Mulberry Cobbler 2

We’ve been swatting flies and picking mulberries! Unlike blackberries or raspberries, mulberries grow on a tree rather than a bush, so you have two options, fight the flies and ants for fallen berries, or pick from the low hanging branches. Either way, you have your work cut out for you. […]

Creamed Wood Nettle 3

On our seemingly never ending search for stinging nettle, we came across the next best thing, wood nettle, and lots of it. Wood nettle has all the physical characteristics of stinging nettle, so don’t let the name fool you, it has a nasty sting. If you plan on gathering it […]

Yarrow, Our Favorite Wound and Fever Herb 1

Yarrow is quite plentiful this time of year here in Central Kentucky. ¬†The soft, feather like leaves are a common distinguishable feature that set this wild medicinal apart from other similar looking herbs. We like to wait at least two weeks after the plant starts to bloom before harvesting, giving […]

Lemon Balm Syrup

Lemon balm has a ton of medicinal uses. Just Google it. You will find a long list of uses from mild sedative to mosquito repellant. Although it may look similar to other plants in the mint family, you wont mistake the lemony smell for anything else. As I mentioned in […]

Free Salad for All 8

If you are willing to spend a little extra time, and do a little research, you can easily get half of your food for free. Today we were on a mission. Our mission was to gather a wild salad. We ended up coming home with a salad, a side, and […]

Wild Violet Syrup 28

I made my first batch of wild violet syrup last night. I had half expected it to taste like sugar water, but I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to have a nice sweet floral taste and made a nice addition to my evening tea. I’ve always been familiar with […]

Wild, Homemade “Horseradish” from Cutleaf Toothwort Tubers 1

After finding out how similar both the smell and taste of toothwort is compared to our common everyday horseradish, we decided to whip up our own prepared horseradish recipe substituting the toothwort tubers for the horseradish root. ¬†Other than our blender and food processor not cooperating worth a hoot, we […]

A Feast in the Forest 1

We decided to take a trip over to Wilmore today, since this weekend was the first warm weekend to date. We were anxious and eager to find some Spring favorites, and I think we did just that! The Trout Lilies are now out in full force. I don’t feel so […]

Signs of Life After a Long Winter 1

Today we went on our first forage of spring. Although we came back empty-handed, we had some great finds. Garlic mustard and wild onions are already in great abundance. I forgot my camera at home so I had to use my phone to take pictures, although I must say I […]

A look back at 2012 and Solanum Ptycanthum (Eastern Black Nightshade) 1

Couldn’t resist looking back into the archives and reintroducing this common misnomer, the DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Unfortunately, most people are still unable to make a clear distinction between this highly edible plant (Solanum Ptychanthum) and its arch nemesis Atropa Beladonna (the REAL deadly nightshade). Here in central KY, the Solanum Ptychanthum […]