Broccoli and Wild Garlic Recipe

Allium vineale, Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic Wild garlic is a name that actually refers to many edible plants. This particular Wild Garlic (allium vineale), also called Crow Garlic, is a very common species introduced from Europe and Africa. Onions, leeks, and shallots are also in the genus allium. Wild Garlic grows in many soil types, and is most active […]

Autumn Olive Fruit Leather Recipe

Elaeagnus umbellata, Autumn Olive fruit

Autumn Olive Introduction Autumn Olive (elaeagnus umbellata) is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States in the 1930s. By the 1950s it was promoted as a great food source for the wildlife and people of the Central and Eastern U.S. but it’s hearty nature and pervasiveness was underestimated. Autumn Olive’s abundant fruit […]

Linden Flower Tea Recipe

Linden Tree, Tilia cordata, Small leaved Linden leaves and flower bunches

The Linden TreeThe American Linden Tree (Tilia americana), is a medium to large tree native to New England. Also known as the Basswood Tree, other trees in the genus include the European Little and Large leaf species, and the Asian Japanese and Chinese Lime Tree species. Although not closely related to actual Lime Trees in […]

Staghorn Sumac Tea

Rhus typhina, Staghorn Sumac fruit cluster

The Staghorn Sumac TreeWild sumac is a shrub or small tree native to North America. Common to much of Michigan, the Great Lakes region and New England, Staghorn Sumac (rhus typhina) is easily identified by its fuzzy compound leaves and cone-shaped cluster of red berries. See our article on Staghorn sumac for more information. Staghorn […]

Veggie Banana Leaf Tamales Recipe

Musa basjoo, Japanese Banana growing in USDA Zone 5

Features of Banana LeavesThe huge leaves of the banana plant are used in cooking and cultures all around the world. The deep roots of the Japanese banana plant manage to stay alive below the frost line, allowing the plant to live in cold climates. After each winter season the tree grows to full size again, […]

Garlic Lamb’s Quarters Recipe

Chenopodium album, Lamb's Quarters leaf

Lamb quarters is a very important crop in northern India but in the USA it is often seen as a weed. This leafy vegetable comes from the Amaranthaceae family and a common name that it also goes by is goosefeet. Occasionally people may call it pigweed, however pigweed is a different plant and has several […]

Simple Chicken of the Woods Recipe

Chicken of the Woods recipe

Chicken of the Woods Chicken of the woods is a great mushroom for beginners. It’s easy to identify and has no known toxic look a likes. It has a meaty but delicate flavor.  To find out more information about chicken of the woods including where to find it and how to identify it visit to our chicken […]