Wild Garlic Mustard Dressing

While taking a stroll in the forest, I stumbled upon some Garlic Mustard along the edge of the trail. For more information on how to identify this wonderful plant, click here. The rich garlic & onion taste is a perfect addition to all kinds of food. Add the leaves to salad, make a pesto, sauté…

Woodland Slush

While exploring the forest for Maple trees to tap, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Maple sap icicle dripping from a branch above. A woodpecker had pecked a hole at some point which allowed for the sweet liquid to drip down to the earth below. Fortunately, with the cold temperatures in the evening, an…

Wild Garlic + Kale Pesto

Hello Spring! With all the wild greens beginning to grow, spring is a wonderful time to make all sorts of pesto. Field Garlic, Allium vineale, is one of those greens! This delightful plant grows in clumps of linear, round leaves among grasses and deciduous woodlands. Each leaf is hollow, much like a chive and tastes…

Nettle Breakfast Muffins

Stinging Nettle is a nutritive dense plant and eating it regularly can give you vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients that may be missing in your diet. The leaves are loaded with calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin K, and protein and can restore and support healthy energy levels. Luckily, stinging nettle makes for an excellent spinach substitute and…

Violet Flower Jelly

Violets are certainly a springtime favorite! The beauty, food, and medicine they provide for all is a gift. Violets can be found growing in damp, shady areas. The flowers and leaves are edible and offer both cooling and moistening properties. Nibble on each and see for yourself how they taste and feel in your mouth….

Maple Blossom Fritters

Big leaf maple trees bloom from April to early May here in New Hampshire and what a treat it is! Such a beautiful bouquet of yellow-green blossoms. The flowering clusters emerge in the spring, right before the leaves grow. Each stalk is full of nectar and taste pleasantly sweet. They can easily be plucked from…

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Ground Ivy, also commonly known as Creeping Charlie, is a fast growing ground cover with ‘hoof’ shaped leaves. Other names it goes by include Gill-over-the-ground, Alehoof, Gill-go-by-the-Hedge, and Run-away-robin. This plant is not related to Ivy but is, instead, to the Mint family. Identifying You’ll find a square stem and opposite growing, kidney-shaped leaves, similar…

Forsythia Twist Bread

Forsythia Flowers It’s mid-April and the Forsythia is blooming here in New Hampshire. These cheery, yellow flowers are one of the first plants to add a pop of color to the landscape. Forsythia bushes are deciduous shrubs that can grow 3-9 feet in height and, rarely, up to 20 feet. Their drooping branches grow yellow…

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle (Urtica spp.) Family: Urticaceae Parts Used: young leaves, seeds, and roots Energetics: cooling, drying Taste: salty Plant Properties: nutritive herb, diuretic, alterative, adaptogen, astringent Plant Uses: weak hair/bones/teeth, fatigue, arthritis, eczema, metabolism, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, sluggish metabolism Plant Preparations: nourishing herbal infusion, tincture, tea, freeze-dried capsules, food When preparing to eat…

Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta, is one of the smaller wild mustards in the Brassicaceae family.  Oddly enough, this plant is less hairy and bitter and more non-hairy and spicy! The hairs are very fine and without close inspection, you’ll miss them all together.  Identifying  Hairy Bittercress This plant consists of compound leaves with tiny leaflets…