Wild Food Journal

Tooth Wort

Broad-Leaf Toothwort: Cardamine diphylla This spicy woodland inhabitant ranges from Georgia north to Ontario and from the Atlantic to Wisconsin. It is generally found in moist woodlands and blooms from April to May here in WNC. It is a member of the brassica (mustard) family,which we can see by a…

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Wild Food as Medicine

Spring has taken its first wobbling steps just like the new lambs hitting the cold ground all around Western North Carolina, and we’re gearing up for the official start of Spring March 21st. Not long after that, on March 25th, we’re having our first topical class, Wild Food as Medicine. In preparation,…

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Greens of Spring

Though we have been wrapped in winter for a few months now, the cold has not stopped the daffodils from poking their heads above ground and the first greens of spring from unfurling their leaves. We’re excited for our upcoming tours and want to involve more local folks on our plant walks. If…

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Birch

In the Winter the woods can seem barren and devoid of life, but even in the depths of the cold times, there are trees which can provide us with food, medicine and more. The Birch family boasts a wide array of useful trees. The Black or Sweet Birch (Betula lenta), which we have in abundance…

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What’s in a winter harvest?

Even in the coldest months, there is always abundance. On one of our most recent tours, we’ve found a nice selection of WNC’s winter offerings. Check out the photo above- Jerusalem artichokes, sassafras roots, onion grass, stinging nettles, alehoof (ground ivy), chickweed, birch twigs, and dead nettle, plus an usnea lichen garnish (see…

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