As 2014 draws to a close, it’s fun to look back at all the fun we had with wild edibles this past year here at Food Under Foot.
The year started, as they always do, in the midst of winter, but we were far from being done with wild edibles! Last January we found ourselves enjoying Jerusalem Artichokes, or Sunchoke Tubers, which we dug every chance we got. We enjoyed them raw, roasted and in soup.
Melissa also put out the first book of the year that winter: Winter Foraging Wild Food Feasting, which was a fun celebration of wild edibles found in winter! From roots and tubers to cold weather loving greens like chickweed and deadnettles, this book is a great resource for winter edibles and delicious recipes for any table!
As we neared the spring equinox, we took to the road, traveling west to Tuscon, AZ where we got to learn about edible cacti, including the barrel cactus which was fruiting when we arrived! We found candies made of prickly pear cactus in all the gift shops, and were reminded of Jason’s delicious Prickly Pear Sorbet.
We returned to Pittsburgh, PA in time for Morel Season!
We also had great walks this year, including our Frick Park Earth Day walk, a morel mushroom walk, and a walk around Schenley oval in the summer.
Of course we made lots of yummy wild recipes all year long here at Food Under Foot. We also did fun things to preserve our wild harvest, like putting up wild honey and making smudges and moxibustion (used in acupuncture treatments at our Birch Center for Acupuncture in Pittsburgh) from wild mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris.)
Melissa also put out a new book, Wild Edibles 101, in response to many people requesting a beginning recipe book with common wild edibles.
This fall Food Under Foot’s Melissa Sokulski was featured in a newspaper article about acorns, Pittsburgh-area Foragers Go Nuts for Acorns. You can find links to all recent newspaper articles about us here.
And to end this year and start the new one fresh, you can still pick up a copy of the Wild Plant Ally Workbook for whatever price you choose, as low as 99 cents! What a great way to start 2015: by choosing a wild plant ally and studying all year, January to December!
What is the first date you find your ally sprouting? What does your ally look like month to month? What are the best ways to harvest and use it? This workbook will take you through all that and by the end of the year you will know one plant so well it will be your go-to for everything: from ailments to dinner dishes, and it will open the way for you to deeply learn about the world of wild edibles! Please, as our gift to you, download this book for just 99 cents and start the year with a new wild ally!
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and we are looking forward to so much more wild fun with you in 2015!!!
Melissa, Dave and Jason
The Folks at Food Under Foot