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Join Us Sunday For This Year’s First Wild Edible Walks!

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What: This season’s first two wild edibles walks!

When: Sunday, April 13, 2014, noon and 2 pm

Where: Frick Park Environmental Center, Beechwood Blvd

Cost: Free!!

Please join us on Sunday, April 13, 2014 when we will be leading two forty-five minute wild edibles walks, at noon and 2, at Frick Park’s annual Earth Day Celebration. There will be other free walks as well: mushroom walks, bird walks, animal signs, spider walks just to name a few! Arrive fifteen minutes early to sign up for the walks (20 person limit).

Spring is coming late this year but we will definitely find enough to talk about! Garlic mustard,  onion grass, deadnettle, dandelion, burdock…and we’ll keep a sharp eye out for early edible mushrooms: Dryads saddle and morels!

It will be great fun and I hope to see you there.

More information can be found at Frick Park’s Earth Day website.

Here is the entire list of walks…check them out, they look amazing!

See you Sunday!

~ Melissa Sokulski of Food Under Foot

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Join Us at Frick Park Sunday for Wild Walks Galore!

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Wild Edibles Walk

Wild Edibles Walk

On Sunday, April 21, as part of Frick Park’s new 3-day Earth Day celebration, we will be leading 2 wild edibles walks, at 2 pm and 3 pm.  There will also be wild mushroom walks led by the Western PA Mushroom Club, wildflower walks, lichen/moss walks, spider walks, tree ID walks, bird walks….and MORE! I think it is going to be an amazing time!

The walks are this Sunday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 pm (walks starting at 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm.) Each walk is 45 minutes long. See the whole flyer here. This is a FREE family-friendly event, so if you are in Pittsburgh, Western PA, Ohio, W. Virginia area make it a point to come by, it’s going to be great fun.

We will be looking for and discussing burdock, dandelions, cleavers, violet, clover, fiddleheads, yellow/curly dock, broad leaf dock, garlic mustard, deadnettles, onion grass, morel mushrooms, dryad saddle mushroom, clover, may apple, mugwort, mullein, chickweed, and I’m sure we’ll even find more! Find out how to cook with these amazing plants and use them medicinally as well.

Hope to see you there!

Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Squirrel Hill

For more information about the Earth Day events, call 412-422-6538

or visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/earth-day


~ Melissa Sokulski of Food Under Foot

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Working On Our 2013 Schedule - Best Yet!

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We hope you'll join us this year for our walks, workshops, forays and events!
We hope you’ll join us this year for our walks, workshops, forays and events!

Coming Soon: Our 2013 Wild Edibles Walk and Workshop Schedule

…which I am excited to say is the best yet!!!

We will have 4 walks a month starting in April (maybe sooner, winter walk anyone?)

Great workshops including:

  • Wild Fermentation, Cultured Veggies
  • Wild Fermentation, Natural Sodas
  • Wild Foods Juices and Smoothies
  • Making Tinctures, Vinegars, Oils and Salves
  • Wild Tea Tasting
  • Sketch-Able Edibles, Nature Journaling
  • Wild Ally Workshop
  • A Full Wild Ally Course, which includes the wild ally workshop, 2 other workshops of your choice, a pass for 5 wild edibles walks, a sketch-able edibles class and a printed, bound copy of the Wild Ally Workbook.

Melissa from Food Under Foot giving a Wild Green Smoothie Demo At Chalk Hill, PA

Melissa from Food Under Foot giving a Wild Green Smoothie Demo At Chalk Hill, PA

We are also planning something new this year: Mushroom Forays, including a morel mushroom foray!

Stay tuned…it’s going to be awesome!

Make sure you sign up for our newsletter (green box in the right margin) and our blog updates (also right column, further down) so you’ll know as soon as the schedule is posted.

Already dreaming of morels,Morel mushrooms

~ Melissa

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Walking Trillium Trail with the Girl Scouts

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We had a beautiful walk today with a wonderful girl scout troop. We walked on the Trillium Trail outside Pittsburgh, PA, where hundreds of native trilliums were in bloom. (Trillium is not an edible plant that I know of…but it is gorgeous!)

Trillium (not an edible)

Trillium (not an edible)

We did identify native edible and medicinal plants such as bloodroot, May apple, fiddleheads, wild ginger, spring beauty and trout lily.

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

We also saw some of our “weed” edibles such as the invasive garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed, chickweed, cleavers, ground ivy/creeping Charlie.

Also seen: violets (purple, yellow and white), stinging nettles, wood nettles (stings!), cleavers, broad leaf dock and jewelweed.

And one of the girls spotted this robin’s nest, complete with tiny hatchlings.

Baby Birds (I think robins)

Baby Robins

What an amazing day in Western PA!

Make sure to join us on our walks this Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1 and 2 pm at the Frick Park Earth Day Celebration! It’s at Frick Environmental Center on Beechwood Blvd…the festival runs from 11:30 to 4. Hope to see you there!

~ Melissa

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Frick Park Walk

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Our first walk of the year was so much fun! We had great weather and lots of enthusiastic people. We identified at least 12 wild edibles (including Dryad’s Saddle, an edible mushroom that everyone got to take home.) Unfortunately we didn’t find morels…but join us on Saturday for our Earth Day walks and who knows what we’ll find!

discussing wild edibles at a wild edibles walk in Frick Park

discussing wild edibles at a wild edibles walk in Frick Park

We found and discussed:

Dandelion

dandelion flowers

dandelion flowers

Plantain

Plantain

Plantain

Chickweed

close up of chickweed

close up of chickweed

Japanese knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

Dryad’s Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Purple Archangel (Purple deadnettle)

Lamium purpureum, purple deadnettle

Lamium purpureum, purple deadnettle

Violet

violet

violet

Broad Leaf Dock
Burdock

Burdock

Burdock

Nettles

stinging nettles

stinging nettles

Cleavers
Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

May Apple

We discussed making:

Our next walks are this Saturday at the Frick Park Environmental Center for their family-friendly, free, Earth Day Celebration! The festival is Saturday April 21, 2012  from 11:30 to 4, and we will lead two walks at 1 pm and 2 pm.

