How to Buy Wild Mushrooms – Everything You Need to Know


Article courtesy of Jack Hamrick, Co-Founder of Foraged – The Marketplace for Wild & Specialty Foods. Mushrooms are having a moment right now – and many people have been looking to learn more about how to buy wild mushrooms. They make for a great, healthy alternative to meat in all kinds of dishes, they offer […]

Hawthorn, an Ornamental Tree With Edible Fruit

Washington hawthorn tree (Crataegus phaenopyrum) is a common ornamental landscape tree in the Eastern  and Central United States.  The genus Crataegus is a large genus including many species referred to as hawthorn tree, hawthorn apple thornapple, maytree, whitethorn and hawberry.  Although this article focuses on the washington hawthorn tree the information here applies to many other species in the […]

Surprisingly, Smoking Tobacco From A Pipe May Have Health Benefits

Native American Smoking A Pipe

our facebook page for additional articles and updates. Follow us on Twitter @EatThePlanetOrg Why Are We Told That Smoking Is So Bad For Us? Because smoking cigarettes is. It harms almost every organ in your body. It causes 20% of all deaths in the united states annually. Cigarettes often contain poisons such as acetone, ammonia, […]

Kousa Dogwood Fruit, Tropical Flavor in Temperate Climates

Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood Fruits

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in August 2013. Updated April 2022. Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a small tree or shrub native to Asia that is now a widely popular landscape plant in the US. And it’s easy to understand why… In Spring it will display a mass of delicate star-shaped flowers. And […]

Shiitake Mushrooms, Easy To Grow In Your Own BackYard

Lentinula edodes, Shiitake Mushrooms growing on a log

Here is the easiest Shiitake Mushroom Spawn Kit I could find for sale, since it’s difficult to find Shiitake Mushrooms in the wild. Shiitake Mushroom Indoor Home Spawn Kit Shiitake Mushroom(Lentinula edodes) is a mushroom native to Japan.  It is not seen growing wild in The United States.  This is a popular mushroom in Asia […]

Japanese Banana, The Only Cold Hardy Banana Tree, But There Is A Catch

Musa basjoo, Japanese Banana growing in USDA Zone 5

There is one Hardy Banana Tree(Musa basjoo) that will survive year after year in cold climates( down to USDA Zone 5). The catch is that it does not fruit or flower in cold climates, and even if it did, the fruits are not edible.  So why is this plant featured on Eat The Planet if […]

Amelanchier, A Very Tasty Wild Edible Fruit

Amelanchier lamarckii fruit and leaves

Why are wild fruits so Tasty?  It all comes down to evolution.  Plants evolved to make their fruit appealing to humans, because if we eat them then we spread their seeds, and humans evolved to enjoy such a nutritious snack, because it improves our health.  The Amelanchier( Genus: Amelanchier ), more commonly known by many […]

Coconut Grub, Bacon Without The Pig

Coconut Grubs in a bowl

Coconut Grub(Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) also called sago grub  is the larvae of the red palm weevil, also known as Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil.  This beetle is present around the world with the larvae inhabiting a number of palm species.  They are still spreading worldwide and are considered a pest species for palm plantations. […]

Wild Violets Are A Versatile Edible Plant

Leaf Shape and growth pattern is on ID feature

Wild Violets Johnny jump ups, hearts ease, pansies, wild violets, and a host of other names all point to plants in the Viola genus. There are 400-500 species worldwide and they can be found in almost all temperate climates.  In the North Eastern United States Viola sororia is a common wild violet.  This information also […]