Weedy & Edible: Garlic Mustard

What is the adage, “A weed is a plant that is growing where you don’t want it?” Abundant in areas of disturbed soil – at the forest’s edge, along roadsides, and on river floodplains – the Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata, Brassicaceae) is deemed by many as a noxious, invasive species, choking out native vegetation and spreading wildly acrossContinue reading “Weedy & Edible: Garlic Mustard”

Wild Leeks: A Tasty, Precious Sign of Spring

Spotted: Wild leeks, Allium tricoccum Regionally, Wild Leeks are distributed as far east as New York State and through Canada, west into the forests of Wisconsin and Minnesota and south into Appalachia. Here in Michigan, the Wild Leeks (or Ramps are they are also called) are plentiful in the Beech/Maple woods along the rivers and onContinue reading “Wild Leeks: A Tasty, Precious Sign of Spring”

Honey Bee Medicine & The Apothecary

Honey Bees are the Earth’s first and best herbalists. They flit from flower to flower; pollinating and as they do so they collect the plant’s magic pollen dust which then gets imbibed into deliciously healing honey. Bees also collect resin from trees to create propolis, which repairs cracks in their hives and is also aContinue reading “Honey Bee Medicine & The Apothecary”

“Chestnuts Roasting on a Open Fire”

… A holiday mantra that hits the airwaves at Thanksgiving and then repeats on loop through the December holiday madness. We hum the tune, but have you ever added chestnuts to your table during the holiday? The chestnut is a pretty amazing food, filled with protein, minerals and vitamins and energy in fact, if everContinue reading ““Chestnuts Roasting on a Open Fire””