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Edible Wild Plants: Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum)

The Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum) is a deciduous shrub growing to 4-5 m tall. The bark is gray and rough and has a scaly texture. The stems arch and are very dense, and the twigs are a reddish-brown color. The leaves are opposite, three-lobed, 6-12 cm long and 5-10 cm broad, with a rounded base […]

Edible Wild Plants: Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria Hispidula)

Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria Hispidula) is a low trailing perennial plant found in bogs and wetland forests in the northern United States and Canada. The leaves are round and only 5 to 10 millimeters long. The creeping stems form leafy mats on logs and hummocks, often near Sphagnum moss. The stems and under-surface of the leaves […]

Edible Wild Plants: Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella) is a popular nibble with children and is familiar to most trampers as a practical thirst-quencher. It is a readily available and attractive base for a puree, a small amount of tender growth, after boiling, being mashed through a strainer, and added to a rice stock, milk or other stock, thickened […]

Edible Wild Plants: American Wintergreen, Checkerberry, Tea Berry (Gaultheria Procumbens)

The Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens) plant was the original source for the favored wintergreen oil. It is also known as Checkerberry and Tea Berry. It was once extracted from the plant to use in candies and as a spice. With the risk of over-harvest of this slow growing plant a second source was found. This new […]

Edible Wild Plants: Yellow Birch (Betula Alleghaniensis)

Yellow birch (Betula Alleghaniensis) is the most valuable of the native birches. It is easily recognized by the yellowish-bronze exfoliating bark for which it is named. The inner bark is aromatic and has a flavor of wintergreen. Other names are gray birch, silver birch, and swamp birch. This slow-growing long-lived tree is found with other […]

Edible Wild Plants: Labrador Tea (Ledum Groenlandicum)

Labrador Tea (Ledum Groenlandicum) plant grows to be 4 to 5 feet tall. It will grow up straight in the southern latitudes of the tundra, but in the colder northern latitudes it will creep over the ground forming a carpet. I has woolly branches with narrow 1 to 2 inch leaves which are smooth on […]

Edible Wild Plants: Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaeacantha)

Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha), also known as the Mojave Prickly Pear, is a low-growing, spreading cactus with flat stem segments (pads). The pads are relatively long and broad, and the spines are usually confined to the upper 70% of the pads. Areoles (where the spines originate) usually spread about 3/4-inch apart, and areoles without […]

Bushcraft: Making Fire With The Bow Drill

When you are first learning bow-drill fire-making, you must make conditions and your bow drill set such that the chance of getting a coal is the greatest. If you do not know the feeling of a coal beginning to be born then you will never be able to master the more difficult scenarios. For this […]

Edible Wild Plants: Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea)

The Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea) needs no introduction to northern peoples, for it is one of the staple fruits of all northern lands. In fact, the Norwegians have so long depended upon this fruit that the Norwegian colonists who have settled in the Middle West import the berries in vast quantities from Norway and from […]

Edible Wild Plants: Common Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)

Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head). The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun. It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The […]

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