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cooking pokeweed

Discover the Possibilities of Pokeweed

The fresh, young leaves are gathered in spring soon after they emerge and are gently simmered in two changes of water until tender. The finished product resembles cooked spinach, but the texture is incomparably creamy and the flavor is richly reminiscent of asparagus. This quaint country dish was once known as poke salat, which is […]

The author holds large edible puffballs.

Appreciating Wild Mushrooms

Hunting and eating edible wild mushrooms is an extremely popular culture in some countries, but most people in the United States associate them with stomach issues, trips to the hospital and even death. Clearly, there is a need for education on the subject, and with that education, a new world of potential food delicacies will […]

River or giant cane is the largest and most noticeable of the three native types of bamboo.

America’s Native Bamboo

Mention the word “bamboo” and visions of China, panda bears and exotic jungles readily come to mind for most of us living in the Western Hemisphere. Indeed, the majority of the 1,450 species of true bamboo found throughout the world originate in Southern and Southeastern Asian countries, with a few scattered species found in Africa […]

pollination experiment on beach plums

Regional Crops: Preserving Diversity

Whether indigenous or introduced, wild-harvested or cultivated, these food crops at one time held great importance in their various localities. Interest in less commonly known specialty crops is increasing, even while their growing popularity is sometimes accompanied by controversy.

Edible bamboo

Identifying, Harvesting & Cooking Bamboo

There are many people who believe that every species is edible after boiling. For that reason, it should be an important edible for the wild foods forager to keep in mind. In other countries such as Japan, China, Thailand, India, Africa and some Latin countries, it is eaten as a vegetable on a daily basis. […]

wild potato vine

Harvesting, Preparing Wild Potato

It’s true; the edible plants our ancestors have cultivated for hundreds of years are the main ones that get placed on the kitchen table, but their “wild” edible cousins that go back thousands of years — including wild potato — will most likely remain the black sheep of the family because few see their true […]