Hope to see you there!

~ Melissa

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Walks Scheduled…Including Our First Walk This Sunday!

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Welcome to Food Under Foot!

Many of you are finding us today from the wonderful article published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. If you are new to the site, make sure you sign up for our free newsletter (which includes five free ebooks) in the green box on the right hand margin.

Also, you may have noticed a May 28 walk listed in the newspaper. Unfortunately that was last year’s walk. The good news is: there are walks scheduled even sooner, including our first walk this Sunday! Many more walks will be scheduled this year as well (hopefully including one with Leah!)

Wild Edibles Walks

This Sunday, April 15, 2012. 11 am

Join us for our first walk of the season! We’ll be hunting for morel mushrooms as well as identifying all sorts of wild edibles, so come with a basket or paper bag in case we find some morels!

Where: Parking lot by Frick Park Clay Tennis Courts (Braddock Ave.) See Map

800 South Braddock Ave, 15221

When: Sunday April 15, 2012, 11 am

Fee: $10/person, $15/couple or family (kids under 10 are free), checks or cash only please

Questions: (412) 381-0116

Earth Day Walks in Frick Park

Saturday, April 21, 2012. 1 pm and 2 pm

Join Melissa Sokulski of Food Under Foot at Frick Park’s 2012 Earth Day Celebration! This free celebration takes place at Frick Environmental Center on Beechwood Blvd Pittsburgh, PA from 11:30 to 4 pm. Our free walks will be at 1 pm and 2 pm. Hope to see you there!

Where: Frick Park Nature Center

2005 Beechwood Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15217

When: Saturday April 21, 2012, 1 pm, 2 pm

Fee: Free

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~ Melissa Sokulski

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May Wild Edibles Walks Scheduled!

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Join us for a wild edibles walk!

Join us for a wild edibles walk!

Our Next Walk is Scheduled:

The wild edibles walk in Beaver is postponed…date to be announced. But we’ll still see you Saturday, May 28 at Frick Park! (see below.) Thanks!

Saturday, May 28, 2011, 11 am

Join Melissa Sokulski of the Birch Center/Food Under Foot and Leah Shannon of Pittsburgh Whole Food Nutrition Meetup Group as we walk around Frick Park identifying wild edibles.

Where: Frick Park Nature Center
2005 Beechwood Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15217
When: Saturday May 28, 2011, 11 am
Fee: $5/person, children under 10 free
More information and registration: Pittsburgh Whole Foods Nutrition Meetup Group

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We hope you’ll be able to join us!

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Great Walk in Beaver

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Thank you so much to all the people who joined us in Beaver for our wild edibles walk!

Our group assembling in front of Three Rivers Yoga Beaver

Our group assembling in front of Three Rivers Yoga Beaver

Thanks, too, to Andrea of Three Rivers Yoga Beaver for being such a wonderful host and making us feel so welcome! It was so nice seeing old friends and new faces. We hope to go back there this fall and do another walk, or perhaps a workshop making and sampling some edible creations! Stay tuned!

We found some great edibles on the walk: (for more info on any of these plants, use the search box on this blog - you’ll find tons of information!)

  • Plantain - leaves are edible, as are the seeds, which can be used just like psyllium seeds (which are from another variety of Plantago…P. psyllium or P. ovata. The one pictured is P. major.) Leaves can also be crushed and placed on bites, stings, cuts or rashes (”Fairy Band-aids”.) Here is how to make plantain oil.
    Plantain, Plantago major

    Plantain, Plantago major


    Plantain seeds, use as you would psyllium seeds

    Plantain seeds, use as you would psyllium seeds

  • Purslane - this succulent edible plant has appreciable amounts of omega 3 fatty acids (like fish oil and flax seed oil)
    purslane

    purslane

  • Dandelion - see our Dandelion page for lots of information on dandelions!
  • Lambs Quarters - also known as wild spinach, this relative of quinoa is high in protein and has more calcium than kale
    Lambs Quarters - Chenopodium album

    Lambs Quarters - Chenopodium album

  • Burdock - see our Burdock page for more information on Burdock
  • Wild Carrot/Queen Anne’s Lace…which although is edible we do not eat due to its close resemblance to its deadly relatives: Poison Hemlock and Water Hemlock.
    Wild Carrot Flowers

    Wild Carrot Flowers

    Wild Carrot Root - smells like a carrot!

    Wild Carrot Root - smells like a carrot!

  • Poke Weed - only edible in the early spring, when it first shoots from the ground, though herbalists use tiny amounts of the tinctured root and/or berries to treat cancer. (The root and berries are generally considered poisonous.) The berries are used as a dye for fabric.
  • Acorns/Oak Tree - many acorns are bitter, because they are high in tannins. Boil the nut meats in water, refreshing the water as it turns brown until it no longer does. Now you can dry the acorns and eat them whole or grind them into flour, which is how the Native Americans used them.
    Acorns in a White Oak Tree

    Acorns in a White Oak Tree

  • Sumac, with which we love to make a lemony drink, but steeping the red fruits in cold water overnight.
    Sumac

    Sumac

  • We also discussed the differences between Red Clover and Crown Vetch (one edible, one poisonous)

Two of our favorite books on wild edibles are:

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Thanks again!

Melissa and David Sokulski

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