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Tree Teas are a Good Source of Vitamin C

The other day I wrote a blog on Pine Trees, How to Eat One.  In the article, I discussed making tea from pine needles.  This is a tea that is heavy with vitamin C and good for you.  One thing … Continue reading






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Pine Trees, How to Eat One

A few years back I talked with a Korean who told me that during the Korean War they ate pine bark when food was in short supply.  It kept them alive, when times were tough.  Now eating pine trees has … Continue reading






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Cow Parsnip a Useful Edible Plant

Heracleum maximum commonly known as cow parsnip (also known as Indian celery, Indian rhubarb or pushki) is a plant that is Native to North America.  Cow parsnip is distributed throughout most of the continental United States except the Gulf coast.  It occurs from sea level to about 9000 ft, and is … Continue reading






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Cooking with Prickly Pears

In my younger years, my grandmother canned cactus pads and made jelly from the fruit of the cactus.  The pads are flat and look like a large leave.  Indian Fig is the most commonly used prickly pear species for culinary … Continue reading






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Growing and Preserving Figs

We have a large fig tree in our back yard.  For the amount of space and the limited care it takes, it produces way more fruit than any other fruit tree of which I am aware.  It will produce two … Continue reading






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It is Free Food Time!

Every year starting about now I gather free food.  Just today, I was out gathering wild plums.  On one of the trails that I regularly hike, there are several wild plum trees.  There are both yellow and red plums and they are … Continue reading






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40 Most Common Edible Wild Plants in North America

Edible wild plants are an often-overlooked food source.  Many of the edible wild plants on this list probably grow near you, regardless of whether you live in the city or country. Find a book that covers the edible wild plants … Continue reading






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Acorn Grubs are Good To Eat

A while back I wrote three post on cooking with acorns.  Cooking with Acorns is easy,  Uses of Acorns and Acorns.  These articles show you how to cook with acorns and some of their other uses. Besides being edible, the tannic … Continue reading






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Mesquite Beans and How to Harvest and Use Them

Mesquite trees are found in northern Mexico throughout the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, and as far north as southern Kansas, west to the Colorado Desert in California, and east to parts of Texas These deciduous trees can reach a height of 20 to 30 ft although in most of their range they … Continue reading






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The Groundnut or Indian Potato a Good Edible Plant

Groundnut, Apios americana, sometimes called the potato bean, Indian potato, potato pea, pig potato, bog-potato, wild bean, wild sweet potato, America-hodoimo, hopniss is a perennial vine that bears edible beans and large edible tubers.  Its vine can grow to 3-20 long, with leaves 4 to 9 inches long with 1-3 leaflets. … Continue reading






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