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Video of Maple Tree Tapping

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Here is a short video I took of Dave tapping the maple tree. It goes a little wonky at first…but it’s pretty interesting to see how fast the sap starts to flow!

For more info on our maple tree tapping and syrup/sugar making, you can see these previous posts:

Enjoy the video!

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Paw Paw Slushie

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As promised, here is the recipe for the delicious paw paw slushie I made with the amazing stash of paw paws harvested from the trees I found in our neighborhood (with the owner’s permission, I should add!)

Collection of Ripe Paw Paws

Collection of Ripe Paw Paws

First, I peeled about four or five paw paws with a regular vegetable peeler, and put them in a colander (yes, one of them does have a bite out of it! I couldn’t resist.):

peeled paw paws

peeled paw paws

These paw paws were so ripe and soft, I just began to mash them by hand (the ultimate aim is to separate the seeds (which you should not eat - they may be toxic) from the fruit:

mashing up the paw paws in colander

mashing up the paw paws in colander

Here’s how they look all mashed up:

mashed paw paws with seeds

mashed paw paws with seeds

I had the colander in a larger bowl (both the colander and bowl are actually part of a salad spinner…I did not use the top to spin it, just mashed the fruit through the holes by hand):

separating the seeds from fruit with colander and bowl (of a salad spinner)

separating the seeds from fruit with colander and bowl (of a salad spinner)

I put the mashed paw paw fruit in a blender (I used our vitamix) with a bit of water and a lot of ice. It was actually very rich, like an icy pudding, so I added more water to my taste…I was in the mood for something to drink. You can experiment and see what you like:

Paw Paw Slushie

Paw Paw Slushie

It made a lot…I saved the extra in a glass jar in the fridge, and then added it to my smoothie the next morning…I had a green smoothie with bananas, paw paws, frozen mangoes, collard greens, spirulina, water and ice. You can watch here as I make a similar green smoothie using wild lamb’s quarters from our garden.

I hope you enjoy! Please let us know your experience with paw paws by commenting to this post!

Also, if you enjoy these type of posts, please make sure you sign up for our free newsletter (you’ll find the sign up box in the right margin, it’s a green box with blue feet.) You’ll get five free ebooks, detailing five different wild edible plants, with great pictures and information on how to identify, harvest and use some very common plants, complete with recipes! Please sign up now…thank you!!

~ Melissa

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Autumn is Here!

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Autumn is here! And with it come two of my favorite wild edibles: Black Walnuts and Paw Paws! We were lucky enough to find both yesterday (and me without my camera!), but I’ll get some pictures and post them as soon as possible. (Below are some pictures of the paw paws we found last year.)

For now, please enjoy the video below from last year, which shows Ella and me cracking (and eating) black walnuts. The walnuts in the video have already been hulled (they have green hulls, when you find them on the ground, they really look like tennis balls at first glance) and dried.

To hull them, step on the walnut with your foot (wear shoes!) and then take the walnut out. You’ll want to wear gloves! The yellow stain will turn black and will stain your hands and anything else you get it on. (We’ll post pics of how to do this.)

Sometimes you’ll find worms under the hull, I usually discard these walnuts! Also, get the hulls off when they are still green - they’ll turn black eventually and give the walnuts a bitter taste.

Then, just set them out to dry, but don’t leave them outside or the squirrels will make off with your stash!

When they’re ready, you’ll have to crack into them and eat them, and that is what you’ll see below.

Enjoy!

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Talk Tonight At Coop; Workshop Saturday

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Cookies Made with Wild Edible Flowers

Cookies Made with Wild Edible Flowers

If you are in Pittsburgh, PA, please join Melissa and David Sokulski tonight - Thursday, May 28 at 7 pm - at the East End Food Coop. We’re going to be talking about Wild Edibles in Pittsburgh (and sampling a few treats made with wild edibles!) The talk is free and open to all. For more information or to register, call the coop at (412) 242-3598.

On Saturday, May 30, we hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a fantastic Wild Edibles Workshop! We’ll start with a Wild Edibles walk around Frick park. We’ll all make garlic mustard vinegar to take home. Melissa will demonstrate recipes using wild edibles, and we’ll sample those plus other previously made yummy treats.

On the menu are:

  • Wild Pesto
  • Red Clover Apple Cookies
  • Dandelion Wine
  • Plantain Crisps
  • Wild Green Smoothie
  • Lemony Ginger Burdock Juice
  • Various Vinegars made with Wild Edibles

Each participant will get a full color identification guide of all the wild plants used, along with the recipes.

The class is from 10 am to 1 pm, and is $35.

Please call us at (412) 381-0116 to reserve your space! (Please call soon by Friday, space is limited!)

More information can be found on our wild events page.

We hope to see you soon!

~ Melissa and Dave

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Garden to Green Smoothie: Lamb’s Quarters

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I hope you are enjoying our eBook series! (If you haven’t signed up, please do - in the box to the right - you’ll receive 5 free eBooks about different wild edibles.) You may or may not have gotten the one about lamb’s quarters recently (if you haven’t, it’s on the way!) Below is a video of me harvesting the lamb’s quarters from our unplanted garden, and making a green smoothie with it (the recipe is in the eBook, but you’ll also find it in the video, and I’ll write it out below as well.)

In the video I mention “spinach mite” as making the red dots on the lamb’s quarters leaves. The actual name of the bug is spinach leaf miner, and along with lamb’s quarters it can affect spinach, beets and chard, which are all related.

Enjoy the video!

Green Smoothie Recipe:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango
  • handful strawberries (with greens left on)
    large handful of lamb’s quarters (about a cup)
  • ice
  • water (about 3 cups, depends how thick or thin you like your smoothie)

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Much love,
~ Melissa

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Wild Edible Walk, Burdock

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Did you get your Free Burdock e-Book yet?  If not, please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter (right) and it will come right away (plus four more on the way!)

If you missed our Wild Edible Walk in Frick park on Saturday, here is a video footage of me, Melissa, talking about Burdock:

Here  are some other great pictures of what we encountered:

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

Plantain

Plantain

violet

violet

Please join us this Sunday, April 26 at 11 am for our next walk, on Pittsburgh’s south side, down by the river. For more information, check our wild events page or call (412) 381-0116.

See you soon!

~Melissa

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Mugwort Video

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Here’s our first video!

I describe how to identify and harvest mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) and make a vinegar with it.

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