Learn Your Land

By Adam Haritan

First, I want to say “Thank you!” to everyone who pre-registered for the upcoming Spring Flora & Fungi Hike on April 15th.  Registration is now closed, as both walks have filled to max capacity.  Stay tuned for another Learn Your Land outdoor event to be held in early June!

Second, let’s talk about plants.  But not just any plants.  Weedy plants.

Most people dislike them.  Some people poison them.  And hardly anyone eats them.

And that’s fascinating.  Because if we’re interested in sourcing local, sustainable, and nutritious ingredients directly from our landscape (all while improving the landscape), we’d be wise to pay some attention to the weeds.

I recently spent an afternoon exploring the woods in search of early spring plants, and not too surprisingly, I encountered many weeds.  What’s more, a few of them were actually quite tasty.  However, despite their edibility, and despite their ubiquity, these weeds are rarely eaten by humans.

Needless to say, I filmed a video.  In it, I discuss the edible and medicinal qualities of three weeds that you’re probably not (but could be!) eating.  If you’re interested in adding a few new seasonal ingredients to your meals, check out the new video!

 

Have you seen these wildflowers?  Both belong to the same shrub, though they’re easily overlooked.  As the year progresses, the female flowers (pictured on the right) will develop into edible, nutritious, and delicious nuts valued by wildlife and human foragers alike.  Check out this recent Instagram post to learn more! Click to view post

Thanks for reading and watching, and as always, thank you for your support!

-Adam Haritan

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