaret's preferred venue) Margaret Aycock is a talented artist who is also an avid forager. She works to share her ...

Pear Cordial: DIY Delicious Booze!

Earlier this fall, a dear friend of mine became a homeowner. Her new bit o'earth is a lovely place - it boasts an old flower garden, a bountiful floor of lemon balm, and three big old pear trees! As she was in the middle of renovations and moving in, most of the pears were going to waste and to wasps as they fell on ...

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Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine

I went foraging in downtown Asheville, right smack dab in the middle of the city. Normally, urban foraging isn't my favorite way to gather edible weeds and fruit because of the traffic and residual pollution, but Asheville is lucky enough to have an edible garden, the George Washington Carver Edible Park. The park ...

Goldenrod and Ginger Wine – One Gallon Recipe

Goldenrod plants in full bloom I'm a fan of weeds and wine, as you well may know. I'm particularly a fan of foraging wild weeds and invasive plants for herbal remedies, brews, and medicines. Goldenrod is a lovely and yet often misunderstood plant. Many people blame their autumnal allergies on the showy, yellow ...

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Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

There's a lovely little spot downtown that I quite enjoy walking past as I head into work. It's an office in an old converted Victorian house, and they've planted the yard full of flowers, herbs, and even a lovely fruit tree. Once August began, I noticed that the sidewalk in front of their yard always seemed to be ...

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

May is rolling out and June is rolling in - wild roses and irises are blooming their last and the berries are starting to form green on the vine! Is the honeysuckle blooming like crazy where you are? It seems to be an extra fragrant, explosive year for those delicious flowers around here in western North Carolina. ...

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Recipe Box: Wild Greens Pesto

The other day, I was seeking out recipes where I could use my newly finished Fermented Citrus and I came across this delicious Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream on Food52.  Wow!  That sounded so delicious that I immediately set out to not make that recipe at all, and instead to make some pesto ...

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Weeds and Wildflowers! What is a hedgerow? In the cultured, organized sense, it is meant to be a barrier of trees and shrubs planted to mark boundary lines or to keep grazing animals contained.  In the sloppier sense, it is the buffer of wild plants at the corners of a property.  It is that definition that inspired ...

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Infusion first, syrup second! There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem as far as most people are concerned! NOT ME. I want dandelions; root, leaf, and flower! There are so many wonderful ways to use this humble flower in applications both culinary and medicinal. ...

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