Friday, March 6, 2015

Nettle and Wild Onion Soup

At long last, Spring has arrived and the first wild greens of the season have hit the farmers market. Here is a great way to use your nettles and wild onions. I always tell people, sincerely, that you just plain "feel better" after eating a nice, hearty bowl of nettle soup. In fact, nettles have more protein than ANY other vegetable. So here we go, this one is pretty simple.

One bunch of wild onions, flowers removed (optional) for garnish
Roughly one pound fresh nettles
2 chopped celery stalks
8 cups vegetable broth
3 chopped medium-sized potatoes

creme fraiche (optional) for garnish

Cook the potatoes and onions in vegetable broth for 15 minutes. Next, add the celery and cook for an additional 15 minutes at a low boil. Remove the potatoes and onions from the broth and puree until creamy. Use the broth to boil the nettles for 3 minutes. Remove and puree until smooth. Return all the pureed ingredients to your pot, add salt to taste. Add water to thin as needed. Can be served hot or cold, garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche and a few onion flowers.


Sunday, November 30, 2014


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cure for the Common Cold, Part Two: Rosehips

Rosehips are the round portion of the rose flowers below the petals. Rosehips develop on roses after the petals fall off. The rosehip is actually the fruit of the plant and they are one of our best available sources of Vitamin C. Look for rosehips beginning in the early fall through the first frost.

Rosehips have long been used to treat symptoms of the common cold. It's high iron and Vitamin C content are tremendous boosts to the immune system. Rosehips have also been used as a natural remedy for a variety of other health problems.

  1. Rosehips have been widely acclaimed to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. The Vitamin C in Rosehips has been proved to lessen respiratory issues and prevent asthma.
  3. Antioxidants in rosehips have been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels.
  4. Antioxidants in rosehips help to prevent cancer.
  5. Rosehips can be used to treat diabetes and regulate blood sugar levels.
  6. Rosehips are a natural diuretic.
  7. Rosehip oil can be used to treat scars, acne, and burns.
  8. The Vitamin C in rosehips helps collagen production which is an import element in the structure of bones and body.
  9. Iron in rosehips produces red blood cells which oxygenates the body that is lost during menstruation
  10. Rosehips can be used to treat stomach disorders and prevents stomach irritation and ulcers.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cooking with Matsutake

I came across this website which has excellent ideas for cooking with matsutake mushrooms: matsutake chowder, roasted matsutakes, and matsutake tempura with ponzu sauce.

A couple more traditional Japanese dishes that you will enjoy.
It is no dream...
Matsutake are growing
on the belly of the mountain
--Haiku by Shigetaka

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

At Vacant Homes, Foraging for Fruit

Here is a great piece from the New York Times regarding urban foraging and "trespassing" on vacant lots to harvest tree fruit, berries, and wild edibles. It is my hope and dream that we can use our food resources for the collective good of society and not let them rot and go to waste. I pray that law enforcement and other positions of authority will see it the same way.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cure for the Common Cold, Part One: Elderberries

Cooler temperatures are on the way and soon we will be entering the cold and flu season, As sad as this reality may be, there are a couple of wild plants that have been shown to fight flu and cold-like symptoms. The first of these is the elderberry. Elderberries contain large amounts of Vitamin A, B, antioxidants, and have more Vitamin C than oranges. WebMD reports:
"Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body ache. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%."

Elderberry trees and bushes can be found growing wild along country roadsides, forest edges, and abandoned fields. Elderberries are easy to identify and usually fairly easy to harvest a lot of fruit. 

Elderberry produces large, beautiful blossoms that also have many uses, including tea, wine, champagne, and can be used in cooking.
Elderberries do not ripen all at once. Here is an example of blossoms next-to green elderberries next-to almost ripe greyish-purple berries.
Fully ripe, ready to harvest elderberries. Here's a tip: Wait to harvest until after the first frost. This will bring out the natural sugars in the berry and result in an even better tasting final product.