Posts tagged “foraging”

Safe and Ethical Foraging with One Final Cow Parsnip Recipe

Cow Parsnip Ice Cream with Cow Parsnip Chips and Strawberries. Photograph by Laurie Constantino


Eager to ensure enthusiasm doesn’t get the better of my taste buds, I’ve been carrying samples of foraged food with me wherever I go and offering tastes to anyone and everyone. Wild chips, roasts, curries, and ice creams are my calling card as I investigate whether my recipes have more ...

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Wild Edibles: How to Harvest and Cook Cow Parsnip Greens

Cow Parsnips Ready for Harvest. Photograph by Laurie Constantino


Young cow parsnips shoots and leaves have wonderful flavor. When prepared correctly, they’re a highly desirable wild edible.

I can hear the groans now. “Cow parsnip is a horrible plant.” “I’m allergic to cow parsnip.” “Cow parsnip stinks.” “Cow parsnip is the curse of the trail.” “Avoid it at all costs.” ...

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Juicy Salty Crunchy: Samphire, A Delicious Wild Edible

Fresh-Sea-Beans / Samphire

Sea beans, beach asparagus, samphire, salicornia, glasswort, pickleweed and many more; the names for this family of juicy salty crunchy vegetables is one of the wild world’s tastiest treats. In Anchorage, they’re generally called sea beans, but are stuck in my mind as samphire, what they were called when we ...

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Delicious Dandelion Salad: Yours for the Picking (& Cleaning)

The Perfect Ready-to-Pick Dandelion



One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, four o’clock chimes Dandelions don’t care about the time Dandelion don’t tell no lies Dandelion will make you wise

–Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Dandelions are one of the world’s best wild edibles. Whether or not they make you wise, eating dandelions will make you happy because they taste so ...

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Alaska Forager’s Alert!

Devil's Club Leaf Bud

Foraging season in Anchorage, Alaska is underway. Dandelions and fireweed are ready to harvest and eat. Nettles are starting to emerge. Devil’s club buds are still too small for harvesting, but will likely be ready during the next week or so. In a normal year, spruce tips, sea lovage, and ...

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