Category Archives: Wild Edibles

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Wild Nutrition Extenders

What is a Nutrition Extender? It’s anything that you add to an otherwise nutrition poor food. For example; plain white rice, elbow macaroni, Ramen Noodles or a baloney sandwich. All very inexpensive, but none packed with vitamins and minerals. Take … Continue reading

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Bull Thistle-An Aster with a bite.

I’m pretty sure most people don’t think of a thistle as being closely related to the Dandelion, but, in fact, it is. Both are esteemed members of the Asteraceae Family. More commonly known as the Aster or Sunflower Family. It’s … Continue reading

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Why Forage?

First, just to make sure that everyone knows what foraging is, lets define it. Foraging is simply defined as: searching for food or provisions. Do you ever pick wild blueberries, blackberries or any other kind of berry? If you do, … Continue reading

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Hunger

Yes, hunger. Kent County Michigan is actually one of the more prosperous counties in Michigan. Yet, according to http://www.feedwm.org/ one in seven people in Kent County struggle with hunger. That doesn’t always mean that people are going without food. Too many … Continue reading

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Wild Mustard

There are many varieties of wild mustard in Michigan. Dame’s Rocket, Yellow Rocket, Hairy Bittercress, Watercress, Garlic Mustard, etc, etc…. Mustard is a large Family. World wide there are 375 genera and 3200 species. About 55 genera are found in North … Continue reading

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Don’t You Hate Dandelions?

If you hate nutrition, you should hate Dandelions. If you hate Free food, you should hate Dandelions. If you have something against a decent wine, then Dandelions aren’t for you. If you can’t stand delicious sweet syrup with a flowery … Continue reading

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Garlic Mustard is Invading-so eat it!

“Garlic mustard is an invasive non-native biennial herb that spreads by seed. Although edible for people, it is not eaten by local wildlife or insects. It is difficult to control once it has reached a site; it can cross-pollinate or self-pollinate, it has a … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle Tea

Everyone hates Stinging Nettle right? I used to as well. Walking through a patch of Stinging Nettle can be a real pain…literally. That’s because the little hypodermic pickers contain formic acid. They also contain histamine that is useful as a pain … Continue reading

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Foraging Elegance

Folks unfamiliar with the fine art of shopping for their vegetables in the forestry department might find it unlikely that there is a simple elegance to be found in among the sticks and foliage. But, with a little imagination, you … Continue reading

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Quit Smoking…by Smoking

Seems like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But, maybe not. Consider the following information about cigarettes from the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/). “Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be … Continue reading

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