AKA juneberry, AKA shadbush, AKA saskatoon, AKA Snowy Mespilus, AKA apple serviceberry, AKA quite-possibly-the-best-little-berry-you’ll-ever-find-growing-on-a-tree.
AKA Lycium chinense I love goji berries. They’re not the candy-sweet berries you get with raspberries or strawberries. Rather, they’re more like the flavor of a tomato or bell-pepper, but they are perennial and incredibly hardy. I would love to see these little red ‘maters showing up in the produce department, sold by the pound. But for now, I’ll grow […]
Rather than fighting nature, we ought to be working with nature, using the tools that nature uses, and assisting nature do what it does best—create natural ecosystems. If we learn to act out of thoughtful, conscious forethought, rather than manmade traditions of patterns which are designed only for aesthetics and rigid order, we’ll find that everything works together in a […]
If you want to design an effective ecosystem, it helps to understand some of the basics of genetics. Doing so will equip you to speed up the adaptation of the species in your system. A well adapted species will eventually provide for you for the rest of your life with little or no effort at all.
That thing you’re getting too much of–the thing you have an excess of, that’s your crop. And if it’s not something that adds something to your own self-reliance or wallet, then find the thing that requires that crop in order to live. For example, if you have a terrible excess of wild unusable grass, get geese. Grass was your crop, […]
Alfalfa is a perennial of the Fabaceae (beans and peas) family, and it was introduced into North America from (probably) the Mediterranean around 1850. Uses: Primary use: eating raw sprouts from seed. Raw alfalfa sprouts are a favorite on salads, in sandwiches, and in soups, or anywhere fresh green peas, lettuce, or spinach might be used. The young leaves and branches (light […]
Also known as pale madwort, (madwort is the common name for all alyssum) Desert Alyssum is a reseeding annual native to Eurasia, introduced into North America. As with other plants, the word wort means medicine, and mad-wort essentially meant, “medicine to treat madness.” Uses: Primary use: Eating the raw leaves. All parts are edible raw or cooked. Yellow alyssum has a rather mild […]
Also known as desert madwort, (madwort is the common name for all alyssum), or dwarf alyssum Desert Alyssum is a reseeding annual native to Europe (Italy)http://www.abc.botanic.hr/index.php/abc/article/view/1331 and Asia, introduced into North AmericaUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ALDED for medicinal purposes.http://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/112171 — a rather in depth article on alyssum desertorum, which compiles all the research sources listed below As with other plants, the word wort means […]
This is a borrowed podcast episode–from my personal Overtones podcast. You’ll have to excuse the extra stuff like the intro and ending song… they’re traditions surrounding that podcast. But the content of this episode is so important I decided to just include the whole thing here. The pros and cons of GMO, Hybrid, and Heirloom plants. Spoiler alert: they all have both–and […]
There is great power in observation and identification. Learn what you have, and you’ll have SO much more understanding of the potential of your system. And here are the links to the Facebook groups I mentioned: https://www.facebook.com/groups/planteducation/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/623997204362467/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/utahplantidentification/ And al Utah, I suspect there are plant identification groups wherever you are. Just do a Facebook search for them, or […]
The mustard family, officially called brassicaceae, is one of the star players in the wild food game, because every species in the mustard family is edible. That means that as long as you can positively identify a wild plant as a brassica (a nickname for members of the mustard family), you know you can eat it. And for most families […]
Wild Tater Podcast is a show that explores the whole wild world of food plants, our relationship to the earth, nature, and the environment, and seeks to educate starving nations on the potential they have to become aware of food they may not know they’ve had all along.