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  • Telling the difference between ramps and lily-of-the-valley
    Telling the difference between ramps and lily-of-the-valley
    Ramps (wild leeks) are edible and delicious, while lilies-of-the-valley are not -- in fact, they're poisonous. Don't let that scare you away from harvesting ramps, though. There are several ways to easily spot the differences.Ramps ...
  • 10 great ways to use wild asparagus
    10 great ways to use wild asparagus
    It's harvest season for wild asparagus, and here are 10 ways to enjoy it now or preserve it for later.First, unless you're using the entire stem, you'll need to process it.Break off the bottom inch or so -- if the stem is too woody, it...
  • How to cook with ramps
    How to cook with ramps
    It's ramp season, and whether you buy them at the farmer's market or forage them yourself in the wild, this is the time to take advantage of this delicious (but short lived) delicacy.What are ramps? The Huffington Post says:Here's the...
  • Finding the spring asparagus
    Finding the spring asparagus
    While it's easier to find asparagus in the summer or late fall (when it's too late to harvest), you can find it in the spring as well... if you know what you're looking for.The spears of asparagus are nearly impossible to see from the...
  • It's asparagus time!
    It's asparagus time!
    The wild asparagus has finally arrived in our part of Minnesota. It was late this year, and we had checked for weeks with no sign. But when an asparagus spear appeared in our garden, we knew it was time to look again.We had our previous patches...
  • Maple syrup can help save your life
    Maple syrup can help save your life
    Everyone knows that real maple syrup is delicious and nutritious, but now it turns out it may help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria as well.It's been known for a while that maple syrup is good for your health in many ways, including...
  • Tap your own maple water for a refreshing healthy drink
    Tap your own maple water for a refreshing healthy drink
    It's maple tapping time, but did you know you can get more from maple trees than just maple syrup? Companies are now marketing maple water as the next health drink, and you can go tap your own for free.Bettersweet, one company that sells maple...
  • Seeds,Sun, and Sustainability festival this April 18
    Seeds,Sun, and Sustainability festival this April 18
    Pagan Pride Detroit is inviting all of Metro Detroit to come celebrate Earth Day with a festival focusing on sustainable living, homesteading, farming, and all things geared toward life and living naturally on Saturday April 18th. They are...
  • New test kit detects toxins in wild mushrooms
    New test kit detects toxins in wild mushrooms
    Have you always wanted to forage for wild mushrooms but you were afraid of accidentally collecting a poisonous variety? A new crow-funded invention could change all that.Most would-be mushroom hunters are generally discouraged from the hobby when...
  • It's time to make maple syrup
    It's time to make maple syrup
    It's getting to be that time of year for those of us who live in the right climate -- maple syrup time!Our family has been tapping trees for many years now and it's something we really look forward to. We don't have sugar maple trees...
  • 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...
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