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…

Apple Cinnamon Blossom Muffins

The apple trees are blooming! Sitting under a flowering fruit tree is absolutely stunning to look at and full of life, as the pollinators buzz around. These blossoms will magically become the fruit in the next few months. Each year year I like to gather a few flowers to add to some delicious Apple Cinnamon…

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….

Yellow Petal Jelly

Each year I struggle with the idea of gathering dandelions and taking from the pollinators. Dandelions are one of the first foods for the pollinators in New Hampshire and many of them are sprayed or removed. Let’s be honest, do we really NEED to eat the dandelions to survive or do we just WANT to?…

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…

Forsythia Flower Syrup

Forsythia flowers are absolutely stunning early spring! The flowers are indeed edible, often bitter, but edible. Sprinkled on fresh garden salad or tossed in a pasta dish, they are sure to brighten your meal. However, their beauty doesn’t last. After a few short weeks of shining bright, they blend in with the green foliage. A…

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic mustard, also known as Jack-by-the-hedge, is an unassuming plant with a powerful punch of garlic and mustard. This plant was introduced to the United States in the mid-1800’s, for food & medicine, and has since been creeping through the continent ever since. Garlic mustard is now considered an invasive species, a single plant can…

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…