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  • Forage free foods in forests and fields
    Forage free foods in forests and fields
    Be prepared for possible hard economic times or accidental lost in the wilds times by learning how to locate, identify and prepare natural foods that exist in yards, fields, the woods and trees. There are several good books on the subject, but it...
  • Wild Plum tree
    Five fruit trees of Missouri
    Looking for nice fruit trees in Missouri? Here is a good list of fruit trees in Missouri. In the Spring time you will know if its a fruit tree because every fruit blooms flowers. If you don't have any fruit trees, plant some around your...
  • Still Life With Edibles and Booze
    How to earn the November 2014 Seal o' Piracy
    After biting your nails last month over whether you'd even find a Haunted Seas voyage that was hiring, let alone survive your three Ship Graveyard visits during that voyage, you'll be pleased to hear that the requirements for this month&...
  • Lunch with chef and forager Chris Amendola
    Lunch With: Chef and forager Chris Amendola
    Florida native and executive chef-at-large Chris Amendola joined me in Pikesville at Mari Luna Latin Grille for lunch. Fascinated how one learns to forage, what is edible and not poisonous, I wanted to learn more. We were initially going to go...
  • Finding next year's asparagus
    Finding next year's asparagus
    May is when you'll be harvesting wild asparagus, but the time to find it is now!Starting in June and July, wild asparagus grows tall. It branches out and goes to seed, looking very much like a spindly Christmas tree (complete with little red...
  • Mushrooms raised and sold locally in the Spokane area
    Mushrooms raised and sold locally in the Spokane area
    For many who have grown up or lived in the Pacific and Inland Northwest, foraging for mushrooms is a fairly well known tradition. Mushrooms are not only sought after for the delightful quality they bring to dining, they also have medicinal value....
  • Hickory nuts
    Nutting for nutters
    Some call us preppers, nutters, meaning that we are eccentric and maybe a little crazed about preparing for days of a disaster. When it comes to knowing about foraging and applying that knowledge for stowing away a harvest to help us get by, well,...
  • Foraged apples of 2014
    Apple foraging in action
    While 2014 wasn't a good year for mulberries or acorns, it was a banner year for apples. We had many more than we could possibly process, and had to leave some trees untouched. We have over 400 pounds of apples (about 8 bushels) either already...
  • Minnesota State Parks: A forager's paradise!
    Minnesota State Parks: A forager's dream!
    Foraging on public lands may or may not be legal, depending on the location. In Minnesota, though, it is always legal in state parks and state forests.I had always heard that it was, but I wanted to make sure so I searched through Minnesota's...
  • Culled apples
    How to get orchard apples for a fraction of the price
    Do you want to try some high-end apples at bargain basement prices? Culled apples are the way to go!In my article about urban foraging, I mentioned asking produce sellers for "canning" or "freezing" grade fruits and vegetables,...
  • Rediscovering lost apples
    Rediscovering "lost" apples
    It can be nearly impossible to identify unknown apples, especially feral ones. There are a few ways to narrow it down, but Seed Savers Exchange orchard manager Dan Bussey is writing a book about 20,000 named apple varieties in the US, and there...
  • A peck of peppers
    A peck of peppers (pickled and preserved)
    A friend recently gifted us with a bag of peppers from her garden. She had used all she could, and decided it was time to "share the wealth". We snapped them up.To be fair, there wasn't quite a peck. A peck is actually 2 gallons, or...
  • Identifying apples
    How to ID that unknown apple
    We've been acquiring a lot of apples lately, and some of them are just plain mysteries. They're either from old properties, gifts, or sometimes it's just from "that tree in the yard".A local man sells apples in his driveway,...
  • Feral foraging
    Feral foraging: not-quite-wild fruit
    Have you ever driven down the road and spotted an apple tree on an empty piece of land? That's what I like. Finding an old farm, or where a house used to be, anywhere people planted fruit in the past but are no longer around to harvest it.I&...
  • Making use of your wild plums
    Making use of wild plums
    Last week I wrote about how to find the wily wild plum. Once you've located them and picked your fill (with your homemade fruit picker, of course), you'll need to find a way to make use of your bounty. Here are a few ideas.Click on the...