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10 Herbs for Family Health

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If you find yourself or a family member coughing and sneezing a little more than usual, you don’t have to rush off to the pharmacy to get cold medicine. Instead, grow your own healthy herbs in the backyard to produce your own remedies. Not only can these plants help with general wellness on a daily…

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Bring on the Brews this Thanksgiving

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After spending the day cooking up a storm in the kitchen you’re bound to work up a thirst. While your grocery store wine may suffice, why not whet your palate with something a bit more exotic? From cider to sangria to a soda brewed with pine, we think these will be the perfect libations for…

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RECIPE: Crunchy Candied Tree Leaves

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The miraculous bounty that nature provides us with knows no limit. No matter where we turn, there’s something to be found in the wilderness that can be consumed and enjoyed in ways we may not have thought of before. Take for example, tree leaves. They’re everywhere, and yet, we most often only notice their abundance…

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The Hunt for Huckleberries (Plus, a New Recipe!)

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Huckleberries are a true prize for fruit foragers. Describing them as “intense, juicy,  and addictive,” Sara Bir has the lowdown on where and how to harvest these little guys. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who brings home a bountiful harvest, Bir’s recipe for Buckwheat Huckleberry Buckle is a MUST make. Trust us.…

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RECIPE: Fermented Honeysuckle Cordial

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Oh, honeysuckle how we love thee. Your sweet scent evokes memories of days gone by: afternoons spent lounging in the warmth of the spring sunshine, summer nights under the stars, the list goes on. If only there was a way to capture your essence so we can enjoy you more than just in passing… But…

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An Amaranth Love Affair

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Our love affair with amaranth began long before the pseudo-grain became a trendy staple for gluten-free folk. The luscious leaves of this annual plant are not only packed with a plethora of health benefits – high levels of protein and calcium, aids in digestion and weight loss, and helps improve vision, to name a few!…

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The Promise of Purslane

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Are you quick to grab a shovel at the mere mention of purslane for fear it will overrun your garden? If you nodded your head “yes” as you read that, might we suggest taking a second to rethink your attack? This semi-succulent annual not only boasts the highest-yet-measured levels of omega-3 fatty acids (hello, health…

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Recipe: Country Elderberry Wine

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There’s really nothing better than sitting down after a long day with a glass of wine and the sun setting in the distance. Unless of course you foraged for the berries for said wine, crushed them by hand, added in some sugar, water, and citric acid, bottled it up, and waited six months before you…

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Daylily Dangers and Delights

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Got some invasive daylilies taking over your garden? Instead of weeding them out why not eat them instead? A common vegetable in China and Japan, daylilies are more than a pretty flower. In her new book, Forage, Harvest, Feast, forager, and author Marie Viljoen describes their taste as “Green bean meets white asparagus by way…

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In Search of Wild Yeast

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Since the dawn of humanity, people have enjoyed a deep relationship with yeasts. You may not realize it, but yeast spores are present everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe; in plants, flowers, fruits, and soil; and even on our skin. And, perhaps more importantly, yeast is a key ingredient used in making alcoholic drinks. More…

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How-To: Foraging for Flavors to Fire Up Your Grill

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If you love grilling, you must know that various woods impart delicious smoky flavors to grilled meat, fish, and vegetables. In this excerpt from The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, author and self-described culinary alchemist Pascal Baudar offers foraging tips for finding the best woods and barks to add flavor to anything you toss on the grill…

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The Foraging Brewer: California Sagebrush Beer

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Hyperlocal brewing, making concoctions only out of the ingredients available in your immediate environment, is a fun way to become more familiar with your surroundings and the possibilities within them. According to wildcrafting author Pascal Baudar, “the number of possible ingredients you can use is mind boggling.”  And the end results can be so rewarding! The…

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Springtime Treat: Homemade Dandelion Beer Recipe

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You can forget about waiting for your wine to ferment because we have a recipe for dandelion beer that will be ready in just a week! Who knew those weeds in your back yard could make such a fun beverage? Not to mention they’re packed with health benefits: “It’s mostly used as a tonic (the…

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Ancient Fermentation: Homemade Kvass

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Looking to add another recipe to your fermenting repertoire? Try your hand at Kvass. Bonus: it is the perfect entry-level project.   Kvass is an ancient and beloved beverage from Slavic Eastern Europe. While it is basically a low-alcohol beer, it is enjoyed as a soft drink, even by small children. This nourishing beverage calls for…

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Bubbling Waters: Raspberry and Blueberry Soda

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Now fermentation fans and home brewers can rediscover these “primitive” drinks and their unique flavors in The Wildcrafting Brewer. You’ll be surprised at how easy making your own natural drinks can be! One of the best ways to begin brewing is by dipping your toes in the bubbling waters of homemade soda. Mountain raspberry and blueberry soda…

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Foraging and Cooking … Cattails

Author Pascal Baudar is taking the notion of foraging and incorporating wild ingredients into food to a new level in his recently released book The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, as in the following tips on foraging and cooking cattails. In his extraordinary book, Baudar deeply explores the flavors of local terroir, combining the research and knowledge…

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