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Edible Wild Plants: Chicory (Cichorium Intybus)

Chicory (Cichorium Intybus) has always been more of less popular in European countries, having been well known, apparently, to the early Romans. In the spring the leaves are gathered somewhat indiscriminately with dandelion-greens, having the same excessively bitter quality which some people find palatable in a potherb. The bitterness is somewhat reduced by cooking and […]

Edible Wild Plants: Muscadine (Vitis Rotundifolia)

Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) is a member of the grape family. It is native to much of North America and grows wild in roadsides and forests. It has been extensively cultivated since the 16th century. Its natural range is recognized in the following states of the US: Alabama, Arkansas, the Carolinas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, […]

Wild Edible Plants: Wild Coffee (Triosteum Perfoliatum)

Wild Coffee (Triosteum Perfoliatum), also known as feverwort, late horse gentian, broad tinker’s weed. Protected in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The fruit can be dried, roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. Wild Coffee (Triosteum Perfoliatum) is a 2′ to 4′ tall woodland wildflower. It is a coarse plant with multiple erect stems that […]

How to Survive a Drought

While over half of the United States is experiencing a drought that threatens our nations breadbasket, many wonder what they can do to survive the current drought and prepare for the next one. One of the effects of droughts are dryness and lack of water. They are most commonly known to be in Africa. However, […]

Wild Edible Plants: Wood Sorrel (Oxalis Acetosella)

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis Acetosella) is an amazing wild edible, that has leaves and flowers that are best eaten raw. Commonly called sour grass, and often confused with “yellow clover”, Wood Sorrel is a sour treat that will quench your thirst, while you enjoy it as a trail side nibble. The familiar acid of the Wood Sorrels […]

Wild Edible Plants: New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus Americanus)

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus Americanus) is probably one of our most famous of the native substitutes for oriental tea, and many writers speak of it as admirable, while others find it inferior. It contains no caffeine and is, therefore, not “bracing.” According to a tradition at least, this tea was in great demand during the […]

Edible Wild Plants: White Oak (Quercus Alba)

The White Oak (Quercus alba) is one of the pre-eminent hardwoods of eastern North America. It is a long-lived oak of the Fagaceae family, native to eastern North America and found from southern Quebec west to eastern Minnesota and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. Specimens have been documented to be over 450 years […]

Wild Edible Plants: Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea)

The common Purslane or “Pusley”, made famous by Charles Dudley Warner, is no familiar that most people despise it as a mere weed. As a matter of fact, however, in many “victory-gardens” the crop of Purslane has more potential value for food than the ignorantly nursed or neglected planted crops. When cooked and seasoned like […]

Edible Wild Plants: Northern Wild Rice (Zizania Palustris L.)

Northern wild rice  (Zizania Palustris L.) is one of three species of wild rice that are native to North America. The species most commonly harvested as grain is the annual species Zizania palustris. Native Americans and non-Indians harvest wild rice by canoeing into a stand of plants, and bending the ripe grain heads with wooden sticks called knockers, so as to thresh the seeds into […]

Homemade Garden Compost: Natural Way to Make Food for Your Garden

Few things are better for your plants and for the environment than home-made garden compost, yet why is making it never quite as straightforward as the experts would have us believe? Perhaps unrealistic expectations, coupled with the modern desire for instant results, are mainly to blame. The commercial garden industry, anxious to sell us a […]

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