Oak & Acorn: Staghorn Sumac Berry Lemonade

Bike Rides & Staghorn Sumac Berry Lemonade

It’s the month of August which means you are probably spending most of your time outdoors with your children. My daughter, Thu, and I have been spending a lot of our time at swimming holes, hiking, at pick-your-own farms, taking post-dinner walks and riding our bikes on the bike path and throughout the town.

Summer is a good time for walking around with your kids and teaching them about what surrounds us. Kids seem to spot everything and anything, a lot of times noticing the small things that we adults may seem to have missed. With the weather being so nice, we have been spending a tremendous amount of time outdoors.

A plant that you may be noticing growing in various spots around us right now is the Rhus typhina, the Staghorn Sumac. I first learned that this plant is edible and used for medicinal purposes when I took a foraging walk a while back with local wild foods enthusiast extraordinaire Blanche Derby. I hadn’t used the knowledge I learned about Staghorn Sumac since going on that walk up until a couple weeks ago…

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Oak & Acorn: Edible Summer Flowers

Daylilies: The Perfect Perennial

Leslie Lynn Lucio

If you find yourself with an abundance of daylilies your yard, or are just on a walk and come across wild ones, give them a try. Just remember with all edibles, to not pick any that you know have pesticides or are by a busy road with cars. (Photo credit: Leslie Lynn Lucio)

It’s mid-summer and it feels like anything and everything is starting to grow around us. Flowers are blooming everywhere and you can certainly spot flower beds from quite the distance. Wild edibles might be growing in your garden right now and one of the flowers that stands out in mid-July is the daylily. These are easy to spot with their long stems, star-shaped flower and bright yellow-orange petals. The daylily, Hemerocallis fulva, is a flower that you most probably are spotting several times throughout the day this time of year. It is also a flower that you may or may not realize is almost entirely edible…

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Discovering Bishops Weed

Leni Fried of Cummington, MA writes:

Do any of you know of the plant Bishops Weed also known as Goutweed or Ground Elder? I have spent many an hour routing it out or covering it. It’s overly enthusiastic and quite invasive. I researched it yesterday to see if it is edible. It turns out the roots, leaves and seeds are edible! The seeds are prized in Indian cooking and are known as Carom Seeds. They are also used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine.

Here is a link for Bishops Weed greek pie over at nami-nami. Keep me posted if anyone has tried using it and any recipes!

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